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... who told me he was in Puerto Plata to learn Spanish. Really? Why would anyone pick the Dominican Republic as the place to study Spanish? They speak such a fast and sloppy dialect of it in the Caribbean islands compared to the clearer dialect in Mexico and Andean South America. Well, I guess he wasn’t necessarily learning Dominican, and Puerto Plata has nice beaches which Quito and Medellin and Antigua don’t have.
The Teleferico to the top of Pico Isabel de Torres, ...
... other beach activities that involve
wind and waves. The town also seemed to have a higher proportion of North
Americans among the tourists than the other resorts in the D.R.
I stopped for a while in Sosua, a busy north coast beach
town with a reputation as a center for sex tourism. Rather than sex, though, it
was the Jewish Museum and Synagogue that were the draws for me. Back in the
late 1930s Dominican ...
... out of our comfort zone. When planning the trip, this is exactly what I hoped for, in reality, it is really hard. I am learning a lot about myself. About how self-centered I am, about how I like all the comforts of 'home', about the fact that I (and this is a *******e to admit) have some deep inner belief that I do 'deserve' better because I am an America...better than what I am not sure exactly, but better than things are here.
So after two weeks of being here, ...
... a concho, which is their main source of public transportation. A concho is a very small car and they fit 4 people in the back and 3 people in the front. The driving here is ridiculous! There are no lines on the road and people speed and drive very very close to one another. The way they drive reminds me of how people in New York drive!
This weekend we will be going to a resort to hang out on the beach....pics will be coming ...
... gifts for free which was awesome. Definitely worth the 15 minutes of attention they asked from us. We were too timid to leave the resort, minus the excursions we signed up for. We went on boat ride out to Paradise island and snorkelled with the Monkey fish, a very fond memory!! (IF you don't have an underwater camera, spend the $5 to buy one, wish I had!!). This also included a stop at a Vigar factory which was interesting. We also ...