Dominican Republic 
For our last night in the DR we headed back to Santo Domingo. We stayed in a beautiful old convent turned hotel called El Beaterio.
For our last night in the DR we headed back to Santo Domingo. We stayed in a beautiful old convent turned hotel called El Beaterio.
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In the morning we took a tour of some of the historical sights in Santo Domingo.
In the morning we took a tour of some of the historical sights in Santo Domingo.
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The Hospital San Nicolás de Bari built between 1503 and 1508 was the first hospital in the New World. It is now home to dozens of little green Hispanolian Parrots.
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Our guide Pascual was 59 years old and has been giving tours of Santo Domingo his entire life. He was lively and very proud of his city's heritage.
Our guide Pascual was 59 years old and has been giving tours of Santo Domingo his entire life. He was lively and very proud of his city's heritage.

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These old storefronts are still in operating today as the fancy restaurant district. If we had another night in SD we would have checked it out.
These old storefronts are still in operating today as the fancy restaurant district. If we had another night in SD we would have checked it out.
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The Ozama Fortress is the oldest fort in the Americas. Construction began in 1502 and it was completed in 1505. The castle was designed to guard the entrance to the port of Santo Domingo and defend the city from seaborne enemies.
The Ozama Fortress is the oldest fort in the Americas. Construction began in 1502 and it was completed in 1505. The castle was designed to guard the entrance to the port of Santo Domingo and defend the city from seaborne enemies.
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The history of Santo Domingo is very interesting and Pascual was very entertaining, but the heat and the length of the tour were taking their toll.
The history of Santo Domingo is very interesting and Pascual was very entertaining, but the heat and the length of the tour were taking their toll.
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Luckily the next stop was a chocolate "museum" where they explained to us how chocolate was made in the DR. The left jar shows the proportions of ingredients in white chocolate. The top layer is dried milk, then sugar, and then cocoa butter. The middle jar is the ingredients for milk chocolate: dried milk, sugar, cocoa butter, and cocoa powder. The right is dark chocolate, just sugar and cocoa powder.
Luckily the next stop was a chocolate "museum" where they explained to us how chocolate was made in the DR. The left jar shows the proportions of ingredients in white chocolate. The top layer is dried milk, then sugar, and then cocoa butter. The middle jar is the ingredients for milk chocolate: dried milk, sugar, cocoa butter, and cocoa powder. The right is dark chocolate, just sugar and cocoa powder.
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After a nice lunch shooting the breeze with Pascual, Shayna and I left Santo Domingo to spend our last few hours relaxing at the beach.
After a nice lunch shooting the breeze with Pascual, Shayna and I left Santo Domingo to spend our last few hours relaxing at the beach.
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