Wednesday of Final Week
Trip Start Jun 05, 2008
11Trip End Jul 08, 2008
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I decided to share with you about our hotel in today blog. Our hotel is a very nice little hotel. It is located right on Main Street, so it is central to everything. Our room is on the second floor, and overlooks the front pool and the dining room from our balcony. It does get noisy when they have a large group. But it is always closed by 10:00. It seems to be a very popular restaurant. I think it's because it can seat large groups. To me there are many restaurants that are better in the area.
The second pool where I have my classroom is located in the garden area behind our room. It is very private compared to the front pool
The banos aren't bad in Samara. They seem to keep them clean in the different restaurants. The crazy thing is you can't throw toilet paper into the toilets; you have to put it in the wastebasket. That is a little hard to get use too. I've included a sign you see posted in all the banos.
I think our hotel is quaint. I like the way it is painted, it is very colorful. Most of the time, the pool is our own private pool. We did bring our rafts and we find that a good way to relax.
We finally went to Lizies and had the deep fried dill pickles
I walked on the beach yesterday and it had a horrible smell. Today I found out they have a red tide. It doesn't smell like Florida's red tides. It does sting your throat the same way tho. In Florida they advise people not to swim or go into the water when they have red tide. They don't do anything here. People and surfers continue to us the ocean. It smells worse at low tide than high tide. They cancel snorkeling trips tho.
Christy is a new woman who is here this week for conversation Spanish. She has a different teacher. She works for the state department. She is a retired lawyer and this is her first assignment. She is stationed in Guatemala. She is originally from Texas. She completed her training 8 months ago so she has been in the Foreign Service for a year and a half. She is really enjoying it. As her first assignment she is reviewing visa request in Guatemala. She said that is what new recruits usual do. She said the salary is really low but she is enjoying the 8-5 work. They pay for her apartment; she has a maid two days a week and a cook one day a week. She also has a driver. They pay all her utility bill except cable, they supplement her medical insurance
I'm also including a picture of Marcella and me at Laconda. She is our favorite waitress. She is very friendly and attractive.
All the restaurants in Samara are open air. There are no doors or windows. The furniture is left out even if they are closed. There doesn't seem to be vandalism. They do lock up the kitchens tho. They usually have ceiling fans and we love the feel. At times the flies can be annoying tho. We usually try to use bug spray to keep them away.
I think the time will really fly now that we have decided to leave early. We have less time to squeeze in the last minute things in.
I will try to take pictures of the Liberia Airport before we leave there. It has a huge ceiling fan in customs but I don't know if they will allow me back in there. It is all open air also. I think and hope they have more security than the Dominican Republic..