Scenes from Santo Domingo
I enjoyed the Dominican Republic. I really did. Four years later (man, time flies!), and our trip there is still fresh and vivid in my memory. The Spanish was slower and more relatable, the food was beyond delicious, and the locals were warm and welcoming.
Although it was our first time in the country, I felt very much at home there. I’m an island girl at heart, and the slower pace of life and Caribbean vibes sit well with my soul. Also, we all felt a certain camaraderie and comfort with the locals. From Ayoti (more than likely misspelled), a local who took us under his wing in Santo Domingo and even took us to the city’s hottest discotecas, to Julia, my seatmate on our bus from Santo Domingo to Sosua, with whom I chatted in Spanish about the silly dating games that men play, we forged instant bonds with several Dominicans throughout our trip.
Santo Domingo was the jumping off point for the rich experiences we had throughout our travels through the Dominican Republic. The city is somewhat gritty as it’s the oldest European settlement in the Americas that’s been continuously inhabited. And while the beach towns of Sosua and Cabarete were more my scene, looking back through some pictures of our time in the country’s capital, I feel compelled to share some with you here.