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Trip- report May 2018

May 2018new-notebooks-and-pencil-rural-schoolNo rain, no hurricanes or floods, only 3 weeks of sunshine, what a great opportunity!

The direct flights from the Netherlands to Puerto Plata have been abolished. Impossible to bring extra stuff from the Netherlands to the DR, as I used to. On paper, the flight from Cologne was the least unfavourable for me. But if you are delayed on both the outbound and return flights of Eurowings in addition to a train journey, you will not be happy with that. All the more so, if all the necessary information is missing.

The hotel Casa Marina in Sosúa has been largely renovated. It looks nice, but the typical Dominican atmosphere has gone. Well, we are now living in 2018 ...

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Trip-report November-December 2016

The flooded North coast


It had already rained for more than four weeks when I arrived, and the North coast of the Dominican Republic (DR) had been declared a disaster area. There were another two weeks of torrential rains during my stay. Houses, roads, bridges and crops were washed away and there were also some victims. This had not happened for 60 years. Mopping up with the tap running was put into practice here. The airport was closed several times because everything was flooded. The water washed into the hotel rooms a few times. I had put my bags and everything off the floor out of precaution, but the next day the water was also dripping a bit out of the ceiling and, of course, onto a soft case…..
However, boots, umbrella and a hairdryer help you through everything (if there is electricity).

Read more: Trip-report November-December 2016

Trip-report November 2015

Not very spectacular, but certainly very useful.

This is how my trip to Sosua in November can best be described. Evenings with regular heavy showers and once with such a prolonged heavy thunderstorm that the hotel literally shook on its foundations. After this, two of my five bags stood in the corner of my hotel room in a puddle. Long live the hair dryer to blow everything dry again. In previous storms I had temporarily put my bags away high and that was then unnecessary. This time I was too optimistic and they were hit.

Read more: Trip-report November 2015