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  1. #11277
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    Mr Enternational
    Quote Originally Posted by OldKool  [View Original Post]
    I have a lady coming to see me on a Tuesday. She loves Bachata as do I. Anyone know where we can go to indulge our passions. One thing about SD is hat week days you have to hunt for night life /.
    No need to hunt. All the clubs are right there on Avenida Venezuela. Just take a taxi there and get out and walk into the club that you choose.

  2. #11276

    Dance clubs open on week days

    I have a lady coming to see me on a Tuesday. She loves Bachata as do I. Anyone know where we can go to indulge our passions. One thing about SD is hat week days you have to hunt for night life /.

  3. #11275

    GBP hours / days of operation?

    Is GBP open 7 days a week? What time does it close?

    Also, I am traveling with a best friend of mine who just got divorced from his wife of 18 years he met freshman year of University. I want to bring him into the hobby, but not sure if he is too strait laced for PfP. I figure I got one shot at taking him someplace "accidently" where sex is for sale and hope the chicas are hot enough to tempt him. Otherwise I am going to have to sneek around at odd hours to monger, which kind of sucks.

    I do not know the DR, but thought I might take him to a stripclub like Foxy's near our hotel and be like "You can have sex here for money? I am suprised too! Hey, as long as we are here why not give it a try?

    He just got a new GF on match.com and I am not a big fan. He needs to live a little after being with one girl his entire adult life.

  4. #11274

    I'll be there

    In SD on the 8th.

    Quote Originally Posted by ILikeBigButts3  [View Original Post]
    Is anyone around Aug 28th-Sep 11th?

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    Is anyone around Aug 28th-Sep 11th?

  6. #11272

    Welcome back

    When you wrote "casa de chicas" I think you meant "casa de cita. " The touts will know what you mean if you say either. Your questions are asked and answered many times. Spend a few minutes going through the forum posts and then ask about anything that isn't clear.

    Quote Originally Posted by Afrodisiaco  [View Original Post]
    Hi fellow tourists and mongers. I will be in DR from Nov 26-30. It has been 6 years since my last trip so obviously prices have changed.

    My idea is:

    Spent a day in Boca Chica (I arrive at night) find a hot girls and get a moderately priced hotel or just to to a Cabaa. I wonder what are the good places to find girls for a couple of hours. I am interested in Casa de Chicas mainly and then strip clubs / bars.

    Then spend the rest of my time in Sto. Domingo. Last time, I was in El Conde and a guy approached me talking about Casa de Chicas, etc. He took to me to a really nice place with awesome girls! Is El Conde still the place for hooking up or not anymore?

    So the same info I would ask (Casa de Chicas and strip club / bars).

    Hope to hear good places / weblinks or suggestions. If you happen to be there let me know.

  7. #11271

    Returning to DR in November. Last time. 6 years ago

    Hi fellow tourists and mongers,

    I will be in DR from Nov 26-30. It has been 6 years since my last trip so obviously prices have changed.

    My idea is:

    Spent a day in Boca Chica (I arrive at night) find a hot girls and get a moderately priced hotel or just to to a Cabaņa. I wonder what are the good places to find girls for a couple of hours. I am interested in Casa de Chicas mainly and then strip clubs / bars.

    Then spend the rest of my time in Sto. Domingo. Last time, I was in El Conde and a guy approached me talking about Casa de Chicas, etc. He took to me to a really nice place with awesome girls! Is El Conde still the place for hooking up or not anymore?

    So the same info I would ask (Casa de Chicas and strip club / bars).

    Hope to hear good places / weblinks or suggestions. If you happen to be there let me know.

  8. #11270
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    Tempoecorto
    Quote Originally Posted by Frannie  [View Original Post]
    The moto concho guys come in for a lot of stick for making left turns in eccentric ways, ...

    Incidentally, when I first came to the US, I was pretty shocked at the way in which vehicles overtook on the inside on multilane highways. In Britain and I think the rest of Europe that would be an absolute no-no that would get you arrested.

    Maybe you are right about the discrimination thing, but it must be a pretty unpleasant experience to go to a country where you are never sure if you can get served in a restaurant.
    1. That moto concho story was sobering. I never saw it from that perspective. I typically see young folks at the traffic intersections running helter skelter and was ascribing the erratic moves to impatience but that security part you alluded to is relevant.

