Good morning! It's been a few days so I thought I would catch everyone up! As in the title I have slowly been "blending in" as an official expat here in the DR. I am meeting more and more people, making friends and beginning to "scoot" around like a pro lol! I have made several longer trips on my scooter and feel extremely comfortable in traffic now. Yesterday morning I rode to Fruisa some 4 miles away and believe me when I say it is an "experience" not for the faint hearted or timid rider. You've seen the movies of third world nations or even like in China where there are 10,000 bikes, scooters and cars converging in one intersection lol?? Well thats Fruisa! I needed gas for my scooter so I had to make the trip. One lone Shell station and at that time there were about 25 guys on motor bikes filling up at the same time. Squezzing in like a pup trying to find its mothers milk I made it to the pump where a guy topped me off at 80 pesos, $2. That will last me a couple weeks under normal usage. Quite the experience. Then off
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Looking towards the beach
to get me a Dominican phone. The place I stopped was close to Steve's Corner Bar so I thought I'd get a cold one when done. Luckily for me when I walked into the shop a guy greeted me in somewhat perfect English. Come to find out, like many Dominican's, he had lived in NYC many years. So needless to say the transacton went smoothly and I felt like I got a good deal. A phone, charger, sim card and a months worth of minutes for $40. While I waited for the phone to charge and make sure it worked I sipped on an ice cold beer at Steve's. Again, the bar is very popular with the "local girls" looking for love lol! Of course with Yari coming soon I made no attempt to make friends lol!!! Not that I would anyhow you all know me, I'm not that kinda fellow lol! With my phone in hand made it back to Danny's where my AWESOME friend Viviana again assisted me in contacting Yari to finalize plans for her arrival. She's coming by bus on Saturday and I would be lieing if I didn't say I'm excited to see her again.
It should be a lot of fun and relaxing having her company here. I also met a guy from the USA named Isiah. From Texas a very likable dude and we shared a couple beers and agreed to maybe do some traveling around together. Sitting there at Danny's and talking to friends made me feel like I was really starting to blend in, a nice feeling to say the least. Later on I decide to eat out and try something new. I had met a few days earlier at Danny's the manager of the Bamboo Bar, Enrique(sp?). Didn't speak English much but a nice fellow. So I made my way next door from my complex and saw Enrique, who immediately noticed me, waving me in lol! I ordered a Presidente and looked over the menu. The Bamboo Bar sits tucked away under some palm trees on the beach next to another restaurant and some shops. It has many tables outside directly on the sand and a few indoors under cover. A quaint little bar but well stocked. Enrique sent over a waitress but I could tell he was personally taking care of me as well. I ordered "Pallo al Curry
Rojo Tailandez c/Arroz. Key word for me was curry lol! Simply stated it was red curry chicken with rice. Although I subsituted the rice for french fries. OH BOY! Lol the curry REALLY set it apart! Served in a half shelled pineapple I was extremely satisfied with the meal. Prior to thata they served a plate of chips and salsa. After my meal they brought a plate of fresh fruit served with a sweet glaze. And of course a MamaJuana shot lol! A truely great meal. And as I was sitting there, Carlos, who is a shop owner I met a few days earlier walked by and we shared hello's. Again blending in and feeling like home felt good. I was feeling the several beers I had and the shot and made my way back to the condo. And well let's just say it was an early night to bed. What a great day of living my life here in paradise! Enjoy your weekend everyone!!
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