Trip Start Dec 08, 2007
8Trip End Dec 14, 2007
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As soon as I get out of the airport I am struck by the non-aggression of the cabbies while hustling fares. I ask for and reach the rental car offices and here is the first challenge. The lady at the rental car counter speaks very little english and I speak almost no spanish ( my vocabulary is limited to these 2 words .. gracias, buenos dias).
I rent cars often and the transaction takes about 5 minutes; here it took about 45. Anyway alls well that ends well I get into the car and drive away towards Santo Domingo. the roads remind me a lot of my native India. The road rules consist of jungle maxims like 'might is right', 'survival of the fittest', 'every one for himself' etc.. ( you get the picture)
I end my day at Boca Chica, which is a beach within spitting distance of santo domingo. The beach is disappointing but it is the right place to be immersed into DR. I find a hotel, check in and then immediately go out for a walk. I run into Miguel and his very pretty and intelligent girlfriend. Miguel has lived in the US and Puerto Rico and is fluent in English. Infact he works as an english-spanish interpreter. His skills are soon put to test as his girlfriend (who speaks no english) and I have a good conversation about all things indian (movies, food and hindusim).
Boca chica is full of dominican women offering themselves for money , but apparently prostitute is not the word used to describe them ... go figure!
I have a good local meal of fried fish, fried plantain and fried tortilla like stuff. all for about 6US$. The rest of the day is a blur, thanks to Barcelo, Brugal and Presidente.
Here I am introduced to a Mamaguana, an alcoholic beverage that consists of rum (or other liquor) mixed with honey and then infused with spices like cinnamon, vanilla and a few others. It is also considered to have Viagra like qualities. While I cant attest to those affects it is certainly delicious.