Friday, May 27, 2005

La Romana - Day Two

The next morning we got up, showered, slathered on sunscreen, put on our new bathing suits, and headed to the pool. The wonderful, glorious pool. With a bar that you swim up to on one side and walk up to on the other. I secured a location that promised to be quiet, on the island by the walk up side of the bar. NY and T eventually made it down.

We found our way to the towel room, where we traded in our little cards for some fluffy towels. There are all kinds of activities on the beach, be we didn't sign up for any. They have ping pong, volleyball, aerobics and all kinds of things to do. We decided to just hang at the pool

We lounged. We drank. We swam. We lounged some more. We drank some more. We wandered over to the other side of the pool to one of the restaurants that served pizza (kinda) hot dogs (kinda) and hamburgers (kinda). They also had a selection of pastas, salads, meats and cheeses. I think their cheese is goat cheese. I don't know for sure. But it is really strong. After filling our bellies, we wandered back to our seats to resume lounging, drinking and swimming.

After a while we walked down the wooden walkway to the beach. I forgot how wonderful warm sand between your toes felt. We walked to the beach and stared at the water. It was so blue. I had never seen anything like it before, except for in pictures. There were parasailers, sail boats, speed boats, and fishing boats tooling around in the calm water. So peaceful.

We stood for a bit, debating whether to stay at the beach or return to the pool. Since the pool was much closer to the beverages, we went back. Then we realized that the pool has volleyball and scuba diving lessons. It was kinda fun to watch people try out the scuba gear and make these funny noises when they couldn't breathe through the mouth piece right.

Then a girl named Rosie came over and asked us if we wanted to go to a casino. Apparently one of the other Hilton resorts has a casino and the run a free bus trip to it. The trip was the following night. Well sure! Why not! (Oh we had no idea.) But R and NY thought Rosie was cute, so I guess that was reason enough.

Anyway, we decided that if there were bus trips to casinos, there may be other fun things we would want to do. We wandered up front to the hotel lobby and found ALL KINDS of things to do. We took brochures for the speed boats, horseback riding, a big monster truck tour, and the "crazy wheels" tour. "Crazy" wheels are 4 wheelers. I guess to the Dominicans they seem a little radical. Or maybe just to the French. Remind me to tell you about the French.

Satisfied with our options, we wandered back to the pool after promising to book and pay for our trips the next day. We lounged and drank and swam some more. We decided to head back to the room and shower and change. We had to decide where to go for dinner and there was a show in the ampitheater we wanted to see.

I was still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I was on vacation. A real vacation.


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