My Dominican Republic. diary is too comprehensive to fit in my weblog. I will describe the highlights of my trip here and someday I will present it completely in my yet to be published book.
My trip to Dominican Rep. was quiet accidental. I wanted to take her somewhere special on Valentine’s Day. But, since everywhere is usually cold during February, we had no choice but to go to a tropical place. She had a long time obsession with the Dominican Republic and I wanted to make her happy. After a few talks, I made up my mind. My Valentine gift to her was a trip to an exotic place beside the Caribbean sea.
…The Dominican Republic doesn’t have any consulate service in Iran. I emailed their branch in Berlin and asked if I could apply from there since I visit Germany frequently. And bingo! It turned out that anyone who’s obtained a long term Schengen visa with multiple entry is eligible to enter the region. Only, they charge you 10$ upon arrival and you are allowed to stay for 30 days as a tourist. So, everything was set. I went to Hanover to take her to Frankfurt airport and to start our passionate journey to a warm land where snow is just a word to its locals.
…I had already booked a suit in Crown Plaza, formerly Intercontinental hotel. A five star residence located right beside Caribbean sea. After all, a lady should be treated like one.
The Dominican Republic is situated beside Haiti, the poorest country of the region, and neighboring Cuba. Of course, Dominican is wealthier than Haiti, but you can observe many poor people wandering in Santo Domingo trying to attract the tourists. The first thing I noticed was that their culture doesn’t match their liberty. A very open lifestyle for a not very well educated people. Prostitution is legal in Dominican republic, yet a third party is not allowed to take over the matter. The country has a very high rate of STDs, therefore they always promote protection everywhere. You can find sexual protection devices almost everywhere, so tourists can be at ease when the opportunity arise.
The Dominican Republic is famous for three things: cigar, rum, and its precious stones. It is the most important country to produce high quality cigars after Cuba. Many cigar shops are to be found throughout the country, and the hand made are the most expensive ones. They even host a cigar festival once a year. They are the number one producer of sugar cane, and consequently they produce the best rums in the world. (The basic ingredient of rum is sugar cane). And finally, there is Larimar. A very rare stone, only to be found there. They also have the best amber in the entire world. (Good to know that Persian amber is also among the best in the world). There are two museums dedicated to these precious stones in Santo Domingo. An amber with an intact insect in it is the most expensive one, and she bought one for me as my Valentine gift. A gift that I will keep close to my heart till the end of time.
…anyway, after 14 hours of floating on the ocean and passing Bermuda triangle, we had no choice but to rest a little on the warm and soft bed of the hotel.
The next morning, I woke up hearing the sound of the waves. I opened my eyes, and I was like wow! I had the most breathtaking view before me. The Caribbean blue. And beside me an angel was resting. She was like a mermaid. I was confused which way to attend, the balcony or my lover. However, it was not very difficult to decide. I held her arms from behind, kissed her neck and then opened the curtains, took my camera, went to the balcony and captured the first images of the reflection of the morning light on the sea, which was glowing behind the palm trees. The nearest beach to our residence was Boca Chica. We had planned to go there on our first day of stay;then, after exploring the city, we would go to Juan Dolio, the bigger but farther place to enjoy the sunlight. First we rented a car, a Hyundai Accent. It was the best way to get around the city since I had my international driving license with me.
The Dominican Republic is a very cheap country. Their currency is Peso, called Dominican Peso. One dollar equals around four Pesos. We needed to exchange some money and buy some basic goods such as a sim card and car charger. …Then I entered the weirdest shop I had ever seen. A small shop consist of a bank, a pharmacy, an electronic market and a souvenir shop. Amazing! A small shop near our residence offered all we needed. On the third day we thought to visit Christopher Columbus’s house. Just to mention that Christopher Columbus entered America through Dominican Rep. five centuries ago, thinking he had reached India. He built this house for his son Diego. The most hilarious thing about its decoration was that there were some heaters in every room. Yes, he wasn’t aware that he had reached a land which had never experienced coldness. So, they were all new, because they didn’t have the chance to use them even for once. And you could see blue tiles every where. After all, the place was designed according to the taste of its founders, the Spaniards.
…We arrived in Santo Domingo on the 10th of February. We were supposed to go to the movies on February the 13th, to watch Fifty Shades of Grey on the second day of its release, and of course on the occasion of Valentine’s Day. Many boys, girls and lovers were to attend this most anticipated erotic movie on this sensual night, based on the best seller book written by E. L. James. I remember holding her soft hand throughout the film. She knew I loved red nail polishes on her fingers, but didn’t know they could distract me, even from watching the sensual parts of the film and gaze at her while she was leaning on my shoulder.
…The film was neither good nor bad, it was better than what we expected, at least we didn’t feel the passing of time. It became a great memory of mine.
…then the night claimed its realm. she wore the Agent Provocateur set I bought for her. God’s artwork was flashing inside that black, man made piece of art. As if the divine light emerged to compete the darkness, to maintain the equilibrium, like the relativity that rules the world. Her gravity drawing me to her core, causing me to tremble while praising her every cell. To stroke her divine beauty with my fingertips, sliding over her velvet existence. Then she was beside the window, reflecting the sea, as if she was just arisen from it, turned to a human, just to took me with her, to the fringe of eternity. I approached her, held her tight, touched her tenderly, got rid of the obstacles, and took her to a place where lovers reside.
We might not meant to be together,
But, I love you,
Happy Valentine’s Day!