Dominica, the land of the jungle!

Trip Start Jan 12, 2011
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Trip End Apr 24, 2011


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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

     It is now the first day back on the ship after the two days we spent in Dominica and we are rockin and rollin.  The ocean is pretty dang rough right now and I have seen many people barfin their brains out, including me.  My friend gave me a pressure point wrist band and I am using it right now so I am doing a little better.  However, I do NOT know how I am going to do intense school work with these circumstances. 
        Anyways, DOMINICA was AMAZING! Absolutely beautiful! We arrived in Dominica at 8am on Saturday and a big group of us headed on a hike to Middleham Falls.  After doing some bargaining, our group of 20 got a small bus to take us to the hiking spot.  We were so lucky to get the coolest tour guide ever, his name was Leon.  Leon told us everything we would ever want to know about the island and he even did some rapping and singing for us.  On the way up to our hike we stopped on the side of the road to get an ice cold brewski, known as a Kubuli, their local beer.  The hike was pretty intense and took about 45 minutes each way.  We seriously were in the jungle.  While I was climbing and chatting to some new friends I could not believe where I was.  About 35 minutes into our hike I could hear an intense splashing sound and I knew exactly what it was, the waterfall!  We slowly approached the falls and as soon as we were in jumping distance I was the first one to dive in.  The water was pretty chilly at first and really woke us right up, but we got used to it pretty quickly.  We swam over to a small cave area and jumped off the cliff.  Luckily I had a waterproof camera so I got some great shots of everyone splashin in the falls.  We stopped by the hot springs and sulfur pools (or as they say smelly holes) and checked those out for a bit before returning to the capitol, Roseau, pronounces Rozu. 
        When we arrived back in Roseau we found a local bar and drank some famous rum punch.  Apparently all the bars on the island make up fun names for their rum punch because each have a special recipe.  The rum punch at JRs, the bar we stopped at,  was known as “Slap my ass and take me to bed”.  It was extremely strong and very difficult to drink so I can see where that name comes from haha.  At night we all went out to a couple bars that the locals opened especially for us.  Leon had recommended Krazy Koconts so we tried it out and it was pretty crazy! It was completely packed with Semester at Sea students as well as some life long learners ha.  Everyone had a great time dancing and a few people even jumped in the ocean and swam out to the ship, unfortunately they got sea urchins stuck in their feet, not a smart decision. 
        The whole Island felt so safe and it was so easy to get around.  Everyone speaks English because English is their first language so communicating with the locals was simple.  The MV Explorer was docked within walking distance of most shops, restaurants, and bars so that made it even easier to feel safe.  Monday morning was a bit difficult to get up and out of bed, but once we all passed that point we headed to the black sand beach.  It was not the best beach weather, but we still went swimming in the ocean and caught a few rays.  I found a few pieces of sea glass and may try to make some necklaces out of them.  We ate some local cuisine, right off the grill at the beach.  I had some BBQ chicken and beans, I kind of felt like a barbarian as a scarfed down the chicken leg.  Later we walked around the markets in the capitol and I got some post cards and a Dominican flag.  I am hoping to get a flag from every country we visit and make some sort of quilt out of them.  Dominican people are so laid back and easy to talk to.  They are intrigued in our culture just as much as we are excited to talk to them about their life.  Heading back to the ship was pretty depressing, but it wont be long until we are in Brazil. The coolest thing about this trip is that our backdrop changes everyday.  You can be sitting in the exact same spot on the 7th deck and the sensory changes as we travel, it is amazing.  We arrive in Brazil next Sunday so we got a few days of work before we get to play again, so I better get started.  Adios Amigos!
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Laura on

Wow mer this sounds so amazing! im sitting in the library right now an i seriously almost have tears imagining you doing these amazing things... obviously i miss you way to much but im so glad your doing this blog so i can keep up with ur life!! great posts so far.. already excited to hear about brazil.. try to keep out of trouble hehe

Jessica thomas on

I. Am. So. Jealous. Sounds like your was adventure is amaaaaazing so far! Say hello to cabin 4007, I would kill to be back on the good ol' explorer!! Keep blogging, it's great!!

Annmarie Duff on

Merry - I am enjoying reading about your travel's. I'll have to get Caitlyn reading your blog. She will really enjoy it. Keep having a great time. We are enjoying (did I say enjoying) a snow storm as I type this Ugh!!! Have fun.
Love,
Annmarie

elaine on

What an exciting report!!! I am enjoying it right along with you. You describe your adventures with such intricate details...WHAT MAGNIFICENT MEMORIES YOU ARE BUILDING. The Dominican people sound so warm and friendly.. I anticipate your blogs with loving enthusiasm .. It makes me feel so happy to read your beautiful descriptions. Keep "em coming.!!!!

Wendy on

Hey Merry,
Too fun. You sound happy and healthy. The Rum may make Halle change where she studies abroad. Haha. Keep blogging I am enjoying your travels.
Love ya. Me

halle rubin on

merry so jealous of all this.
i am currently sitting in my bed in my room reading for comm class..
where is my boat?!
love and miss u

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