A Travellerspoint blog

First week or so in the DR

Baseball and beach and a new room.

sunny 31 °C

We are currently sitting in deck chairs listening to the waves and surf.
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While our first room was lovely (see previous post), it turned out the the patrons of the swim up bar, overlooked by our balcony, were very noisy - lots of impromptu drunken singing fests - and it was very close to the theatre, which meant that we had noise from the pool all afternoon and noise from the theatre all evening. So yesterday, we switched to an identical room a bit closer to the beach, but more importantly, far enough away from the noise to allow us to relax.

Every morning, I walk for two hours on the beach, which stretches to infinity, or at least farther than I’m willing to walk around in either direction. Walking one way, I pass these odd items in the water. No idea what they are.
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In the other direction, a good 45 minutes farther down the beach than I’ve walked, there’s this building, which I guess is a hotel, but it’s not on google maps as such.
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And along the way, there are these interesting art sculptures.
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Now, why haven’t I ventured closer for a look? If you’ve read previous posts, you’d know I’m always up for a walk and enjoy those longer jaunts; however, despite the art installation, this stretch of beach is really isolated and far beyond sight of the hotels and crowds. While that makes it enjoyable on the one hand, it felt a bit dangerous for me walking alone, so I’ve promised the hubby to stay within sight of a resort.

On Halloween, we ventured away from the resort to cheer on the Toros del Este at El Corral de Los Toros (aka Estadio Francisco Micheli) in La Romana. The stadium was a 90 minute taxi/excursion each way ($298USD round trip) and $35 for 3 tickets (we invited the guide to join us) + beer and hamburgers. So all in all, an expensive outing. I’m wearing my new Toros visor :). Sadly, our cheering did not spur the Dominican League Toros to victory (4-0 for the Estrella’s, and our Toros with only one hit and 2 errors).
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The weather has been sunny and warm (high 31, low 24 - Celsius, of course) every day, except one morning of rain a couple of days ago. No complaints from me. I love the heat!

The food has also been very good. Here are the menus from three of the a la cartel restaurants. The third requires a reservation and there’s no limit as to the number of reservations we can have. The first two are first come, first serve. Since we prefer to eat relatively early (6:30pm opening), we have had to wait showing up when the doors open.
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The Majestic Elegance resort is certainly passing our expectations. Melvin, our butler, keeps in touch via what’s app and has been ensuring we always have what we need - whether it’s dinner reservations, a new room, toilet fixed, or a bottle or rum (for Steve) and club Sosa (for me), or a ride & guide to the baseball game. All good.
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Might try renting a kayak one day this week, if I can fit it in around spa appointments:)
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Posted by Deb Godley 19:06 Archived in Dominican Republic Comments (0)

Our room at the Majestic Elegance resort

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Posted by Deb Godley 23:48 Archived in Dominican Republic Comments (0)

On the beach in the DR

Lovely weather. Nice sand. Very relaxing.

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Posted by Deb Godley 18:56 Archived in Dominican Republic Comments (0)

One year later...


View Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Coyotes and Diamondbacks on Deb Godley's travel map.

A year ago today, I bought a watch Fitbit (Charge 3) and started tracking my weight, calories and exercise. I had just recovered from my leg injury (see previous blog entries re Budapest) and was ready to increase my strength and lose the extra weight I packed on (again) and begin using really using the treadmill I'd bought in January.

So, in the last year, here are my treadmill (>560 hours) and my Fitbit stats (>5.5 Million steps):
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The treadmill stats don't include my outside walking and biking, and, the Fitbit steps don't include biking, but I feel pretty good about the amount of exercise I've completed in the year.

And, as a result, I've reached my goal weight of between 120-125lbs:
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Here are a few pics from my outside exercise treks, both from biking and walking:
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You can just make out my friend on her bike in the path ahead...
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This library is a current COVID victim.
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The bear crossing sign gave me pause, but I'm pretty sure all the scat I saw was from the horses whose farms back onto the pathway - apparently, despite the signs requiring scooping, it's too onerous to scoop from horseback :)
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And some pics of our new backyard patio, which has been fantastic for sitting in the shade in the hot summer with a cool drink :) First time ever, we've had somewhere to entertain friends outside.
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Sorry, I haven't figured out how to rotate that last pic :) - Note the brick instead of an umbrella base - there are no bases to be found in Ottawa, although we've just finagled one from our friend's place. :)

It's interesting to see the flow of the shortages - first it was toilet paper, thermometers and PPE; then fitness equipment and bicycle parts; then canned pineapple and picante red pepper (pic below) - both of which I still can't seem to buy; and now umbrella stands and freezers (my friends seem to have purchased the last upright freezer in the capital region.
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And below an update (from the last blog entry) of the front garden, which now sports a flower basket and our Mickey lawn ornament, which we've had for about 25 years, but didn't put out for fear of theft - but really, how much were we enjoying it in the basement?
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Posted by Deb Godley 09:35 Archived in Canada Comments (0)

Pandemic life

Like everyone else, we have not been travelling and have had to cancel bookings, including a trip to Europe this summer. Luckily for me, I work from home and have been able to continue to work throughout the pandemic. I wanted to post a couple of pics.

First, here's a picture of me. For the first time ever, I asked my hubby to cut my hair. I couldn't stand having it in my eyes or long on my neck and there are no hairdressers open in this time of physical distancing. I asked him to trim it and try not to leave me looking too weird afterward - basically the same instruction I give my hairdresser. :)
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The next picture is my front yard. Since a few businesses were allowed to reopen this week, we hired a landscaping firm to pretty up our garden, which included making is significantly smaller, adding a membrane barrier, topsoil, mulch. I plan to buy a planter of flowers to plunk down in the space (and probably replace them every year or more frequently if I kill them off) :). Anyway, I'm very happy with the outcome.
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Anyway, a couple of pictures of my life at home. Hope everyone is safe and healthy.
Deb

Posted by Deb Godley 16:55 Archived in Canada Comments (0)

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