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    • Day 4

      El Loro

      May 29, 2022 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Even though we went to bed late, I woke up early and went for a walk along the beach. I almost reached Playa Ballena, when a friend texted me if we wanted to have Breakfast together. So I met her at a restaurant where we started by ordering a coffee. Although we had only ordered „un cafécito con leche de almendra“, they brought us a fruitsalat with papaya, mango, ananas and melon, so we didnt even need to order a breakfast anymore. In the afternoon we went to the beach in front of a place called Loro, where it was so windy that after a couple of minutes laying there we were completely covered by sand. We gave up the idea of sunbathing the whole afternoon and drank a very refreshing campari spritz instead. In the evening I went to the rooftop alone, ate a salad made of the leftovers we still had in the fridge and really enjoyed the time I had by my own.Read more

    • Day 7

      Playa El Anclón

      June 1, 2022 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Today there was no dive, however we had a meeting instead, where I met Jonathan, the biologist we‘re working for, for the first time. During the meeting we discussed everything that needs to be done and even though meeting sounds boring when you could go diving instead, I absolutely loved it. I could ask as many question as I wanted, I could come up woth ideas and I felt as if I could actually make a change. This made me so happy to realize thaz this peoject is partly also in my hands and thaz I am responsible for it such as everybody else, because we‘re working as a team. I wouldnt go as far as to say that I took over the lead (Rio, as the one who has been there the longest still is mainly in charge) but I did talk and discuss a lot, actually way more than anyboby else and Jonathan seemed to like it. I even proposed the diving plan for the next day. Right after the meeting we went working on pur 3d coral models at the diving center. But before I could go I had to prepare lunch fpr Theresa, I had promised I would do it. Apart from Pasta , maybe a sunny side up egg and a wrap, Theresa doesnt know how to cook at all. But since I could only prepare the piadinas and not actually cook them because I had to leave, I wrote her a paper with very accurate instructions on how she had to do everything. While working on the computer the cute boy was there again and entertained me, his sister even made braids all over my head. After we went to a mangrove beach and after dinner we met Jonas, Robin and Tim for drinks at the beach.Read more

    • Day 18

      Lazy Day

      June 12, 2022 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      After a dive in the morning and a crazy evening on Saturday with a lot of dancing and driving a car for 5 people with 11 people in it, today was officially named “lazy sunday”. This day started off with brunch on the rooftop at 12:30 pm, where everzbody brought something, which could be shared. I prepared porridge after a Jamie Oliver recipe and it turned out delicious, it will definitely become my new to-go. Other than that we had lots of fruit, Eggs, Yogurt and fresh juices. We hung around at the beach the whole afternoon, went into the water and slept. In late afternoon the waves got bigger and some surfers started showing off their skills. It was reallz fun watching them do a handstand on their board and falling in the water. Now, totally tired, after a walk around the “pueblo” with René, i’ll go to sleep.Read more

    • Day 19

      Mosquito Beach Bar

      June 13, 2022 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Paradise found, that‘s what I thought when we walked into Mosquito Beach Bar at El Porillo. Also, this is what I call a perfect afternoon. I had to fill up some tanks earlier after the diving but didn‘t get bored because Sola was entertaining me perfectly all the time. It‘s surprising, the amount of cuddles this dog needs:) And with her cute puppy eyes I just couldnt say no..:) After the last tank and the cuddle session, I walked to Punta Poppy and from there all the way along the Beach to the Mosquito beach bar, we had seen so many times while driving by but had never checked out. We stayed there the whole afternoon and tried the delicious frozen daiquiris they offered us. To get back i got on a GuaGua, another typical method of transport in the Dom Rep, whoch was full of dominicans coming home from work or the groceries. They were all laughing, talking and some of them even singing. I love this culture. In the Evening we made Avocado toast and later on I had a „date“ with Micka, a guy I met at the beach, who wanted to introduce me to the owners of the „best ice cream shop“ in Las Terrenas and buy me an ice cream. We shared our ice creams so we got to know different flavours as for example Guanábana. In the end he admitted that he already knew all of them;)Read more

    • Day 23

      Playa Frontón, Las Galeras pt.1

      June 17, 2022 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

      Our weekend trip to las Galeras started on Friday after diving. We rented a car, and drove off. René offered to drive since he’s quite experienced and the road can be in a pretty bad conditions sometimes. Everything went seemed good, too good. After a couple of kilometres we realized we had to tank the car first, so we drove to the next gas station we found where they told us they couldnt give us fuel, because our car needed gas. We were a bit shocked, however we drove to a real „gas“ station and let our car be filled. We were a bit sceptical, we could all already see our car blowing us all up because of a gas leak. Nevertheless we were quite relieved when we started the engine and nothing happened. We drove for 1.2 hours over Samaná to get to Las Galeras and to check into out pretty roundhouse airbnb with outdoor kitchen and fresh pineapples in pur garden. It was only 6pm and not dark yet so we walked to the beach Playita, which was only 200 metres further down a small road. We bought a piña Colada and walked along the beach and the Rocks up to Punta Playita. Afterwards we walked for about 30mins to get to Las Galeras and went to a Restaurant. I really wanted seafood therefore I shared a Paella Marinera with Hektor, which isnt really dominican but still better than the Pizza‘s the other „tourists“, our friends, ordered. I didnt say anything but HOW CAN SOMEBODY ORDER PIZZA, in a country where there‘s such good food and variety. HOW? Whatever, we were quite tired and went to sleep in order to get up early the following day to visit playa Frontón.
      At 6am in the morning we were woken up by birds who had made nests in our roof and insects which were so loud, it felt like a concert. Not a nice symphony played by an orchestra though, way more like hardrock sounds. None of us could go on sleeping so we stood up and wanted to cook pancakes. Unfortunately the gastank was empty, so my friends only had cookies and I had an energybar, which I had brought for emergency situations like this one, and an apple. Then we left with the car. The description plus de navigation app told us it would take about 20 mins. Well, the road was basically destroyed, there were very deep holes all over it and we had to drive extremely slowly. We peobably woul‘ve been faster by feet. We even had to get out twice, to check te depth of a hole which was filled with water. Eventually we got to the point where we couldnt go further. We parked the car and decided to walk from there. It took us a 1 and a half hour hike through caves, along the ocean and through the deep jungle to get to the playa Frontón. On the way we saw people cutring coconuts from trees and like typical dominicans they pffered each one of us a coconut, which we could first drink and then eat afterwards. It was a crazy experience to walk through the rainforest, I had never seen something alike. When we got to the beach we were stunned by its beauty. We got hungry a few hours later, luckily we saw some people cooking food in some pans on the ground on open campfires and ordered 2 dishes. They even let me help them. I only got to cut cucumbers though. The food was very tasty: we had fish, chicken, plátanos fritos, arroz con abichuela and salad with cucumber (the one I cut), tomato and Avocado. After lunch we slept for a few hours and then started heading back. Again ot took us two hours so in the evening we were really tired. Therefore we didnt go out but cooked peperonata with salad and pasta (for the others) at home instead and played some card games.
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    • Day 32

      Los Haitises

      June 26, 2022 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

      On Sunday we went to the nationalpark „Los Haitises“. It is located on the other side of the Samaná bay and can‘t be visited alone, only with a guided tour. Rowena and Hektor organised everything for us so we just had to be ready and 7:30 in the morning outside of our appartment. We got picked up by a private bus which drove us to Sanches, where we took a boat across the whole Samaná bay. First we stayed on the boat and drove into some caves, where we could also jump into the water and awim out, I was the first one to jump in, the others followed. We swam until we got to the shore of a small island woth nothing but palmtrees on it. The tourguide gave us some information on the place and made us eat termites. At first I thought it was super disgusting but I convinced myself that I can‘t judge until I havent tried. So the guide broke off some termite „earth“ from the tree and a couple of termites came out, he took one and put it into my hands. It tasted like nuts, quite crunchy, it won‘t make it to my top 5 favourite dishes though, but at least I can tick it off my life-bucket-list. (I have to write a new point first haha) afterwards we got off the boat a couple of times to go to caves where first nation people had made drawrings. I have to admit, as artists they wouldnt have gained a lot of money, it looked more like the painting of a 3 year old on a wall with pencils. We drove on to a mangrove jungle where we waitet in silence for a couple of minutes. It was fascinating. We had a lunch break where they let us try rum, so we drank some santo libres (Rum with sprite) at around 1pm. Eventually we drove back and they brought us back to las Terrenas. We spent the afternoon at Cosón beach, playing card games and esting Ananas locals had given us. There were so many sandflies though that we had to leave at some point. Sandflies are like mosquitos but they hurt more and they come in groups of thousands. They can cause severe sllergic reactions to some people. Unfortunately Teresa is one of them, but this is a different story.Read more

