Last weekend we took a trip to Santo Domingo, the capital of the DR. Everyone in the program came, including the staff and two of the Dominican estudiantes de apoyo--about 45 people in total. Santo Domingo is on the Southern coast, about 3 hours from Santiago.
We checked into the hotel at about 6:30 on Friday evening and got ready to head out to dinner. The restaurant was only about a 5 minute walk from the hotel, but as soon as we left it started pouring and we were drenched by the time we got there. I wouldn't have called it fun, but there was something unforgettable about running down the middle of the street, clutching my camera to my chest so it wouldn't get soaked and trying not to slip on the wet cobblestones. The restaurant was inside an old warehouse from the colonial era, and it was beautifully decorated and the food was delicious. In general, the food was one of my favorite parts of the trip, because everything was arranged and paid for by the program, and they took us some really nice places.
|First hospital in the Americas|
|Exploring the Ciudad Colonial|
Next we went to El Museo de la Resistencia, which tells about the rise and fall of the Trujillo dictatorship that lasted from 1930 to 1961. The museum is a little overwhelming--there's big blocks of text on every wall, and it's all in Spanish--even if it were in English I couldn't possibly have read it all in one visit--but it was worth it to learn about some modern history in addition to the colonial era. Trujillo actually renamed Santo Domingo Ciudad Trujillo while he was president. They changed it back as soon as they got rid of him, but if you look you can still find some manhole covers that say Ciudad Trujillo on the streets.
|All dressed up for dinner in a cave! |
Photo Ryan Bowen Photography
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