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Eight beers and one for me


Despite the fact that a lot of people I meet on my way to Sosua are saying that this is a destination that thrives on sex-tourism and they were wondering what on earth, a lone female traveler, has to gain by travelling to this place; I have to tell you that this beach town has earned a very special place in my heart. more...


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Despite the fact that a lot of people I meet on my way to Sosua are saying that this is a destination that thrives on sex-tourism and they were wondering what on earth, a lone female traveler, has to gain by travelling to this place; I have to tell you that this beach town has earned a very special place in my heart.

For me, Sosua is a very creative little town with nice shops, plenty of affordable restaurants, bars and a very inviting beach with lots of trees and bushes, plenty of sun beds and last but not least a very natural, spontaneous and relaxed mix of locals and tourists. This makes this beach destination much more fun than all others on the island.

Without being harassed one single time, other than by some “art” vendors, I walk within 10 minutes from Hotel Piergiorgio Palace via Calle Pedro Clisante to the beach of Playa Sosua by the bay. I see a crowd of Dominicans who are playing domino in groups of four accompanied by a small observing audience. As it is the custom, they make a lot of noise, use expressive hand gestures and burst frequently into loud laughter. After passing by some tables I see an empty chair and ask the eight friends if I may joint them. “No problem!” The seat is being wiped off for me and put firmly into the loose sand.

During the game I hear the guys discuss among themselves who’s turn it is to buy a beer.
“You got money?”
“ Yes, uuh… 100 pesos”
“ Hey, that is enough for a liter bottle of beer”, says the first one. The girl of the beach bar is demonstrating her excellent patience while I see her thinking that the notepad she is carrying is of little use here.
With faces that show signs of massive disappointment, the group orders one single beer.
“Give me eight cups with that, the money is gone….!”
After the waitress is gone I walk up to the beach bar.
Me: “ Only one beer for eight persons?”
Waitress: ”Yes they ran out of money”
Me: “How much do those liter bottles Presidente cost?”
Waitress: “100 pesos a piece”
Me: “Why don’t you give me nine of them. One for me, eight for them”
The girl offers me a big smile, takes nine bottles out of the fridge, opens them and wraps a napkin around each bottle.
Together we bring the beer to the domino table where eight new friends greet us with loud cheers. After I finish the beer I feel it is time to move on. I receive handshakes, pads on my shoulder and hugs! My cheerful friends wave me goodbye. Dominicans are polite and friendly people I think to myself once more.

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