“Travels to a Different Time” : 3September1988:  Sosua, Dominican Republic: Sick with the Shakes! Armed Guards and Barred Windows

Bad start to a trip with a fever of 102 and the shakes compounded by waking up at 04:30 for a 06:50 flight from Toronto to Sosua. The limo arrived 10 minutes early upsetting my rhythm and was not appreciated. The airport was hopping at 05:30 and most of the passengers had checked in so a shitty seat for me. The plane was a WorldWays ancient DC-8. Aside from its age it is a solid plane and I have taken it to and from Europe in the 1970s without any complaints. Had a screwdriver to start the morning and being a charter flight peanuts instead of smoked almonds. Breakfast was a cheese omelette and a bran muffin with pathetic coffee. Surrounded by suburbanites from WASP central Oakville excited about downing pina coladas. The airport in Sosua is small and the first thing you see is a burnt-out plane just off the runway. Super humid. Hopped on bus and at hotel in 10 minutes.

Hotel called Playa Chiquita and is 10 minutes from town. It is a low rise and right on the beach. It faces a Dominican general’s villa on a cliff facing the ocean. The room is simple and well air conditioned. A television with international stations. The hotel beach is small but sandy and beautiful warm water and is encircled by rocky cliffs. The entrance to the beach is protected by a guard with a Billy club. All the houses have metal bars on their windows and some have armed guards. You get that feeling this is a dangerous country.

To dinner in town. Taxi was $2 and the roads are atrocious and the diver constantly swerving to avoid potholes. Dinner was a seabass in a white wine sauce for $3.75.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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