Santo Domingo should be avoided.

Posted by jswt | Posted in Dominican Republic - Santo Domingo, General | Posted on 26-12-2012

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So, Santo Domingo in the Domincan Republic sounded nice on paper… You always hear about the nice tropical resorts in DR, but those are in the north. Santo Domingo is in the south, and is a crumbling, poverty stricken, crime ridden far from the gated resorts up north. This city holds a special place for me, as it’s the first place I’ve ever visited where you’re right on the ocean, but cannot swim in the ocean – it’s so cluttered with garbage, pollution, and waves of human excrement that it’s been ruined. Our hotel was right across the street from the beach, which sounds nice, until you see the wall of people hanging out along the beach who are all waiting to eye you up and shake you down as soon as you leave the hotel, and occasionally step over and lean over the cliffs to shit into the ocean — the waterfront is literally their toilet.
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Austin is unTexas

Posted by jswt | Posted in USA - TX - Austin | Posted on 16-12-2012

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So it’d been about 8 years since I was last in Austin, and it’s still one of the best cities in the US: it’s got a music scene like very few other places, a greaser redneck culture that’s actually cultured, amazing BBQ, a sexy drawl, and good bars on every corner. As an american city, it’s not without it’s endless sprawl, complete reliance on cars, and a disbelief in vegitables, but it makes up for it by being sincerely itself.
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