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from the states:
Like many of you, I've seen various sites
offering to link you up with a local girl who (in my case) is
American friendly. Having gone through a very nasty divorce
I was not sure what I am looking for but do know what I don't
I saw Diegos site and thought I'd give it a
shot and I traveled to Sosua on December 17th and returned on
December 23rd. The following are my unsolicited comments of
my trip and items of possible interest to assist on your visit.
Arrived at the POP airport. After waiting for my bag and paying
my $10.00 tourist card fee, I wandered out the terminal and Dieter
was there to meet me as promised. We grabbed the taxi to the
Hotel he uses for his Clients. The hotel is German owned and is a
very nice facility. All I wanted was hot water to shower and
air conditioning if I so needed it. The rooms have them as
well as a personal room safe. There is a nice pool and a
great little restaurant as well. The hotel is also "GF"
(girlfriend) friendly and is centrally located.
After dropping my bags off in the room, Dieter and I chatted and
then he departed to finish the initial introduction meeting
preparations. I unpacked and showered and then caught a ride
on a motor concho ( a motor bike taxi) with a driver Dieter uses
exclusively. Made it to his home and began the first of 3
meetings. All the girls I meet had great personalities and
were great to talk with.
I hit it off with one in particular and we met later for dinner
and had a nice time, though my Spanish is very, very basic.
She departed home and I took a walk around to get a lay of the
land. Felt very safe and secure...no issues.
Day 2: The girl from dinner came
by and we hit the beach and went through some of the shops.
Beach chair lounge rental is 35P (less than $1.00) and the beach
is very nice and relaxing...closes up though following sundown.
Had dinner again and seemed to get along well.
Day 3: meet girl #4. A very nice time
and went to Cabarete, about 15 minutes away from Sosua. Had
a very nice lunch at a German restaurant and then hung out at the
beach there. More commercialized but a great beach. In
the evening, the beach area is torch lit and you may dine out
there or whatever you like. Many clubs with music as well.
She had to return to Santo Domingo and I was taken by girl #2 from
Tuesday and Wednesday to her home near Sosua. Very poor area
and note that I have spent considerable time in countries with
negative economies, war-torn strife, etc. as Haiti, Bosnia,
Guatemala, Philippines, El Salvador, Mexico, etc. and though the
Dominican's may be poor they are proud and very great hosts.
Just hard to understand dirt floors, minimal clothing and food
resources yet there are color TV's and cd players.
Day 4: We rented a Car for a few Days and
went to Santo Domingo with Dieter and met with girl #4 again.
Dieter went shopping and I went to her home and meet her
family and spent a few hours...again great hosts!! She
accompanied me to the embassy to see some friends and then I
grabbed a bus back to Sosua. Cost about $6.00; very
comfortable seating, video's played, and very strong air
Time to Sousa about 4 1/2 hours.
Day 5: Just sort of chilled by myself at the
beach and did some shopping for my children. I had met
some other locals and was invited to attend a Dominican wedding at
a resort in Cabarete. Of 300-350 guests, I was the only
non-Dominican but again was treated most famously. Enjoyed
the experience. Returned to Sosua and hit the High Caribbean
disco. Great music and very friendly girls, some are very
aggressive. Just let your conscious be your guide.
Day 6: Road trip with Dieter to visit his
hometown in La Vega and meet his children.
A great time...again very great hosts. We all traveled to
Santiago and had lunch and I then was able to meet girl #5.
What a sweetie!! We just hit it off and I'm returning late
next month to spend a week and see about preparations to have her
come to the states as well as meet the family members. Hated
to depart for Sosua.
Day 7: Slept in and finished shopping.
Girl #2 came by to see me off at the airport and I bade farewell
to Dieter. Taxi was about $10 and due to few folks departing
out, I checked bags and had boarding passes in 10-15 minutes.
Hung out and chatted over a couple of "Presidente" beers.
Note: beers outside the terminal are about $1.25 but once
inside the jump to $3.00 so just enjoy the great weather outdoors
and great people before departing.
All the girls I meet were very nice and
Dieter's insight on each was always on the mark. The basic
difference seems to be the majority of the Sosua girls have
minimal employment experience while those in Santiago and Santo
Domingo have a better education base and most have some form of
Dieter is a great guy and has a unique sense
of humor for a German!! Note: my relatives are
full-bloodied Germans from the fatherland and Russia so I somewhat
joke with Dieter. However, he has lived in Canada and the
Dom Rep for so long that he is more Caribbean than European.
I view him as an excellent father, which is all I needed to see,
to have full confidence in him and his service.
Additionally, his wife was Dominican who
passed away due to an unexpected illness. Dieter remains
there and fully understands the Dominican culture as well as
anyone can that is not originally a Dominican. You can trust
what Dieter relays to you and he will watch out for you as well as
provide credible advice. His service was well worth the
dollar outlays. Additionally, his personal care versus being
one of a large group is very much appreciated and valued.
Items to possibly remember:
1. Cash or traveler's checks work the
same with either the hotel or Dieter. He gives you the best
rate in exchange so feel free to use him. Also ATM's are
2. Bring some photo's from home of yourself, children (if
you have any), where you live, etc. It's a nice ice breaker
with the girls.
3. A dictionary in Spanish is also of some great use, as the
girl's English is basically none.
4. You can barter at the beachfront stores and peddlers but
regular stores and restaurants the prices are published and
fixed...don't try and strike a bargain and embarrass the girl.
5. Tipping is truly appreciated. I left a small tip
with the hotel front desk crew ($10 each x 2), the night security
guard ($7.50), and the room maid ($10.00) for 6 nights. At
the restaurants a couple of dollars based on the total bill was
6. Riding the motor concho's is safe but always ask the
price before traveling out...especially at night, say to the High
Caribbean disco. There's a traditional taxi stand across
from Harrison's jewelry, or the hotel will call one for you.
7. Bring your camera. 1 hr photo
developing available in stores near the beach.
The girls appreciate having some photos.
8. If someone travels up to meet you,
they may bring a friend or family member to serve as a chaperone.
Be prepared to offer to pay for a separate room during her/their
stay. Remember they do not know you yet and this is very
routine until you are accepted. Again don't be cheap but
then again don't be taken in.
Again, Dieter will be very willing to guide you.
9. If you're looking just to get laid,
this is not the service for you. Though, opportunities in
Sosua and Cabarete are many. Dieter's clients are seeking
something long-term...not to say that you will not connect
physically as well...my advice is just to let things happen
naturally and you will have a great experience.
Lee from Virginia
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