    • Day 34

      Último Dia

      June 28, 2022 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      In the morning we ate breakfast at the Cafecito del Mar. our fridge was empty anyways because we were leaving and we‘ve always wanted to eat breakfast at a restaurant. Afterwards we went diving and did a nice cave dive first. After we dived to our nursery one last time and replaced the missing ropes. Daria and I worked together in a team and attached all the empty waterbottles we used as bouys. It was a really good dive and we achieved a lot, I was happy about it because it was my last dive. On the way back on the motorboat I enjoyed every second of the ride. In the afternoon I still had my Pasola, and Theresa was feeling way better than the day before after her allercig reaction to the sandflies, so I went to pica pollo to grab some food and later on we drove to Bonita with Henrike to eat and drink a last Sangría at the beach. At 3:30 pm I had to go fill up the tanks. I said bye to Daria and started. Then to my surprise, René, Matteo, Henrike, Antoine and even Micka arrived to keep me company and we played cards and drank rum sours. Later on I went to the beach with Micka and afterwards home to pack my things and get ready for one last dinner at Manty‘s place. She cooked the coconut fish for me and I took 3 portions of it. Imat 10 we went to Etno where Micka joined us. The mood wasn‘t really great, nobody actually wanted to dance even though Micka kept animating them because he knew I really wanted everybody to dance and have fun that night. Eventually he drove them home, but I stayed and went to Babylon to dance one last Time with Frenk, my Bachata guy. After the goodbyes in babylon, Micka picked me up and we drove one last time to the hills above Cosón beach and looked at the Stars. Without light pollution it looks beautiful we could even see the milky way. At about 2am he drove me home where Theresa was still packing. We finished at about 3 and went to sleep.Read more

    • Day 4

      Unser 1.Tagesausflug

      November 21 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Heute früh sind wir in Samana'- in der Dominikanischen Republik
      Wir mussten Tendern,weil der Hafen zu klein ist.
      Also wurden Boote zu Wasser gelassen um die Urlauber zu ihren Ausflugs Zielen zu bringen.
      Wir mit dabei wir wollten auf die "Barcady" Insel um genau zu sein
      Caya Levandado wie sie richtig heißt. Mit 1 Stunde Verspätung
      Aber dann war es so weit, ein Traum💕🤽‍♀️ sehr selbst
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    • Day 166

      Wechselnde Winde und Dinghy-Unglück

      April 20, 2022 in Dominican Republic ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

      Nach dem Frühstück legen wir in Samana in Richtung Luperon ab. Wir werden auf dem Weg dorthin noch einige Übernachtungsstopps an schönen Stränden einlegen. Heute passt der Wind leider nicht so recht. In der riesigen Bucht von Samana ist kein ausreichender Wind zum Segeln. Wir müssen Motoren. Wir steuern die Strände in der Bucht bei Las Galeras an. Hier ist der Wind gut, aber der swell ist enorm und es regnet. Wir beschließen zu Puerto del Valle, in Richtung Westen zu fahren, in der Hoffnung, dass dort der swell nicht so groß ist. Das stellt sich als richtiges Abenteuer heraus. Schlecht Wetter kreuzt unseren Weg. Es regnet stark und es stürmt heftig. Wir rauschen über 3 Meter hohe Wellenberge. Wir freuen uns schon auf den Windschatten hinter den hohen Felsen an der nächsten Ecke. Doch hinter den Bergen wird es noch schlimmer. Fallwinde rauschen mit heftigen Böen mit bis zu 40 kts auf uns ein. Wir müssen die Segel maximal reffen. Leider prellt sich dabei Regina sehr stark den Mittelfinger. Zum Glück ist er nicht gebrochen. In der Bucht angekommen, freuen wir uns sehr über das recht ruhige Wasser und den moderaten Wind. Die Bucht ist wie aus dem Bilderbuch. Steile Felswände die mit saftig grünen Palmen bewachsen sind. Diese grenzen an einen feinen mit Palmen bewachsenen Sandstrand. Dahinter dichter Dschungel. Jens setzt sich ins Kanu und paddelt mal zum Strand, um einige Fotos zu machen. Er wird direkt von einheimischen angesprochen. Die beiden Männer gaben sich als Offizielle aus und wollen wissen, was wir in der Bucht machen, woher wir kommen, wohin wir wollen und so weiter. Da wir am nächsten Morgen weiter wollen lassen sie dann von ihrem Bürokratiekram ab. Das wir uns hier nicht richtig frei bewegen können nervt hier in der DR leider etwas.

