Missing out in the Dominican Republic?

I live for unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

While no one in their right mind would frown on the opportunity to feast on fancy cuisine and lay out in the sun, if there is one thing I dislike about cruises in general it’s this: you don’t get a lot of opportunities to do much while in port. There were excursions, like horseback riding, water sports, or bus tours offered at every port but there was never an option, or the time, to take a local bus into town and just wander around areas that aren’t designed with tourists ( or their pockets) in mind.

I was initially disappointed when my family elected to go on a bus tour in La Romana, Dominican Republic.It turned out to be a ten- minute ride to a large outdoor shopping square that was crowded with vendors and ship passengers. It wasn’t until later, when I was going through my photos and everyone was showing off their purchases that I realized the shopping adventure did offer a unique cultural experience after all. The sights , dialects , people, and even the things for sale could only be experienced in this particular place.

Because I was so focused on finding something more “interesting”, I feel like I overlooked something really special that day. Maybe I’ll get the chance to see it again by sharing these pictures with all of you.

Streets surrounding the shopping plaza

Streets surrounding the shopping plaza

The park seemed to pay homage to baseball--there were baseball sculptures all over the place

The park paid homage to the national sport of baseball–there were baseball sculptures all over the place

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Performers welcoming us

Performers welcoming us

Dominican crafts

Dominican crafts

Seashells anyone?

Seashells anyone?

My dear sister is making sure I see the homemade painting

My dear sister is making sure I see the homemade painting

These men were carving and painting these beautiful

These men were carving and painting these beautiful wooden birds

Danced all dolled up in traditional dress

Dancers all dolled up in traditional dress

La Romana, Dominican Republic

La Romana, Dominican Republic

 

Question for fellow travelers: How do you turn a bad travel experience into a good one? 

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2 thoughts on “Missing out in the Dominican Republic?

  1. I do maintain an open mind to new experiences. If the trip isn’t going well, I seek out unique experiences and I never allow anyone to rain on my parade.

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