Blogs from Dominican Republic, Central America Caribbean - page 2


This morning we traveled to the build site. For our first day we plastered and painted a house. The high for many of our team members was interacting with the children and accomplishing a project together. We had a traditional Dominican meal of rice, vegetables and chicken for lunch. In the evening we toured the emblematic parks, had burritos for dinner at El Espia and finished our evening with what has become a team tradition - Bon Ice Cream. Tomorrow we will be traveling to the factory to make cement slabs for the homes. We looked forward to another humbling day.... read more
Plaster House
Plaster House
Plaster House

Our team all arrived in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic today! For many team members, this was the first time we were meeting in person. After arriving at the airport, we traveled about 35 minutes to our hotel, Hotel Hodelpa Nicolas de Ovando in the Colonial part of the city. We enjoyed a team lunch and were able to spend a little time exploring the city. We met up again for our team welcome dinner and enjoyed fellowship by the pool. Tomorrow we will participate in a walking tour of the city before departing for a 3 hour drive to our project site, San Juan of la Maguana. We are excited to get started building and are thankful for this opportunity to serve the amazing people of the Dominican Republic!... read more
Team Dinner
Hotel Room

Our day started with a walking tour through the primary city of America - Santo Domingo. Evelyn was a great tour guide and we even had a furry friend join us. After lunch we traveled three hours to the project site in San Juan of la Maguana. After getting settled into the hotel we enjoyed dinner and fellowship followed by program orientation. We ended our evening with reflection and ice cream at Bon. Tomorrow we kick off our week painting together. We are all eager to get started and meet the families and community we'll be serving. God bless! ... read more
Our Furry Friend
Walking Tour
God is my guide

You all know by now that all-inclusive resorts are not what what I like. I prefer to go to wild places, and after one day at the beach I am completely bored! But If I have a comfortable hotel, very close the a nature's park, then this is the best of both worlds! That's exactly what I had during this week! The resort is located just beside a real nature preserve!!! Send me comments if you need more information. Highlights: 1- Night walk to look for tarantulas: we saw 15 in less than 40 minutes, not far from the hotel! 2- Guided tour to a cave, (cueva del puente). We were all alone with a park ranger. Cave is full of bats and I took lots of pictures, I identified 2 species. 3- No big reef ... read more
Bank of sardines
bat -- jamaican fruit bat
fishes under the dock

During the Thanksgiving Break this year, we made a quick 5 day trip to Dominican Republic. We flew to Santa Domingo, capital city of Dominican Republic. Air travel was short and eventless and immigration process for US citizens is simple as getting a visa costing $10/person at the air port. Drive from the airport to Santa Domingo is very beautiful along the palm tree lined shoreline of turquoise Caribbean Sea. We noticed how similar this route is to the drive from Colombo to Galle. DR even smells the same as Sri Lanka. Out of all the countries we have visited so far, we felt DR comes closest to our home country. Santa Domingo, Capital of the DR is the first European settlement in the Western hemisphere and the Old City (“the Colonial Zone”) a UNESCO World ... read more
Los Tres Ojos (1)
Los Tres Ojos blue lake
Inside Los Tres Ojos

Trip to the Dominican Republic Day One- Saturday Feb. 20th We left Rob’s folks house early in the morning to catch the flight out of Knoxville. The flight went surprisingly smooth and so did the trip through immigration and customs in the D.R. We followed a bell hop to our transfer service, Blue travel. They got us right on and soon we were on our way to the Majestic Elegance. When we got to the Majestic we were greeted with cool towels to wipe our faces with and a delicious refreshing drink. We had to wait a bit for our drink so we took the time to eat lunch and book our dive trips. We also lined up dinner at the French restaurant for Sunday night. Then we followed a bell hop to our room. Our ... read more

My little travelblog has just reached the 200,000 hits. So let me first thank all of you who have followed our adventures over the last few years. I know I should upgrade my profile page! Fun to see that our little travelblog adventures are already 9 years old. And little change of program on my side, South Africa will be coming earlier than early as the start of 2017....can't wait for all that diving, golfing, great wine and amazing views from our terrace! So what Am I doing in Punta Cana? Let say I had some miles left, and few points to use on Starwood too, so it was less than expensive. And there is some kind of diving in Punta Cana. I also have to admit that it's always fun to click another country ... read more
Punta Cana beach....
Yes, there was not much to speak about for the diving here...
Beach at the Westin...

It is currently freezing rain outside - but I'm going to bask in the sweet Dominican sun for a few minutes while I take you back to our family vacation in October. To state the nitty gritty details - we book our DR (Dominican Republic) vacations -we've been a few times now, most recently when Greyson was 6months old- through Apple Vacations and they always do an excellent job. We book all-inclusive trips through Apple (airfare, hotel, in-country transportation, all you can drink and eat) and they take care of everything. This year we stayed at Iberostar Dominicana and we had a great experience with booking, transportation, hotel accommodations, and service - as usual. We always enjoy ourselves when we visit Punta Cana and we were anticipating how much more fun it would be this year ... read more

The taxi is a three-wheeler: two, back-to-back, metal bench seats over the rear axle, welded to the front half of a motorbike. On this we, and our baggage, travel to Las Galeras; slowly, noisily and belching black smoke on every hill. We are glad when the hour long trip to the north coast is over. Las Galeras is a small fishing village - the fish seller comes to the door every morning while we have breakfast. Fish or octopus today? It has to be fish! The octopus looks like tripe with a pink skin. And, anyway, we don't know how to cook octopus. Breakfast comes with a fresh coconut full of juice, and lots of fruit and coffee. We are staying in our own little cottage overlooking the beach. In the evening, we cook the fish ... read more
Buying sweet potatoes
Santo Domingo
Playa Playita

The coach that took us from Cap Haitian, in Haiti, across the border to Santiago, in the Dominican Republic, was the newest and shiniest vehicle we had seen in Haiti. It seemed out of place. But it is amazing what a change there can be, just driving across a border. All we did was cross a river ... well, that and be searched, photographed and fingerprinted. It is as if we drove from sub-Saharan Africa, across a river, and into Spain. Even the agriculture is different. In Haiti the farming was small scale, more like allotments and a lot of land was left unused. In the Dominican Republic there are larger farms - we see many fields of rice, bananas and tobacco. Tired after our seven hour coach journey to Santiago, we decided to eat in ... read more
Humpbacked whale
Wild orchids

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