      Am nächsten Morgen beschließen wir dann doch noch bis zum Nachmittag zu bleiben, da es hier so schön ist. Wir setzten mit dem Beiboot zum Strand über. Kurz vor dem Strand baut sich eine beachtlich steile Brandungswelle auf und schmeißt uns samt Beiboot um. Alles ging Blitz schnell. Zum Glück ist es nur hüfttief und Regina hat die kleine Marie fest im Arm. Jens und Regina drehen das Beiboot um. Jens sammelt die herumtreibenden Sachen wieder ein. Regina geht Marie an den Strand. Lediglich Maries Sonnenhut und unser Beiboot-Anker sind nicht zu finden. Der Beiboot Motor funktioniert zum Glück noch. Der Schreck ist bei Regina und Jens groß. Nur Marie krabbelt wieder unbeeindruckt am Strand umher. Wir verbringen etwas Zeit an dem malerisch exotischen Strand. Aus einer Felswand kommen drei Süßwasserbäche und fließen ins Meer. Hier planscht Marie etwas, bevor wir den Rückweg antreten. Der Rückweg zum Beiboot gelingt dann auch ohne zu kentern. Später schwimmt Jens dann nochmal mit Flossen und Taucherbrille zur Unglücksstelle und kehrt schließlich mit Marie’s Sonnenhut zurück. Der Anker bleibt leider verschollen und der Schreck sitzt uns noch einige Stunden lang in den Knochen.
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    • Day 171

      Las Terrenas

      April 25, 2022 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Las Terrenas ist ein Urlaubsort an der Nordküste der Dominikanischen Republik. Hier soll man auch gut Kitesurfen können. Las Terrenas ist von einem Riff umgeben, was die Einfahrt in die Lagune nicht einfach macht. Jens steuert und Regina schaut mit Marie vom Deck aus auf mögliche Gefahrenzonen. Wir fahren ganz langsam. Aberwitzige nachdem das Tiefenlot nur noch 70 cm anzeigt, setzen wir kurz auf. Den Felsen haben wir nicht sehen können, da sich die Sonne im Wasser so spiegelt. Danach wurde es dann auch wieder tiefer und wir finden einen guten Ankerplatz. Jens taucht sofort, im sich den Schaden am Boot anzuschauen. Zum Glück sind nur leichte Kratzer an einer Metallpatte am Ruder. Das beruhigt uns. Da es schon später Nachmittag ist, genießen wir den Sonnenuntergang auf dem Boot und fahren erst am darauffolgenden Tag an Land. Nachdem wir in einem nahegelegenen Waschsalon unsere Wäsche gewaschen haben, fahren wir mit den Kitesachen zum Strand. Jens baut den 12er Kite direkt auf und geht aufs Wasser. Regina uns Marie haben ein schönes Schattenplätzchen eingerichtet. Als Jens wieder kommt, geht Regina mit dem 9er Kiteschirm aufs Wasser. als der Wind weniger wird, chillen wir drei noch etwas im Schatten am schönen Sandstrand, bevor wir die Rückfahrt zur Enjoy angehen. Am nächsten Tag flanieren wir die Uferpromenade entlang. Der Ort ist wirklich nett. Die Hotels sind Max. 2 Stockwerke hoch und fügen sich dadurch gut in die Natur ein. Am Meer gibt es Bars, die zum verweilen einladen, da man einen tollen Blick über die Bucht hat. Am Nachmittag Ankern wir in die nächste Bucht um.Read more

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Samaná Province, Samana Province, Samaná, Distrito de Samana, AZS

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