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A few days in the Dominican

Friday, February 13, 2015

I am truly enjoying myself here in the Dominican Republic. The house where I am staying is right on the beach so I listen to the ocean all day long. Bonus, the beach is very private. When I went for a walk last night I found this neat abandoned hut...

Further down the road on Cabarete Beach is an area where there is a lot of kite surfers. Some of the surfers would lift up into the air and do tricks - it was very cool!

The best part of coming here was getting to see my little guy that I nanny for - he's been here since the beginning of January. They are flying back with me on Tuesday and Tyler says every day, "I don't want to go to cold Pennsylvania"... so we made a disguise - no way will they let him thru security at the airport...

Today we visited Monkey Jungle - very cool place! And there was more than just monkeys:

The peacock was very pretty, but my favorite was the rhino iguana:

The caged monkeys you needed to stay back from - one girl got too close and one guy reached out and grabbed her hair. The stinkers! But they're still cute...

There are only 5 and they are in a huge area - all rescued. The one above was a tourist monkey for years but when he reached maturity he bit a tourist... was then thrown in a small cage for many years, barely fed... when this place got him he was very sickly. They treat him very well now. The place is run by Canadians who started this and built a clinic in 2009. All proceeds go towards treating the locals who can't afford care.

Here is another little guy who was chilling on some lady's head - he was eating his peanuts and had no desire to leave :)

And this guy, well, he's one after my own heart. Why eat just one piece of pineapple when you've got 2 hands?

That's all for now. I'm sure I'll post another segment once I get home because I do take way too many pictures! Hope you all are doing well :) Love you guys!
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    Beautiful post! As I read it I felt warm! :o) I needed that in cold MN! emoticon
    2077 days ago
    Looks like so much fun! A want to wear a monkey on my head. They are sooo cute! I like your disguises too. What a good time!
    2078 days ago
    Great disguise, you guys!
    Great photos. Enjoy the rest of your trip.
    2079 days ago
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    This looks like so much fun! What a good R&R for you! emoticon
    Thanks fir sharing your photos. Will look forward to more of your fun!
    2080 days ago
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    Your vacation looks like lots of fun! -2 tonight here in the poconos including 4-8 inches of snow! emoticon
    2080 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15236155
    That's so awesome! Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures. I'm so glad you were able to get away and recharge your batteries!
    2080 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14015082
    Great pics. I am glad you are back safe and sound
    2080 days ago
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    Awe how neat! What a great experience! Thank you so much for taking the time to upload the pictures and do a blog. Hope you are having a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing the great pictures!
    2080 days ago
    emoticon (and I am soooooooooo jealous!) Can't blame Tyler a bit for not wanting to go back to cold PA. after over a month by the ocean... on a beach... wearing shorts!! emoticon
    2080 days ago
    JESUS. emoticon You even look fabulous in a "disguise". emoticon

    Tyler is ADORABLE! And I love the monkey pix too - especially the pineapple-hoarding monkey! ENjoy the time you have left there because you ARE coming back to some COLD weather in PA. emoticon
    2080 days ago
    Sounds like an awesome trip so far! Please soak up as much of that warm weather as you can - it's freezing here :)
    2080 days ago
  • MRTHING2000
    AH! So jealous! I want to go down there and SCUBA dive. They found Captain Kidd's pirate ship there a few years ago.
    2080 days ago
    Such amazing pictures! How cool you get to holiday with Tyler too, he must be loving you being there, a home away from home.

    LOL at the last monkey jamming that fruit down, bless him. all the animals are cute, the peacock is so beautiful!

    Say hi to the ocean for me! (how fab you are right by the waves and can listen to them all the time :D )

    2080 days ago
    Dang monkeys! I had one steal cotton candy from me as a kid.

    Hmm...they say animals are sometimes smarter than people....

    Anyway, looks like a fabulous time!!! And you are SO good with that boy. You and I should open a daycare. We would totally rock that.
    2080 days ago
    Love the pics!

    It sounds lovely there. So glad you are having a great time.
    2080 days ago
    Boy am I jealous!!! I wish I was there too! Wonderful pictures! Thanks so much for sharing them.
    2080 days ago
  • _BABE_
    Looks like fun! emoticon
    2080 days ago
    Nice pictures!
    2080 days ago
    Wow, Diane! I'm loving this trip! Thanks for taking us along, and I look forward to seeing your other photos after you get back to freezing Pennsylvania. I agree with you--that rhino iguana is a cute little guy! I love his smile, his chubby cheeks, and his drooping belly! I love the way his back legs just sort of rest on the ground there--he's not obsessing about weight issues, is he? And the two-fisted pineapple-binging monkey--you're right! We can all relate!

    I loved this, Diane, and am so glad you're having fun down there with little Tyler! I'm sure the trip back to PA will be so much more fun for him with you along on the flight!

    P.S. You look really pretty in that purple and black print shirt, despite the zany disguise!
    2080 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/13/2015 9:27:40 PM
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    Oh my goodness, what a fun time you're having! What did you find in the abandoned hut? Was it empty? I'm so curious, I could pop with suspense!
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    I love the disguises! Nope, TSA will never recognize him wearing that! emoticon
    2080 days ago
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