Seeing the real Dominican on an Outback Safari!

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our truck bus thing

Lindsay and I had to wake up super early(6:45am) to get ready and have breakfast and such. The breakfast was actually really good, I had pancakes and they were awesome. We had to be at the meeting place at 8:20, near the disco. There were a ton of people there and we were a bit confused about where to go. Everyone kept getting on different buses and ours eventually came and there was just Lindsay and me and another couple and our guide Eddy. The road was really bumpy but it was really fun. We went to 3 other resorts to pick up other tourists. By the end the bus was full.

As we were driving Eddy would tell us facts and info about the country, he was really funny. He told us that the average Dominican person that doesn't live in a big city makes 450 US dollars a month which isn't enough to live.

mountains
Also, the inflation rate there is 28% and the unemployment rate is 16%. Sitting next to me was an older couple from Ontario and across from them was a young couple from New Hampshire, as well as Tanya and Kurtis, our new friends from Ontario. Everyone was really nice and the driver was really funny too. Our first stop was at a typical Dominican house and we got there a little before 10am I believe. We walked around the house and looked inside it and Eddy told us about the family that lived there. Then we went to the shop area where the owner of the house showed us how to make coconut juice and we were also able to buy some of the stuff they made there. We also tried some of the coffee they made there and it was really good. When we headed back to the bus our driver, Christian, informed us that it was happy hour so he started pouring everyone drinks.
buildings
They would dump out some of the pop and pour in rum. 7up and rum is what Eddy calls Dominican champagne. We got back on the bus with our drinks and left.

We headed towards the mountains and up some side roads and through some small towns. I felt like such a tourist though, we were taking picture of people just living their daily lives. Then we went down some roads and ended up at a small school. It was on a Friday and the kids were on their last day of school so they were all celebrating. Some of the people on our bus brought school supplies and toys for the kids. They all seemed so happy, it was cool seeing that. There were also a lot of wasps there, which was pretty uncool. Before getting back on the bus we got some more drinks. Eddy would always be like 'It's Happy Hour!!' and give everyone booze.

you can kind of see the pig being skinned over there
It was pretty sweet.

Next we went to a sort of animal sanctuary/coffee making place..I'm not too sure what it was but there were small crocodiles and crabs and turtles there. There was also a bunch of food that the tour guides told us about and then we tried some. They told us how to make this alcohol called mamajuana...i don't know how to spell it but it looks a lot like marijuana when I spell it like that...Anywho, Linds and I didn't try it after seeing a bee fly into some other guys. The guy also said it was known as Dominican Viagra because it's a natural aphrodesiac(again with the spelling, sorry!). But we did try some hot chocolate and also bought some coffee beans and cinnamon sticks that smelt so good.

Then we had some more drinks and went for lunch at 2ish.

the pharmacy
We walked through this really cool garden type situation and then got to the lunch area which was a buffet. We went up by bus(there were 4 or 5 different buses for this tour), we were last but it was worth the wait because we were so hungry. It was really good food, typical Dominican lunch Eddy said. Beans and rice and meat. There was some salad and bread and spaghetti too. It was awesome. We chilled at the buffet for a bit before going to our last activity, boogie boarding!

We went to Playa del Macau beach or something like that, but it was so much fun. There were pretty big waves, I'd never been boogy boarding before so I was so excited. It was one of the funnest things I've ever done. After we looked at some jewelery and played with some stray dogs before getting back on the bus.

gas station...which apparently is $6US a gallon
We got back to the resort at 5ish, we were the 1st to be picked up and the last to be dropped off.

We met my dad and brother at the bar area and then went back to our room to change for dinner. We went to the Italian restaurant at the Caribe part of the resort and it was soo good. Our waitress was hilarious too, she thought we were funny because we ate a lot of the bread sticks that most people don't eat. Near the end of our meal she brought 4 shots of this red stuff and said 'Mamajuana!!'...Linds and I knew exactly what it was because we learnt earlier but they had no idea and we were all laughing so hard it was great, we also got a picture with her she was so awesome.

After that Linds and I sat at the pool bar area and hung out with our new friend Greg from Ontario.

me and linds on the bus
Everyone is from Ontario its nuts! Then that kid from Coquitlam came and sat with us and it actually turns out hes really wierd. He made friends with this dutch guy who barely spoke English and they sat with us and we attempted to teach them kings cup but neither of them really understood it...it was interesting. They left to go to the disco and we stayed and played more cards. We ended up going to bed at around 1am I think. It was an awesome day.

 

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our truck bus thing
our truck bus thing
mountains
mountains
buildings
buildings
you can kind of see the pig being …
you can kind of see the pig being…
the pharmacy
the pharmacy
gas station...which apparently is …
gas station...which apparently is…
me and linds on the bus
me and linds on the bus
our vehicle
our vehicle
Dominican house
Dominican house
making coconut juice
making coconut juice
drinking some coffee
drinking some coffee
happy hour! christian getting read…
happy hour! christian getting rea…
the school
the school
kids opening the toys
kids opening the toys
christian drove away without eddy.
christian drove away without eddy.
people
people
eddy decided to stop the bus and p…
eddy decided to stop the bus and …
crocodile
crocodile
eddy playing with crabs
eddy playing with crabs
a bee attacked me
a bee attacked me
linds got a picture with a snake o…
linds got a picture with a snake …
we gave that kid a dollar
we gave that kid a dollar
tobacco
tobacco
garden area before lunch
garden area before lunch
all of us at lunch
all of us at lunch
awesome colored house
awesome colored house
the beach we went boogie boarding …
the beach we went boogie boarding…
cute stray dogs
cute stray dogs
more beach
more beach
me and linds after boogie boarding
me and linds after boogie boarding
petting the cute skinny dogs
petting the cute skinny dogs
me and linds and the best tour gui…
me and linds and the best tour gu…
lindsay was in a bad mood so I che…
lindsay was in a bad mood so I ch…
dinner at the Italian restaurant
dinner at the Italian restaurant
our sweet waitress
our sweet waitress
I think she had a crush on my dad
I think she had a crush on my dad
me and Greg
me and Greg
wierd kids who dont understand dr…
wierd kids who don't understand d…
lindsays shirts hilarious
lindsay's shirts hilarious
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