Sunday was our first free day in Puerto Plata. We began by riding in a teleférico, or cable car, to the top of Mount Isabel de Torres to see the Christ the Redeemer statue. It was fun to take pictures with the statue appearing either in our hands, on our heads, or just in the background. There was a beautiful view from the top of the mountain allowing us to see much of the island.
The next item on the agenda for the day was shopping! We were warmly welcomed to a local store in Puerto Plata. We loved all the amazing items for sale such as jewelry, wooden sculptures, oil paintings, and many other souvenirs. After shopping at the store, we walked around town a little bit to get to the ATM. For many of us, this was our first experience using an ATM to obtain foreign currency. The buildings in the town were very close together, but were tiny and cute. After our busy morning, we enjoyed ice cream a local Austrian café.
Our day continued with time on the beach in Costambar in our little community. We relaxed on the beach listening to traditional Dominican music and admiring the tropical beauty of this picture-perfect beach. At the Happy Hippo restaurant, we enjoyed one of the best dinners we have had so far. Most of us ordered the grilled fish, which was amazingly fresh and flavorful. We finished off the night sharing laughs and conversations about our day in town.
By Caitlyn F., Nursing Major and Psychology Minor, and Rachel K., Nursing Major and Honors Minor
(Follow the experiences of our students as they have been serving in the Dominican Republic during spring break. Visit the blog at the Barton College School of Nursing.)