For this day in the Dominican Republic, we had the opportunity to spend our day on the beach in Sosua. The area was absolutely breathtaking with the blue waves crashing against the rocks. We began our day with a unique shopping experience that you won’t find in the States. As we walked along the shops, the owners did all they could to pull us into their shops. Even if we said no, they still would try everything they could to get our business. They would say things like, “It’s almost free.” Once inside if you find something you like, you are able to barter prices for the goods that you want. It’s a difficult process to get the hang of as they can be quite pushy; but when you realize how badly they want to make a sale, you can get what you want for a good price.
The beach in Sosua was unlike any other beach that we had seen since we arrived in the Dominican Republic. All the beaches that we had seen before were covered in trash along the shore and also had sewage flowing into the ocean. It is quite sad to see the beaches in complete ruin because they have so much potential if they were cared for. The beach in Sosua was clean, and the waters were sky blue. Unlike the other beaches, Sosua did not have trash strewn along the shore. It was surprising to see a beach that was cared for. Shop owners would take the time to sweep the trash and leaves outside their shops. They also went along and cleaned the trash off the tables after people were finished eating. We wish that all the beaches were as cared for as this one.
By Chandler and Travis Pearce
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