Dominican Republic
Santiago

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  • Day86

    Daytrip to Santiago de los Caballeros

    October 12, 2020 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    I joined Antonio for a couple of days on his trip to Puerto Plata and Santiago de los Caballeros. 🚗

    Last one is the second biggest city in the DomRep with more than half million people living there! 😲

    Despite Corona, Santiago is packed with people in the bars and restaurants. 🍻

    We drove around and visited different places, like the Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración and had an amazing view over the city! 😍

    The next morning, we had a little breakfast at a French bakery. Antonio dropped me off at the Caribe Tours bus stop and I took the bus to Sosua and a Guagua to Cabarete and the Castillo 🏰🤗
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  • Day48

    Transplant Coral Logs

    April 29 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Claudiazul and myself are here in a volunteer program with the organization “Aldea de Paz”. We clean reefs (not me…..).For marine conservation they work together wit CEPSE, a local marine conservation program. Since many weeks a major coral log transplant of 600!!! logs are being prepared. Dry runs outside and in the sea. The coral have been planted, nursed, cleaned, monitored until big enough to transplant them into existing reefs. Along with nails, hammers, ropes and more tools, the logs this week slowly have been transferred from Samana to Las Terrenas and further to the destinated reef. Today about 30 people in three boats left for the mission.
    In teams of two, each teams has to attach with hammer and nail 60 coral logs onto the rock. Hoping the corals will grow and survive.
    Tomorrow they go out again. Claudiazul will come back with underwater pictures!
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  • Day89

    Curfew

    June 9 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    When I arrived here in mid-March, there was a curfew. The cases decreased, the curfew was lifted. Since about 14 days the cases are increasing, curfew again. What does a curfew look like here? Dominican!

    From 15.00: no alcohol served in restaurants but stores are allowed to sell. What do the resourceful guests do? They bring the rum to the bar and pour it into the cocktail.

    From 17.00: no swimming in the sea. The police go along the beaches and get the people out of the water :-). Why? Because the Dominicans stand around in the sea on weekends in large groups, close to each other, chatting, laughing, singing- and drinking.

    Between 21.00 and 23.00: Curfew. Because it takes two hours to go home?

    Curfews are climatic and cultural!

    Doesn't matter, life takes place outside here anyway!
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  • Day89

    Regen - das Leben steht still

    June 9 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Es regnet und regnet und regnet. Nicht immer und die ganze eit sondern halt tropisch. Mal heftig, mal leicht und dann wieder nicht.

    Wenn es regnet steht das Leben praktisch still. Heute früh hat die Putzfrau angerufen sie könne nicht kommen - es regne, sie werde nass. Also jetzt gerade regnet es nicht.....?

    Gestern fiel die Bachata Stunde - der Lehrer meinte er werde nass auf dem Motoconcho. Als er schrieb regnet es gerade nicht....

    Es besteht grosse Angst nass zu werden und sich zu erkälten.... und ja: Regenschirme werden hier verkauft...?

    Ich habe vor einer Woche mit StandUp Paddling begonnen - leider nur zwei mal. Ich gehe nicht weil ich auf meine Lunge aufpassen muss - es geht ein Wind.
    Ansonsten ist das doch kein Grund nicht zu gehen?
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  • Day89

    Rain

    June 9 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    It rains and rains and rains. Not always and all the time but just tropical. Sometimes heavy, sometimes light and then again not.

    When it rains, life practically stands still. This morning the cleaning lady called and said she couldn't come - it was raining, she would get wet. But right now it's not raining.....?

    Yesterday the bachata lesson did not take place- the teacher said he was getting wet on the motoconcho. As he wroteit wasn’t raining ….?

    There is great fear of getting wet and catching a cold.... and yes: umbrellas are sold here...?

    I started StandUp Paddling a week ago - unfortunately only two times. I don't go because I have to take care of my lungs - there is a wind.
    Otherwise, surely that's no reason not to go?
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