Dominican Republic
La Barbacoa

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    • Day 1

      Meeting the others

      May 26, 2022 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      After spanish class we were starving, so we ate an apple and some crackers and started reading our contract we still needed to sign. After we finished we went out and saw a very pretty sunset, the clouds were all pink and the houses stood in a golden light. We ate dinner at a mexican restaurant, where we met some of the other volunteers.
      That‘s where I got my message that I would have to work tomorrow..
      10 am in front of the diving center - I‘m excited!
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    • Day 1

      Arrival in Las Terrenas

      May 26, 2022 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Turns out the three german guys I had eaten breakfast with planned on going to Las Terrenas too, so they joined me on the busride. I was really happy to have them with me, I felt way more secure and we had very good talks. I was impressed by the scenery and by the landscaped we passed, from green fields, over mountains with an awesome view to jungles, rainforests and busy cities.
      When we arrived in las Terrenas, I got picked up by Rio, a guy from my project. At the volunteer apartments I was introduced to my Coordinator Camilla and my roomie, Theresa from Germany. We got along very well right from the beginning. We went to the beach and ate a smoothiebowl. Afterwards we went grocery shopping, but forgot to bring bags for the groceries so we had to put everything into „carton boxes“. We were already late for spanish class, therefore we had to run through the whole town with these boxes in our arms in order to get there in time. We were late, but it didnt matter:)
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    • Day 9

      Las Terrenas

      February 19 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Journée tranquille. L'attrait principal de las Terrenas ce sont les plages. Elles sont , en effet, très belles.
      La ville n'a rien d'attrayant , la rue principale disparaît littéralement derrière les boutiques , les échoppes d'art haïtien et les centres commerciaux.
      C'est cosmopolite, y a du monde, ça bouge.
      Nous pratiquons la farniente à l'hôtel et sur la plage.
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    • Day 12

      Sleeping under the stars

      June 6, 2022 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      After a spectacular deep dive at 9am in the morning, another urchin monitoring dive followed. Unfortunately we barely found urchins which were still alive, but also only descovered two skeletons of dead ones. We were diving in a place with huge rocks with caves and lots of fish. I was particularly interested in one cave since I was quite sure I could see light at the other end. So I looked at it more carefully and figured that I could actually dive through it. As I was swimming through the tunnel I started realizing that it was way tighter than I had expected and that I couldnt turn around, so I had to get to the other end anyways. Suddenly in the middle of the cave, I saw something moving in front of me. A lionfish. Oh Oh.. not good.. not good at all.. i thought. Lionfish are not agressive but they‘ll harm you if you get too close to them. They are poisonous and dangerous to humans if they sting you. So i put my hands to the sides of the cave and slowly tried to push me backwards out of it. I made it out safe but was quite under a shock afterwards. In the afternoon it was my turn to fill up the tanks. Unfortunately today, due to our double dives, we had used 10 tanks total so it took me about 3 hours until I was done. Then I went to playa anclon with the others where we got stung by so many sandflies, it was crazy. In the evening Theresa and I prepared food and brought it up to the rooftop where we met all the others for dinner. We tried to cool plantains like they do it here but it turned out to be an epic fail, it was almost inedible. Even though we didnt go to the club nor stayed at a bar, it was my absolute favourite evening so far. We sat at the table for hours, listened to music, sang along, discussed and laughed. At some point, when there were only René, Rio, Mirjam, Nina and me left, I said that I was so tired but that I didnt want this evening to end so I wouldnt go downstairs to my room. Then suddenly René suggested that we could just sleep up here. We all laughed (at the joke) at first but then looked at eachother and then I knew, yes, we were crazy enough to do it. Half an hour later we had brought up all oir matrasses, brushed our teeth and were laying on the rooftop under our blankets, admiring the stars. We went on talking for a long time and even downloaded an app to figure out which star- constellations we could see. Apart from the obvious big dipper, We saw the scorpion, the swan and the harp. Time flew while we were stargazing and eventually we fell asleep.Read more

    • Day 16

      Bachata Night

      June 10, 2022 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      A big part of the Dominican culture is dancing, especially Bachata and Salsa. That‘s why a couple of days ago I visited a Salsa/Bachata class in order to learn the basics. It was really fun, we were about the same amount of women as of men, so we could actually try out the steps and moves with partners. They were mostly between 40 and 60 year old retired, rich, french people livong in Las Terrenas, but it was cool anyways. The teachers were young dominicans and you could tell dancing is in their blood. So on Friday we had a double dive and we were 8 People, accordingly we had to fill up 16 tanks!!! We knew this would take forever, especially because with this immense heat, the compressor would need at least 5 breaks and maybe even a piña colada to cool down, so we decided to stay at the diving all together instead of one person staying there and doing it. We ate bananas, drank Santo Libre (Rum-Sprite), Lime-Tonics and played card games. In the evening we watched the sunset and I took a Motoconcho to get home. This dude was really crazy, he drove so fast that i had to hold myself onto him instead of only to the moto. He didnt even care about the speed boosters and bumps on the road, we basically just jumped over them. I was glad to still be alive when I arrived at the ayuntamiento next to our appartment and cooked dinner. Our dancing instructors had invited us to a bar-restaurant, where there would be dancing at night. We went and were amazed by what we saw. There were many locals, includind a youg dominican dancing teacher I had met at the beach once and I had already danced with, dancing bachata and salsa in the middle of the room with guests, people walking by, waiters and with each other. I was happy I could try out the new steps I learned and didnt feel too lost after all. We stayed for a long time and enjoyed the atmosphere & the delicious sangrías;)Read more

