Thursday, June 20, 2019

Samana! Las Galeras

Las Galeras is at the farthest end of the Samana peninsula and it was a DREAM. We sure loved this gorgeous beach and spent two days here. First, with just the four of us, and then we told my inlaws they HAD to come with us again and they loved it. One of those days was Columbus Day, and my mother in law reminded me it was Samana--specifically the Las Galeras area that Christopher Columbus first landed on. How surreal is that? Can you imagine these views as the first glimpses of the new world?
that's me getting a massage on the beach. Looks janky but it was pretty good haha

When we came back with my inlaws and Victor's cousin, we played for a while, and then took cover from the rain and had a really yummy lunch with super fresh fish. I never got sick of the food in the D.R. it was all so yummy. 
 ^^fresh lime sooooo good^^
 love my inlaws they are the best!
my father in law found this in the water! he is so sweet he let me keep it.

As soon as we get the chance to go back, Las Galeras is going to be one of our first stops. It was heaven! It's in my top 3 for favorite beaches I've ever been to!

Samana! Las Terrenas and El Limon









It was a fantastic feeling waking up to the sounds of waves and birds after spending the first few days of our trip in the crazy, loud and stifling city of Santo Domingo. We stayed in Las Terrenas, which was a few minutes away from Victor's mom's house up by El Limon. We loved the laid back feel of Las Terrenas---and Samana. Unlike Punta Cana area where everywhere is gated resorts, Las Terrenas is just more authentic. 

One morning, Victor, Julio, and I took horses to El Limon waterfall. Wow was it gorgeous!! It was funny because we told Victor's grandma we wanted to go there, so she just called some of her neighbors who brought their horses and we just went!





After we got back, we picked up the boys and let them ride around on the horses a little




The time we were in Samana would be great weather in the mornings, and then typically after lunch it would start raining and rain several hours in the afternoon. During that time, we spent a lot of down time at Victor's mom's house (where his grandma lives). We just hung out, ate really good food, and the boys played with Victor's cousins little boys, who didn't speak a word of english, and our boys don't speak spanish (I know i know we need to work on that) and yet they had fun and played just like your typical little boys! It was some valuable time with family that we rarely see. 





Wednesday, June 19, 2019

It's been a loooooong time.

Hello internet void,
Anyone out there?
I can't believe it's been nine months since I have written here. Nine months! You may wonder, "did she have a baby in that time?" Nope. "Did they move or something?" Again, no. Nothing much has changed in a big way since then. Kids are bigger, we have made some great memories (which I plan to post here).
I guess I just got super lazy since there's a thing called instagram to give updates on our lives. I've always preferred blogging, so I don't want to give it up. And thanks to any friends reading this who still blog as well since I love reading blogs still!

So, prepare yourself for a lot of photo dumps and stuff ha! I'll put some here now, since it's a crazy thought to just put words in a blog post and no pictures.









Sunday, November 11, 2018

Santo Domingo: Zona Colonial and Los Tres Ojos

I love the history of Santo Domingo. Founded in 1492: the oldest city in the new world. Walking around the old colonial streets feels like Pirates of the Caribbean. We went to the Zona Colonial a few times to explore and shop. I would like to say eat, since there a lots of yummy restaurants as well, but we couldn't pass up the chance to eat pretty much every meal at his mom's house, since she and her cousin are such good cooks!
The Zona Colonial feels like a tropical European town. And the rest of Santo Domingo typically looks like this:
 I love this capture from Victor of us walking back from the colmado aka mini mart.

Thanks to pinterest, I heard about a National Park called Los Tres Ojos--it's 3 underground lakes and when I asked my mother in law if it was close to her house, she said it was less than 5 minutes away, but you would never notice it driving by. So crazy that this awesome spot is in the middle of a busy city.

 We had to take a little boat to get to the third lake, and it felt and looked like we were in a pirate movie searching for treasure. So cool.
Santo Domingo has beaches as well, but we didn't bother going, since they don't hold a candle to the beaches we were about to go to up in Samana. It was fun exploring the capital a little more, but I was more than ready to get out of there. The traffic is really bad, mostly because they are really bad drivers. But that's besides the point. Up next: Samana!
 
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