Thank God for the coconut guys on the streets; this place is HOT! The coconut guys work the streets with their carts and cut open coconuts with machetes for refreshing beverages. Aaahhh, the fresh juices... I guess I had forgotten what a ripe pineapple tastes like.
In Santo Domingo, merengue dancing is popular too. Friends will be happy to know I resisted the urge on nearly all occasions to dance; good thing it was dark when I did. Last night, I took a stroll out for some entertainment. A dark cobblestone street took me past a magnificent cigar shop to a cafe that spilled out dancers and diners. I cannot remember a more joyous recent event. It seemed that they had no other relevant care in the world. One particularly well-dressed elderly man rose from his chair and walked over with some intent to a beautiful young woman. I thought for sure she would decline his advance, but she rose with a shining smile and took his hand. To my astonishment, they danced the merengue, and the unlikely duo stole the show. I would say that it was that moment when I decided to learn to dance. Well, if I do learn to dance, that may be the reason.
I took the opportunity to take some photos on Monday. Here are some of what I found: