Dominican Travel Blog - Day 4: Off Day
Saturday, August 13, 2011
By Trevor Garrett
Dominican Travel Blog - Day 4: Off Day

JUAN DOLIO, D.R. – After two busy days in the Dominican Republic between service work and games, Saturday was a day of sightseeing and relaxation for the Bisons basketball team.

The team departed the hotel at 8:30 a.m. for a sightseeing trip into Santo Domingo.  The first stop was a local market where the Bisons visited shops and practiced their negotiation skills. 

The conversion ratio for a Dominican Peso to a U.S. Dollar is about 38-to-1.  Most items could be bought for less than twenty percent of the listed price if properly negotiated.

After completing the shopping, the Bisons visited the Ciudad Colonial (Spanish for “Colonial City”) where the first church in the New World was built.

The Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor was constructed from 1512 to 1540.  The Cathedral was consecrated by Pope Julius II in 1504 and housed Christopher Columbus’ remains until recently.

After lunch at the hotel, most of the team took a short shuttle ride to the beach.  Because of a reef, the local beach does not have waves crashing on the shore.  Instead the water is fairly level – gathered like a pool a couple of feet deep – for about a hundred yards out to the reef.

The Bisons will attend a local Dominican church service on Sunday morning and will play their third game Sunday evening at 5 p.m. central time in the eastern part of Santo Domingo.