2. It was explained to me that for a man not to "tirar un piropo", or throw a compliment at you as you walk by can sometimes be seen as bad manners. This makes old men here seem far less creepy and much more gentlemanly.
3. I feel like I have not been receiving as many piropos as usual. From this I can draw only 2 conclusions.
A. I look less like a lost tourist than I did before, so not as many men are trying to get my attention to come buy
something from them.
B. I am getting uglier
4. You never realize just how far 1 1/2 miles is until you are caring 15lbs of groceries back to your hostel uphill.
5. Lean to use the concho system, for goodness sake (conchos are like taxis on a bus route). Or find a closer supermercado.
With all that said, here are some pictures from my day trip yesterday to Santo Domingo. It's about a two hour trip by "guagua" (bus) from here in Santiago. We took a tour through the colonial zone and then also visited the ruins of "un ingenio azucarero" or sugarcane plantation near Rio Nigua, just outside of town. The word "ingenio" actually refers to being "ingenious", and sugarcane plantations were so named because of the masterful process of extracting sugar from the sugarcane plants that occurred there. Sidenote: most sugar now comes form sugar beets, not sugarcane, since they can be grown in cold weather and are more easily processed. In fact Michigan is one of the leading producers of sugar beets in the U.S.
P.S. I find it ironic that there is a Taíno indian woman writing his name on his statue, considering half of those people were made into slaves and wiped out by the Spaniards that Columbus lead to the D.R.
The ruins of the monastery