Back in June I wrote about my onsite staff training for Rustic Pathways this summer in San Pedro de Macorís about 40 minutes from Santo Domingo on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic. I spent the weekend with Jasmine and Piña down in San Pedro getting to know the bateyes– the communities on sugar […]
Here I am on an afternoon visit inside Faro Colón in Santo Domingo with my first Rustic Pathways group ever! I mentioned the lighthouse dedicated to Columbus (Faro Colón) in Santo Domingo earlier, but it really is worth showing you some photos of the unusual structure. Here Piña poses in front of the super-cool building. […]
While taking students on a tour of Santo Domingo’s colonial zone, we would often take a jaunt over to see “Los Tres Ojos.” I liked to not tell the students what Tres Ojos are, because I liked seeing their surprised reaction upon arriving. I surely was surprised the first time I went to Los Tres […]
The nerd in me enjoyed learning about the history of Santo Domingo. At the beginning and end of each two-week program taking high schoolers around the Dominican Republic with Rustic Pathways, we would be responsible for teaching the students the history of the city. The typical tour would go something like this: We would start […]
Obviously I had limited internet access all summer while working for Rustic Pathways in the Dominican Republic. In order to catch up, my first order of business is to write about the exhilarating experience of shopping in La Sirena. Our country director Harry had his office a few blocks from the Blue Mall in Santo […]
Wikipedia defines bateyes as “[a company town within a plantation where sugar cane workers live that can be found in Cuba and the Dominican Republic]“. A few days ago I visited Batey Margarita in San Pedro de Macorís on the southern coast of the DR, about an hour from Santo Domingo. (I will also be […]
Being a trip leader for Rustic Pathways student international travel group certainly has its perks. Monday night I arrived in Santo Domingo, met my other co-leaders, and our country director Harry took us out to dinner in the colonial zone. We stayed at a cool hostel, and then Tuesday morning we drove 3 hours northwest […]
Sunday afternoon on the malecon in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.