I chance upon a hotel about 2-3 block from the centre of the town and I meet some very friendly Haitian people who work at the hotel (part of the reason why I am reevaluating my opinions about Haiti). The conversation and beer flow freely, but I call it an early night.
The next day I get to Santo Domningo, the city is such a contrast from anything else I have seen in DR. It is true metropolis. I drive thru the city to get to the zona colonial and spent all my time in the city in the 'zone'. The old quarter of Santo Domingo is as similar as is it is different from San Jan, Puerto Rico. The spanish architechure is identical in both places, the topography of the town is similar. SD is perhaps larger than San Juan, but not as bright. San Juan has a very made up feel, while Santo Domingo feels like a real town. A great place to relax and wind down. The day is spent in checking off tourist must Sees. The highlight is Christopher Columbus' home.