Chilling in Punta Cana

Meanwhile, I understand why Punta Cana is so popular among tourists. Granted; it lacks the typical culture of the Dominican Republic, but the beaches are so beautiful that you never get tired of them.
The next day I spent mostly by the pool of the hostel, or walking on the miles-long beaches. Of course I took an occasional break and I planted myself down in the soft sand of Corales Beach or Bavaro Beach or ... Whatever beach, really!

So much water in Punta Cana! Why not do some watersports?

So much water in Punta Cana! Why not do some watersports?

In the meantime I also got to know Norbert, a Hungarian guy who moved to London and works there as a paramedic.
He was also clearly in love with travelling, because he had already visited many places.

Unfortunately, the introduction was of short duration because his trip was just about to finish.

Luckily I got on very well with Manuel, the Venezuelan boy who slept in my room and Ricardo and Maria; a couple who had lived and worked in a lot of different countries.

That’s the nice thing about youth hostels. You are much more spontaneous and more sociable. Because of that it is so much easier to make friends and hear their amazing stories.

Manuel came here because he wanted to earn more money. in the Dominican Republic the minimum wage is 300 to 400 USD. In Venezuela the average monthly income is only $ 24 …
I felt quite bad when he told me his unfair struggle in life. Especially since Venezuela is not a poor country! Later on I found out they have huge oil reserves, diamonds and other natural richness!

Manuel told me that Venezuela is socialist -in my opinion more communist- and that the system really doesn’t work…
Of course, you go search for fortune in other countries.

In the meantime he had three jobs. In all of those jobs, he didn’t have one free day in three years! His story really left me feeling quite sad. The world can be so unfair…
I am very lucky that I grew up in Europe and I can do what I want. Some other people don’t have it that easy…

Manuel and a help from the hostel, Marry, took me to have a drink in the evening. We drank Presidente beers. The best-known beer brand in the Dominican Republic. My head was spinning, not just from the alcohol, but mainly by the non-stop Spanish babbling I tried to understand.

Marry spoke little English, Manuel even less. However, since I already was in the Dominican Republic for a while, I managed to understand quite a lot already.

With Maria and Ricardo I had less difficulties communicating. Maria spoke good English and Ricardo came from Puerto Rico, where English is the second national language.

With a heavy heart I said goodbye to this nice hostel in this tropical paradise. I met nice people along the way and look back on the Dominican Republic as a fun place with great people!

Tomorrow morning I leave with the Bavaro Express bus to Santo Domingo. From there I fly to Aruba.

The beautiful, relaxing beach of Punta Cana.

The beautiful, relaxing beach of Punta Cana.

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