    • Day 13

      16.08 - Las Terrenas

      August 16, 2022 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

      Nach einem sehr entspannten Vormittag in unserem Dschungelhostel in Cabarete, ging es um 13:40 mit dem einzigen Guagua, einem privaten Minibus, an diesem Tag, direkt auf die sagenumwobene Halbinsel Samana, genauergesagt nach Las Terrenas!
      Gute 4 Stunden dauerte die Fahrt. Inklusive mehrerer Tankpausen und DriveThrough-Momenten. Um kurz vor 6 waren wir endlich in Las Terrenas. Auf der Fahrt nach Las Terrenas ging es gefühlt durch das Auenland und gleichzeitig auch durch einen kleinen, aber intensiven Schauer. Angekommen im unserem Hotel war das Staunen groß. Nicht nur hatte es eine 1a Lage direkt am Strand, sondern haben wir auch ein Upgrade bekommen. Vom gebuchten, normalen Standardzimmer, ging es dann doch ins zwei-etagige Superiorzimmer mit Terrase, Küchenecke und Flatscreen. Beschweren wollten wir uns da nicht und rein sprachlich kann ich es auch garnicht :)
      Kurz frischgemacht, liefen wir die Strandpromenade herunter um etwas leckeres zu essen zu finden.
      Ein OrangeChicken später ging es uns bestens. Mit einem Bier genossen wir den anstrengenden Tag auf unserer ersten „eigenen“ Terrasse auf dieser Reise.
      Morgen geht es zum berühmten Salto Limon - dem berühmtesten Wasserfalls der Republik.
      ¡Hasta la proxima!
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    • Day 9

      Wreck Dive

      June 3, 2022 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      In order to get our advanced divind license, today we had to dive to an old shipwreck. It was at abput 30metres unter the waters‘ surface and I think it was the deepest dive of my life as far as I can remember, but also one of the most exciting ones. I had gone early enough to sleep the night before, I was feeling very well and everything worked out perfectly. Oh, and I also had my mask again, so that I could see and breath. After diving the guy from the restaurant next to the diving offered me a frozen moca with oreo cookies and whipped cream on top of it (for free), because he knows that I love iced coffee, since I had ordered one a few days before. But unfortunately i‘m not really into whipped cream nor can I eat oreos, so I gave this coffee shake to mirjam and ordered an iced coffee for me:) Today it was our turn to fill up the tanks and we had a lot sp it took us about 2 hours in total, but we played some vard games and chatted and then walked home together. In the afternoon we went to the beach all together and in the evening Theresa and I cooked vegetable pasta:) we also went out but I came home earlier than the others, after I had fallen asleep on a chair at Etno because I was so tired.Read more

    • Day 14

      17.08 - Las Terrenas No. 2

      August 17, 2022 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Nach einem sehr kühlen und entspannten Schlaf in unserer „Suite“, ging es zu dem wohl berühmtesten Wasserfall des Landes. El Salto Limon. Und das mit vielen Verkehrsmitteln. Zuerst nahmen wir ein Guagua ca 15km in die Stadt El Limon. Dabei bleibt die Tür natürlich, um schneller ein und aussteigen zu können, offen. In der Stadt angekommen, nahmen wir ein Mototaxi für 50 pesos - 1€ zum Eingang des Nationalparks. Und ab hier ging es mit dem Caballero, mit dem Pferd ganz nah an den Wasserfall ran. Dabei ging es steil hoch und runter, durch das ein oder andere Flussbett und durch viel Schlamm!
      Am Ende hat sich das alles jedoch sehr gelohnt.
      Der Wasserfall ist über 50m hoch und stellt das Wahrzeichen der Halbinsel da. Umschlossen von einem grünen, tropischen Gürtel.
      Nach der Rückkehr in die Stadt El Limon, erholten wir und unsere Hintern uns in einem lokalen Bistro. Zu essen gab es ganz klassisch: Pollo con Arros. Also Hühnchen mit Reis. Dazu Bohnen und Salat.
      Auf der Pritsche einen umgebauten PickUps machten wir uns dann wieder auf, in Richtung Hotel. Kurz frischgemacht, liefen wir einmal die ganze Bucht entlang, um an einem nahen Riff Schnorcheln zu gehen. Ein paar Tauchgänge später ließen wir die Sonne bei einem Piña Colada am Strand untergehen. Morgen geht es ins Hostel einer alten Bekannten aus Santo Domingo. Es geht nach El Valle. Mitten ins nichts. Mitten in die Abgeschiedenheit.
      ¡Hasta mañana!
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    • Day 61

      Las Terrenas

      September 11, 2023 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      heute reisen wir weiter nach Las Terrenas zu meinen Grosseltern
      verglichen zum letzten Mal hier in las Terrenas vor paar Wochen.. muss ich sagen, dass das Meer sehr unruhig ist. aber es ist ja Hurrikan Zeit, von dem her nicht überraschendRead more

    • Day 12

      Las Terrenas - Playa Popy

      January 10, 2023 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Moving just a few kilometers to the west sometimes make a huge difference. 'El Valle' was a small secluded place with rain forest and mountains all around. Now we're in 'Las Terrenas'.

      Kilometers of white to golden beaches with palms. You can decide whether you wanna stay in areas with beach bars and music or without, where you have small reefs to snorkel (sadly most of them are dead) or you wanna be able to walk many meters in the shallow water.

      (Last picture - yellow jamaica stingray hiding in sea weed one of many fishes with bioluminescent at night and a chameleon like ability to change colors)
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