when i was at playa encuentro, attempting to surf, i asked if they knew of any place to do yoga. yes. there is a guy who was just here, wearing a straw hat, named Otis. he teaches yoga. a few minutes later, i found otis. he's a guy with light hair and freckles. very friendly, from the state of michigan. he told me he teaches at the SeaHorse Ranch on Thursdays and Saturdays from 5:15 to 6:15 by the big pool/beach club for $15 US. i treked out there, paid a moto 100 pesos to take me to the front gates. it was a LONG haul to the place where the pools were. freakin beautiful i tell you. but honestly, it's private gated community and i'm not sure if i was supposed to be in there like that. this place was full of beautiful, large homes. OTIS also told me that he would come teach me or as many people as i got together for $15 US. i didn't find people to do this. i assume the rate is not garanteed long term, and honestly i'd give him more than 15 bucks if there was a group of us there. he was very reasonable, prefectly fine with the idea of setting up a time to have a class on the beach for me and my friends, whenever and whereever we wanted. i'm used to a longer class and using a towel on grass was a new one for me. definately worth it. for the adventure and the yoga. yoga is always worth it. plus i met a nice family poolside when i'd arrived early. i still talk with one girl online from time to time. i believe the number below is his personal cell phone.
when i arrived, my friends had already been in town a few days. they'd already made friends. i had ten minutes to get ready. we were being picked up and going to a dominican's house for dinner. sure enough, we went.
he had trained in switzerland as a chef. three of us joined he, three of his friends, and his two daughters for dinner. it was a feast of fish (something bright green i can't remember the name of - but very good), potatos (they're yellow and richer tasting than in the states), carrots and califlour, rice, and a deep-pink-milky looking sauce that i didn't recognize for the fish and rice.
afterwards, our host opened up a bottle of brugal (the rum that comes in a brown bottle with gold netting around it). we drank it on ice and then tried it cubre libre (with coke). then we all walked down to the beach behind his house and talked awhile. it was a lovely evening...except we later found the motive was an attempt to scam on one of our friends.
The people in The Dominican Replublic are very poor. This is also a third world country. But when there is a party the children are dressed very well. This picture is taken while we were invited for a wedding.
The trap in this matter is the picture....this is Jarabacoa....the waterfall who was so nice on the other picture!!! Our friends payed the $ 50 each and had to leave the hotel at 5 am to pick up other tourist...it has been raining all day...no horseback-riding, no pottery, no swimming...just a loss of $ 100 !!!!
There is a beautifull place where you can go for $ 50 and see all nice things on a horse back, pottery, nature and more....the most important thing is the waterfall. You can swimm upthere and you will feel like Jane from Tarzan. Its the best spot on earth....its called Jarabacoa.
We went there in October / November and it was almost Christmastime. But the people can not buy them a nice christmastree and this is the way they solve this problem.
Of course there is a bird on this page...the second one. This bird you see a lot in The Dominican Republic.
When you go to The GriGri laguna there is a possability that you will meet this fisherman again. He had the fish of his live and was proud to show us.