San Pedro de Macorìs

Trip Start Oct 15, 2007
Trip End Oct 24, 2007

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

So... today we move from our hotel in Santo Domingo to a hotel in San Pedro de Macorýs...! In the morning we eat unhurried breakfast and pack our bags. In the hotel we have a electrical power outage (not the first one in this week).. and so.... they had some troubles... but I think it's not an unusual thing there and so everybody is relaxed,...! :)

We walk through the colonial zone. We visit the first church in whole America and an amber-museum which leads a swiss man! We go back to the hotel and pack our last things into the bags. We check-out of the hotel and Juan comes with the car. We drive to the beach. We already know a hotel in San Pedro de Macorýs - there we have a reservation. But Juan tells, that we have also an other reservation. So we drive to the Oasis Hamin Hotel. It's very touristic I think... and HUGE! But we didn't have a reservation anymore. We don't know why.. but they can't find one of our name in the system! But it's better... I don't want to be in such a tourist place! So we drive on to the next hotel. The Hotel Coral Costa Caribe. This looks very nice. Also hygienic, the employees are friendly,... but they don't have a free room anymore! It's weekend-time. :( ... But they say that we can come tomorrow!

So we drive to the Hotel Playa Esmeralda in San Pedro de Macorýs. It's very small in the contrast to the others two. But it looks ok and nice. After check-in Juan says goodbye and we go into our single-rooms. Take the bikini and go down to the beach. The weather is amazing and a great atmosphere... But either.. after the first minutes in the water we notice, that it's not the "kind of hotel" that we looked for. The beach is VERY SMALL!!! Really... like 30 meters or so!!! We decide to call Juan and tell him our problem with this hotel. He promise to come in the evening to look and take us to an other hotel! -- our saviour -- After a drink we go back to the rooms and I want to take a shower...! Not a very good idea. The bathroom is full of mildew and there's just veeery cold water. After a couple of minutes... wumm... there is no water anymore! -.- ... So i go in my towel to the room of my employee Moni, knock on the door and go there under the shower and wash the shampoo out of my hair. We go down for dinner. We're very hungry, 'cause we haven't eat any lunch. So.. we hope that there's a good and big buffet... Forget it! Everything looks very unappetizing and unhygienic! So... after some pieces of melon there comes suddenly a local woman from our company. (Never seen before). She tells us some weird things... don't know... about an other hotel,... however...we say that she can go back... 'cause Juan will come...

Ya... jiha... and he comes with his wife. We tell him what we think about the hotel, the situation and that we're definitely not happy here. So we get in the car and drive back to the Coral Hotel. We make a reservation there for the next day. Happy and satisfied we drive back and make a stop by a little supermarket on the street. We buy some things to drink and eat and Juan & I eat also a hamburger from a little "street stand"... I have to say that I don't like hamburgers from McDonalds, Burger King or so... no no... but damn... this one is just amazing!!! Really!  :D So... at this place we meet a german man. He moved to the Dominican Republic 10 years ago & he tells us some things about the country,... the change in this time etc. Ya.. we drive back to the hotel and Juan promises that he will come on the next morning to bring us to the other hotel.

In the Playa Esmeralda Hotel we go down to the beach drink something and talk talk talk talk talk...

Ya.. happy that we can change the hotel tomorrow ... we all drift off in our beds!
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