We are about 10 000 meters above the West part of the Atlantic Ocean and we are heads home at top speed. However, we are still wondering what home actually is? 🏡
Is it the place where a person has been born and raised, the place, where they have spent most of their lives, the place, filled with friends and family…
Or is it the place that makes you happy for no reason, the place that can’t let you go and you have no doubt you’d stay there…
Yes, maybe home can’t always be defined by artificial pseudo-patriotic clichés, societal stereotypes or lease payments.
Home is something flexible, home is you and your beloved in all the places you forget easily all the dimensions and definitions of the terms “home” and “happiness” and just let yourselves feel them.
Those are the thoughts that pass through your head when you feel yourself flying away from the paradise, which charmed and enchanted you just hours ago. Paradise in our case has a name – the Dominican Republic. The next several posts are about our experiences there…
Most people love the Caribbean, especially the Dominican Republic because of the incredible waters – turquoise, bright blue, green, even golden, because of the tropical atmosphere, because of the merengue and bachata, because of the sweet cocktails with rum and other local alcoholic products. All the enumerated things are conductive to laziness and relaxation. We are not inclined to laziness but that doesn’t mean we are not going to enjoy it thoroughly. Aimlessly or not, now we are here, on the Northern coast of Hispaniola island in the Dominican Republic.
The all-inclusive offers are not for everyone.
It is hard to wander outside the hotel complex without something bad happening to you. At least that is what the tour operators are trying to install in your brain. We’ve been about 24 hours in Sosua (a town, maybe a village) and we went out twice. Once we went to take a night stroll and nobody ate us. Sports bar and hot discos attract the public while we are jet-lagged and stick to drinking a cocktail or two while the view towards the crashing waves lulls us to sleep…
Let’s go back to getting acquainted with the local situation.
We wanted to see what we could see beyond the walls of the hotel because the area is too interesting to stay inside. The Dominican Republic is big and we don’t have much time. We went around, asked and compared offers and prices. The competition is a lot. Everywhere you are told “Don’t leave the hotel.”
However, it is just a regular town outside. There is a supermarket to buy rum to take home. There are bus stations (we are not going to use only taxis at high prices!). We’ve chosen several tours from local agencies, who offered good prices. We decided on visiting several beaches. We talk to everybody and we learn new things about the area, the locals show us the ropes. It could be a chambermaid, a street vendor, a stranger on the beach, everyone is happy to share their experience. It’s very hard to laze about with so many sources of information, when will we have the time?
Today the ocean is calmer and the snorkels are everywhere.
We take a series of jumpies. This is the party vibe that permeates everywhere – nice music, people are lying around: on the edge of the Jacuzzi, near the reefs, under an exotic tree of unknown species. Colorful birds sing to us. 20 meters away from us bachata is playing and there the President (the local beer) awaits us. We shouldn’t overdo the cocktails because we risk a diarrhea.
At least that’s what we are told are the dangers of too much lactose. The important things is that you don’t need to get to the medical center because the bartenders know a trick – la Bomba. It is a bombastic name for the solution to the stomach problems and it can be whipped up in no time – soda, lemongrass and a secret ingredient. You drink it in one gulp and you are good as new. How little a person needs to continue their vacation in full force!
Let’s go nap for a while because tomorrow would be a day full of adventures outside the walls of the hotel complex!
This article was brought to you in English by Marta Petrova.
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