01 October 2007

Three amigos in the DR

October 1, 2007

We spent the last week hanging out with Laura who came to visit us here. We rented an apartment on the hill overlooking town, “gringo hill,” with spectacular views, a pool and porch with rocking chairs. We spent a lot of time hanging out at the house: cooking, swimming, drinking beer in the rocking chairs and napping. It was rough. Once in a while we took a walk or moto ride to the beach to swim in salt water and relax under the trees.

Laura’s friend Olga and her sons came to visit from Jarabacoa and we had a great time snorkeling and taking the boys on fast dinghy rides.

How many people can fit in a dinghy?!

Warning in the harbor, Dinghy Drivers in Training.

The boys playing pool.

On Sunday afternoon we took a quick trip to Santo Domingo to spend some time with Jorge’s brother and sister. Alicia greeted us with a fabulous Dominican dinner: fried fish, rice, beans, salad, and avocadoes. We all sat around talking and joking until we couldn’t keep our eyes open anymore. The next morning Alicia made us another great meal of mangu (mashed plantains with onions) and fried cheese. YUM! Bienvenido came over and we went on a tour of Santo Domingo including a trip to the Colon lighthouse and the national aquarium.

Two smiling chicas on the Caribe Tours bus to Santo Domingo.

Bienvenido, Alicia and Laura.

Laura was having too much fun…she extended her plane ticket for a few days and we returned to the house on the hill for a few more days of views and relaxation.

Now we’re alone again in Luperon (boo-hoo) and we’re steadily working away on a list of projects to complete before we leave to the US in a week and a half. Yippee!

The luxury apartment.

On the gua-gua on the way to Luperon.

Have another beer Laura! This time with a little less head maybe...

on Hans' motoconcho on the way to the beach.

Cold beers at the beach...aaaahhhh