Exploring the Dominican Republic

Today, we toured around the island a little bit…to check out the local culture and lifestyle.

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Lots of Russian immigrants and economy based on their influence here in the Dominican Republic.

Did you know that a “Car Wash” in the Dominican Republic is more than a car wash…it is kind of like the shady “massage parlors” in the US.  Nope, not interested, now you know why there are so many on the island!

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Numerous cocoa (chocolate) and tobacco farms on the island.  And yes, cigar rolling is a cottage trade and industry for many around the island.

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Checked out some of the older churches built back in the 1500s.

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A lot of Spanish colonial history here – still a lot of tension with the Haitians…even though they have been independent from Haiti for several hundred years.

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The military control and guard the beaches here.

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Sometimes the waves and currents can be a little too rough for even surfing.

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Amazing view here along the coastline!

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That is why the wild donkeys like to hang out and live here greeting foreigners…

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