    2. You are right. "passing" parallel on roads of at least 3 lanes is legal here. I discovered when I first came to this country and went for my driving test, once again. Having lived and learned driving in EU, it was curious for me as well where only one lane is marked for passing. Having said that, the thrill of driving at 200 KM + in Germany, Switzerland and Italy is etched deep in memory, which however calls for extreme attention to your surroundings. Speaking from personal experience.

    3. The "Armstrong" experience is remarkable. Indeed many others found it as soldiers on that continent during WWII. Having said that and this is the anniversary year of WWI, Britain has a fairly sad history as a nation on that count despite having imported soldiers from colonies, continental Europe did a lot better even though Nazi Germany was not good either.

  9. #11269
    Quote Originally Posted by Wrx2005  [View Original Post]
    My concern wouldnt be other passengers that much, but the possibility of slick hustlers hanging around bus stations looking for shit to steal.
    I think the bus companies are fully aware of this and have some kind of security presence at bus stations. It is also no doubt the reason why Caribe Tours has introduced a ticket system for picking up bags. Of course there could also be the issue of people claiming to have had bags stolen who never had any bags.

    That is why they will allow passengers to get off at intermediate stops like Navarete or Montellano, but they will not open the baggage compartments except at official stops or bus stations. So if you have large baggage and you want to get off at Navarete, when you get to Santiago you have to bring that baggage inside the bus with you.

    Remember that the Caribe Express group runs the equivalent of UPS and Western Union in the DR with a packet delivery service that utilizes the bus routes, plus a bank, so they are not complete strangers to the idea of security.

    They also offer foreign exchange and today's rate is 43.30 on the US dollar.

    However, I would always keep my passport, cell phone, cash and debit and credit cards on my person within the bus. I have nothing else of any value when I travel.

  10. #11268
    Quote Originally Posted by Manizales911  [View Original Post]
    When I took Caribe Tours from Santo Domingo to Sosua two weeks ago we were given tickets for our luggage. They had different colored tickets for different destinations and the guy handed me the wrong color ticket and I told him about it and his response was "no importa", I got on the bus shaking my head.
    That type of experience and the attitude following, definitely reinforces for me, that one should always maintain responsibility for anything important to them, and not assume someone else is going to look out for their interests / personal effects or that those entrusted will do their job competently. Last year when I used a Metro bus, I did not see any tight security or concern to make sure someone didn't walk off with someone elses bag. People were reaching for bags and walking off. I was a little concerned about my own bag, and watched everything from the window to be sure I didnt see my bag. My concern wouldnt be other passengers that much, but the possibility of slick hustlers hanging around bus stations looking for shit to steal.

  11. #11267
    Quote Originally Posted by Frannie  [View Original Post]
    It was reasonable that she was asked to wait, but when you have situations where there are customers with different needs, like 1) adding more minutes, a quick cash transaction, and 2) choosing a new phone and setting up a contract, a lengthy process possible involving a larger sum of money, it does not make a whole lot of sense for the business to make the former wait in line for the latter, so it is the business model that is the problem.

    I remember I used to buy minutes at the Orange counter in the Tropical Supermercado in Puerto Plata and this process involved two employees, one to ring up the cash and the other to take my phone and add the minutes. It would be frustrating to wait for another customer with some complex transaction only to find that their system for recharges was down today. The solution is automation and I believe Playero now has a self-service machine where customers can add minutes without bothering a customer service representative. If my memory is wrong, then there is certainly a self service machine at the Metro bus terminal across the road.
    Quite frankly, that woman probably wanted more than only adding minutes. Because the rep listened to her briefly and told her to wait instead of directing her to the machine. There are two machines and both were working quite fine that day.

    Like Mr G said, enough locals are just rude like that. A common sense move a typical individual with a certain level of home training could do, is simply acknowledge the person who is next on line, and indicate in some way that they only have a quick transaction, or they just want to ask a quick question. Not bogard the whole line.

    Bottom line, even dominicans / locals have to deal with (and accept) having to make adjustments to some of their behavior and customs in the presence of others / foreigners.

  12. #11266
    Quote Originally Posted by Manizales911  [View Original Post]
    I took the Caribe Tours bus from Santo Domingo to Sosua two weeks ago and it was total chaos getting our bags loaded under and getting on the bus, no sense of a line / queue to be found at all.
    Of course there was chaos, you arent blind. You saw an example of what me and my buddy saw when we attempted to board the CT bus in SD. Instead of the formation of a long line, people formed like a wide mob towards the bus driver and entrance door. With a few anxious passengers going around other people ahead of them so they could get on the bus 1st. In fact, that was my 1st time ever boarding in SD to go back to Charimicos.

