Dominican Republic. Day 13: Samana

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I fell in loooove love love with this hidden beach. The trip was long, not that I could tell you anyway, I fell asleep for most of the ride. When I did wake up, my eyes were so red from the night before. I was groggy, but I knew once my toes felt that I water, I would wake right up.dominican_republic_political_map1We were right at the point of the island, surrrounded by water, it was absolutely beautiful.DSC09218DSC09229DSC09233DSC09261G0040325_1390698325367_lowCheck out the fish that made it to my stomache. Delicious!3 4I caught this awesome shot of Claudia, her glasses reflected the ocean so perfectly.6
G0030316_1390698803095_low (1)DSC09262G0100424_1390698571245_low (1) DSC09300GOPR0416_1390698497109_lowThis day was so peaceful, it was exactly what I needed.

My days are expiring and I’ll be back in NY soon, waaaaaaaah! I don’t want to go.7

Dominican Republic. Day12: Wao Hector!

I’m soooo excited! I need to move!
It’s part 2 of Hector’s Birthday Celebration. We walked into a night club by the name of Wao.

A bottle of Jack Daniel’s was ordered, and to mix it up, some 7up.

The music was amazing, everything I was hoping it would be. It was bachata, merengue, tipico, salsa all night. I was in loooove.  I haven’t been dancing in so long, it’s so sad. Bachata to me, is my all time favorite. I bust out my moves and hope someone, anyone can keep up with me. I’m usually leading and it’s always a surprise when I actually have to follow.
I had the chance of meeting more of  Yenny’s coworkers and they are all so fun, and funny. There was like 6 women and 3 men, so when it came to dancing we ended up having to wait a few  turns. I was just grateful that the men danced. Whenever I want to dance I have to beg someone to get up…. so not my favorite thing to do.
My camera was being passed around the whole night, something I never mind. I always find the funniest randomest pictures of my night.

Since of course, we were celebrating Hector’s birthday, Yenny and I snuck in a request to the DJ to give Hector a shout out…. Once he did, we were the loudest bunch cheering him on.
My cousin Yenny is a trip ♥
After all our dancing, and not the best straight walking we headed to what drunken people do best…. eat.
There was this bright yellow chimi truck that we all stopped by. Typing this now, I actually want one now! That chimichurri was delicious. Can you tell how bad Yenny wants hers?

Look at her face!
It was a great night, I want to do it all over again. Hopefully it won’t be forever and a day until I get to dance again.

Happy Birthday Hector!

Dominican Republic. Day 9: Una Visita a mi Abuelo

1 25f6186a740e6f1c2d3745375fc51d63dMy abuelo (grandfather) was the sweetest man. I never had the chance of saying goodbye when he passed. My mother came to the island to pay her respects, but I remember myself being torn. I knew he was very sick, but reality didn’t hit me, especially since I was only twelve years young.3My mother’s aunt, who is also my abuela’s sister is burried here.

As well, as my abuela’s mother, father, brother and nephew.

See here in the Dominican Republic, the tombstones are like mini houses and depending what size you pay for, the more people live an after life in that house.4I had a lot of questions, this was my first time in an actual cemetery.

I even had the chance to bond with my grandmother while we small talked while we all cleaned up. I asked her about her boyfriend, and she looked at me with surprise.

My grandfather was her first and only boyfriend, her first and only love. I asked how they met, and she tells me he crushed first, he kept insisting they would be together and she would say no. She would lie and say she had a boyfriend, my grandfather being witty as he was, said well, when I see him, we’ll settle it then.

My grandmother laughed, because she knew that was never going to happen, since that boyfriend didn’t exist.

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Love stories are always interesting to me, but knowing houw your family started and has become so much more, all because of a romance is amazing to me. Our family is so  big, my grandparents had 4 children, who have had 12 children, who have had 8 children and our family continues to grow.

It’s a beautiful thing.

He would be so proud.

Dominican Republic. Day 5: Señora de Altagracia

1 2 3Today was a mini road trip. 3 hours each way. My cousin Edward drove with a beer in hand, while we made our way to Higuey and La Romana.

We were gonna go see one of the most famous churches in Dominican Republic.

 Basílica Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia.
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I know I came here when I was 10, but of course I don’t remember much about it’s history.

I know it’s a Roman Catholic church and mu cousin Yenny tells me people from all over the world come to make promises and ask for blessings. Many come crawling on their knees all the way from the main gate to enter the church, others come dressed in all white.

My abuela (grandmother) says, people come ready to came out and sleep on the floor to get a shot at first in line.B(Los Montes = The mountains) C(sugar cane workers)

On the 21st of January

”Este es el primer santuario de América y en él se aglutina el 21 de enero de todos los años millares de dominicanos para rendirle culto a la Virgen de la Altagracia.”

This is the first sanctuary  of America and on the 21st of January many gather and unite , especially thousands of Dominican to surrender worship to the Virgin of Altagracia.

4I loved all the candles. Especially when I caught them flickering.
5.2My cousin Yenny and I, right in front of the infamous church.

Aren’t touristy shots cheesy?

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5 6My cousin Franklin getting down and dirty, making sure his picture taking is perfect!7Let me tell you, these cheeses ( the round white balls in the bag) are absolutely delicious!

I remember when my abuela used to come to visit in NY and I always made sure I was the first one to have these Quesos de Hoja en Blanco ( cheeses of white sheets) they have like this bitter taste that is super addicting. Of course while driving we had to stop and buy a few for the road. We got some crackers to match and some Presidente beers8After visiting the church we decided to stop at a local beach by the name of  Bayahibe. It was mostly empty on the side we decided to settle down in. There were mostly tourists, I’m sure there was a hotel around somewhere.

9What I found interesting was that there was  a cemetery right behind us. Do you see the tombstones behind me? 10 11 G0020111_1389836790131_low (1) 12Look how beautiful this sunset is, I could’nt resist on taking this shot.13Today was fun, I was exhausted once I got back in the car, I ended up falling asleep. Until next time guys 🙂

Movie Targetted and Munch

16040bae76a752b0996dfdfc8bab12f29 2I spent my lazy Sunday waking up early to meet up with Misha.

She received the greatest news and opportunity as the wonderful photographer that she is, to capture images of amazing villagers and do some life changing work.  She’ll be working with a non- profit organization called The Batey Rehab Project which aids in impoverished Batey communities.

Aaaaaand guess what?! It’s in the Dominican Republic! Since she leaves on Friday, it’s time to start packing.
We headed to Target, Marshall’s, Costco and Burlington’s to get some much needed supplies. Everything from travel sized toiletries, sunblock and shorts. And knowing everything is on sale since we’re in winter now, made everything so much sweeter. Everyone knows I love a good sale. 3 After all that walking around, I was exhausted! When we finally got to her mother’s place (not even her place) we were convinced that we were going to sit for a few minutes and then head over to her apartment to start packing, and so I can pick up an extra set of keys (so I can walk her babies, ehrrr I mean dogs)
Ha! To that plan.
I said Ha!
We ended up getting so cozy on the couch even her red nose pit Munchkin jumped in for some cuddling while we watched Christmas movies. (Yes, I know, already!) 4I’m so proud of my Mish and I hope everything goes oh so smooth, and she kills it over there.

I can’t wait to see what new adventures she has.

I’m gonna miss you so much, see you in December!

♥ you,

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