The following are photographs from a recent trip to Bávaro, Punta Cana, the easternmost province in the Dominican Republic. After viewing the photos in this blog, I hope you can get a sense of the daily life, landscape, and agriculture in the Dominican Republic.
Bávaro, Punta Cana
A typical house in the Dominican Republic. Most homes are very colorful on the outside.
Clothes are hung to dry in front of the home.
People are often found outside their home socializing, resting, or doing daily work.
An elderly woman looking outside of her window.
A man riding on top on a truck.
A child getting her hair done with other women and children outside a home.
Fruit stand on the side of the road.
Inside of the school "Escuela B. La Gina Del Isleno". The children were in summer school and normally wear uniforms during the school year.
The children loved to be photographed, and the girl grabbed the young boy for a photograph on my way out.
Snapshot of the blackboard
A young girl walked by the school and looked inside. At the same time, the teacher looked outside the door.
Iguanas are especially attracted to yellow flowers.
Tobacco leaves being cut for cigars.
Cigar in the making. The casing is being rolled with the tobacco inside.
The finished product!
Example of homes of the original tribes in the Dominican Republic prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492. The Dominican Republic was the first European settlement in the Americas.
A boy carving stone sculptures for sale.
My stone sculpture souvenir! - A Pittsburgh Pirates baseball.
Another souvenir! A bottle of Mama Juana. The drink is made with rum, red wine, and honey in a bottle with herbs and tree bark.
Part of the kitchen inside a home
Other side of the kitchen
The cooking is done in a separate hut from the living quarters in order to keep the smoke and smell out.
Coffee bean after picked from a plant and processed
A boy relaxing on his parent's farm where they grow coffee beans, cocoa beans, and other plants. These products are grown on local farms and sold in large quantities to companies who further manufacture and package products for sale.
There are plenty of horses grazing in the countryside.
However, mules are used more for labor than horses.
Countryside shortly before a brief spout of rain came. Banana plant. When bottom flower falls, the bananas are ripe.
Pineapple plant Birds of Paradise plant
Red variegated tropical plant
The experience in the Dominican Republic was unforgettable, and I am thrilled I had the opportunity to visit there!