Samana Day 1-3

The title of this blog post is called Samana Day 1-3 because although we were in the DR for two days at this point, we officially arrived and started our day / true vacation from this moment forward.

Day 1

We woke up in our beautiful all white minimalist villa to a natural green landscape covered with wildlife. Sun poked it way through the clouds as we got dressed for the day and sipped on our morning coffee and / or tea.

Beginning our Caribbean holiday the only way we knew how, we made our way down to the private beach with down our secret / private entrance.

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At the beach, we thought “Why not plan our next holiday to Italy?”  because that is what one does when tasked with sitting in the sun all day.

Later we decided that we needed to get moving and splashed around in the ocean as well as built a rather impressive sandcastle.

Full of sun, we then made our way into Las Galeras (the specific area in which we stayed in Samana) to explore the town in the daylight as well as to grab a bite to eat. We didn’t know where to go exactly but stopped in a small cafe that served sandwiches (if they want to call them that). It was quite underwhelming (some toasted bread with a thick cut cheese and ham barely melted between the two slices topped with ketchup). It was edible and cured the hunger pain but would I recommend? No.

After that, we strolled about for a bit and picked up some pastries to eat for breakfast in the morning and grabbed some food from the local market (which color me shocked – didn’t have pre packaged meats). That would be a task for the next day but let me say, it was something to cook a meal from scratch.

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We spent the remainder of the day, lounging about and finally went up the hill from our villa to a tasty restaurant serving Italian food.

Day 2

It was time to head to the beach again, this time, for a bit of working out and swimming.

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Getting a bit restless, we moved to the bar at the beach where we sipped on some “Coctel de casa” and ordered a fresh fish meal. The beach we spent most of our time at was called Javo Beach – very well maintained and lovely.

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The kitchen on the beach however, I wasn’t a fan. We ordered our meal and stood by waiting but it took like half an hour to eat. It was frustrating as people came after us and were served way faster. Maybe it was because of the language barrier or the fact that we wanted the meal to go but they forgot about us. No one wants to be forgotten on vacation – it ruins the magic of it all!

A bit after digesting, we left the beach and went on a stroll to watch the sunset at a nearby beach.

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Later we (or I) made some grilled chicken (our chicken was freshly killed, umm…..), sweet plantains and some home fry styled potatoes. It wasn’t half bad considering I was out of my element with this freshly killed chicken. haha

We ate dinner and then played some cards (rummy) in the villa, drinking our own homemade cuba libres. Was a fun relaxed night and great way to spend Valentine’s Day.

Day 3

We ventured to Play Rincon from Las Galeras. Such a hard walk considering I was wearing trainers and a dress when we had to cross a beach during high tide to get there. I enjoyed it but we also got lost for about an hour before we even got started. Wandering up hills and faux paths, we trampled through the “forest” in circled before a local popped up out of nowhere and pointed us in the right direction.

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I almost died along the way and lost my shoe to some quicksand like mud. I hiked quite a bit in the blazing sun and had only a small bottle of water to hold me over. I think what made the journey seem more agonizing was the fact that we passed by multiple private beaches along the way.

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The beach was beautiful though – very quiet and the waves were crashing all around us. The one thing I did forget to do – remove my jewelry. The waves were so strong that when one smacked me in the head, it took my earring with it.

After spending a few hours here and enjoying an alcoholic drink from a coconut (aka Coco Loco) – we took a boat back as opposed to walking from three hours in the sweltering heat.

Later, I forced us to go out to dinner at a local joint we had a burger at upon arrival in Las Galeras the first night.

Stay tuned for more!

 

 

OOTD Samana

Hey all!

It’s been a week since my return from the lovely Dominican Republic. My first official trip to the Caribbean where I was tanned beyond my imagination (I don’t need to tan but as a human, skin can tan in the sun lol). I lounged by the sea reading books and Snapchatted (aliciacbarnes if you wanna follow) every little bit of it. I also had sometime to shut my brain off in regards to life and the many plans and decisions I’m currently working on (because life is always plans and decisions). It was amazing. A vacation that will stand out in my mind for a long time, for many reasons.

Now my next post will delve into the details of said trip but for now, I want to share with you a few outfits/looks I pulled together while in Samana.

All details are below – let me know what you think!

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First OOTD

  • Shirt – H&M Short Sleeve Shirt
  • Shorts – Forever 21
  • Sandals – Made in Athens (Greece)
  • Sunglasses – Illesteva
  • Bag – Michael Kors

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Second OOTD

  • Shirt – H&M Printed Crop Top
  • Shorts – Pull & Bear Dark Denim Wash
  • Sunglasses – Etnia Barcelona

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Swim OOTD

  • Top – Black Target Bikini Top
  • Bottoms – Blue Tribal Print Target Bikini Bottom
  • Sunglasses – Illesteva

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Third OOTD

  • Shirt – H&M Printed Crop Top
  • Bottoms – Blue Tribal Print Target Bikini Bottom
  • Sunglasses – Illesteva
  • Bag – Michael Kors

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Fourth OOTD

  • Dress – Denim Blue Off the Shoulder Dress (Random Shop in Mallorca)
  • Top – Pink Tribal Print Target Bikini Top
  • Sunglasses – Etnia Barcelona
  • Shoes – Black Nike

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Fifth OOTD

  • Shirt – River Island Black Crop Top
  • Shorts – H&M Tribal Print Shorts
  • Sunglasses – Etnia Barcelona
  • Shoes – Rental Rubber Boots for the excursion

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Sixth OOTD

  • Shirt – H&M White Short Sleeve Shirt
  • Shorts – Pull & Bear Light Denim Wash
  • Sunglasses – Etnia Barcelona
  • Shoes – Black Nike

Dominican Republic Vacation #tired

Forgive me. I planned on writing about my trip to the Dominican Republic while in the Dominican Republic. I was just there to lounge with my boyfriend so figured we’d have a lot of downtime, some of which would lend itself to writing. I was wrong.

Surprisingly enough, downtime just sort of disappears on vacation. You’re doing one thing like building castles on the beach and the next thing you know, you’re making dinner and playing rummy and sipping on Cuba Libres. The night’s done and then it all flows into the next day once more.

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The trip – 8 days in the Dominican Republic. Time spent relaxing and sunning in the Caribbean as neither of us have ever been . It was an amazing time!

I plan to elaborate more but I literally just got back today after running around and trekking back on a long trip involving buses, taxis, airplanes, and more. I need a nap.

Posts will soon come but just to tide you over, below are some quick pictures from our second day in the DR. The first night was spent in Santo Domingo but we were so worn out, I forgot to take pictures (I did Snapchat so you can follow me there for in the moment updates, @aliciacbarnes).

 

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