    Last year I used Metro and Caribe Tours to go back and forth between Sosua / Charimicos and Santiago. When we boarded in Charimicos it was orderly. When we boarded in Santiago it was orderly. I never got off any of those buses to get snacks. So I never had an opportunity to see any chaotic scene at the snack area in Santiago like I did last week at the exact same stop. Obviously if one doesn't get off the bus, they arent going to see it or have an account of how people may behave there.

  13. #11265
    Quote Originally Posted by Tempoecorto  [View Original Post]

    Having said that, I wish (and it ain't going to happen) the DR does a little better on driving. The honking gives me a heart attack every time as we are not used to it and the moto conchos overtaking from the right. But the value of life is different out there but overall, Vive la difference!
    Well, yes, but I think most people do drive carefully. A lot of the problems stem from the poor condition of the roads, with many potholes, deep drains, and homes and businesses opening directly onto busy roads. A lot of accidents seem to involve poorly maintained heavy goods vehicles, and then I am sure that alcohol-impaired driving is a significant factor in accidents. Throw some pretty atrocious weather at times into the mix, along with wet roads slippery with spilled oil and leaves and overloaded bikes and cars and there is a lot of potential for accidents.

    The moto concho guys come in for a lot of stick for making left turns in eccentric ways, but a guy who I knew who had just bought a motor bike a few days earlier was very seriously injured when he stopped to make a left turn and waited in the middle of the road in Cabarete and was hit by a dump truck that obviously was not paying attention, at least not paying attention to him. The moto conchos at all costs avoid stopping and waiting in the middle of the road to make a left turn with very good reason, I would say.

    Incidentally, when I first came to the US, I was pretty shocked at the way in which vehicles overtook on the inside on multilane highways. In Britain and I think the rest of Europe that would be an absolute no-no that would get you arrested.

    If you are driving in the DR in a heavily populated area, you need to be very, very careful and watch everything in your field of vision.

    People have said that there are no speed limits in the DR. This is not true, but it is true that they are rarely enforced due to a general lack of resources. For example on the Samana Highway from Santo Domingo to Nagua, the maximum speed limit is 50 mph (80 kph), and you will see some signs, but probably no police cars or radar traps. I think you exceed the speed limit at your own risk, but the road does carry a certain amount of local traffic and I really wouldn't want to hit a child on a bicycle going at 70 mph, even if they were at fault.

    Maybe you are right about the discrimination thing, but it must be a pretty unpleasant experience to go to a country where you are never sure if you can get served in a restaurant. That was one of the reasons so many talented American jazz musicians emigrated to Europe in the 1930's and Louis Armstrong was greeted at the train station in Copenhagen in 1933 by ten thousand people throwing flowers, a distinct contrast to touring in the southern USA where even using the bathroom could be a problem.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZvqvNYJmC4

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    Tempoecorto
    Quote Originally Posted by Frannie  [View Original Post]
    That tends to be the case anywhere where a restaurant is selling fresh foods.
    Excellent way of ordering in the DR. Your way.

    Your story reminded me of Japanese eating places. Of course there is no question of having it in any other languages but nothing is as fresh as Japanes seafood. The eating houses have their daily stuff. Written typically in their calligraphy, stuck to the wall or on a string. In addition, a knowledgeable person gets to know the chef and asks about what is available. One improvises while eating. Ordering a bit of this and a bit of that and ends up with a fantastic meal. My experience of course is second hand without the language, visiting such places with locals but that is how you get to know the real country rather than the touristy menu cards with pictures or fake food in the window so one can point at that.

  15. #11263
    Your life is your choice never complain.

    Quote Originally Posted by Frannie  [View Original Post]
    That tends to be the case anywhere where a restaurant is selling fresh foods. Obviously you cannot reprint a whole photographed and laminated menu if pineapples are not available today, or the fishing boat broke down, or they had not caught a certain type of fish, or the restaurant is out of shrimps. Alternatively you can just have a simple typed sheet that you print out daily so that it is always updated, but probably no pictures for the language-challenged.

    I often drink juices, so I will just ask first what they have available, because they never have everything listed. For the food too, I will often just ask what they have first instead of referring to the menu. "Do you have shrimps? No, OK, so lets go with pork chops. How about some papa puree, yes? And let's have the steamed vegetables too. No side salad. And bring me a glass of lemonade and a bottle of water and some garlic bread. And when I have eaten that I will have a cup of cafe con leche. OK?..

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