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Cell phones, currency, etc etc
« on: February 04, 2019, 07:45:09 PM »
When I fly in whats the quickest way to get service? I'm guessing claro....somewhere.    I've been to few latin american coujntries and airports that range from a claro booth right in the airport to an  airport without airconditionining so I wan to know where to go once I land.

Currency. I'm seeing a bunch of warnings about not using cards.  IN the past the goto move was ATM to get the best exchange rate with the least amount of hassle but it's seeming like the move is to exchange all at once? Is that right?  Anyone not on their first international trip knows not to excahnge at the airport but if ATMs aren't an option and the airport is taxing, whats a good place to go?    I'm staying the first night in Puerto Plato Airbnb.

Taxis.  Flying into STI, what should I expect to pay if I don't find an uber?

Sun.   I'm a whiteguy but I'm from South Florida.  This has served me well until I went to San Andres' and ended up with sunburn so bad i had what felt like nerve damage for 2-3 weeks (itching).   I'm guessing the sun is ...sunny since it's in the Caribbean but I'm curious if it's worst then Cartegena (just to throw oujt something that has a high chance of others visiting).

Cops.   Is it true they will come up to you asking for gas money or tips?     

Sosua - Is there anything in Sosua besides the stroll?    Every thing about Sosua is a mongering forum,   Sure, I monger. ...I've done it all , monger turn, leo check, etc etc etc.  I just don't want to focus my trip around it.    More so when I keep reading and get the impression it's all a bunch of 50 year old fat dudes that dont wipe there ass (repeatidly said on here).

Expats - this was a  strong draw to the DR when I initially watched Mr T's videos.  A strong expat community, is this basically anywhere or is there a part of town where more hang out at?


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Re: Cell phones, currency, etc etc
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2019, 11:56:07 AM »
Wanted to answer some questions just in the event someone as unplanned as me books a trip without doing their homework first.  I've been here for about 7 hours now and there are a few things that become very apparent very quickly and depending on where you are flying in at , might be a little problematic.

This is based off of the 3am incoming flight to STI.

>When I fly in whats the quickest way to get service? I'm guessing claro....somewhere.    I've been to few latin american coujntries and airports that range from a claro booth right in the airport to an  airport without airconditionining so I wan to know where to go once I land.

You wont, you'll be ushered outside where there isn't much english. Shit will be closed for the most part, wifi will not be accessible or  least I wasn't able to get a signal and I went the way outside to the "end".   If you are into building a parachute on the way down, like I am - this is going to be where you find out how you do.   I did pretty well, ran into 2 NY dudes that were looking for  cab and split the fare.   Got a van for 95.  Took around two hours, in the end I couldnt find my air bnb, Hotel Europa was booked and after about half an hour we all got rooms at New Garden.   Ticket was 75.  At that point I just wanted a bed and a place to pull my laptop out and figure out wtf is going on for the next day.  Took two hours to find my Airbnb today,had to pay a taxi (best move ever, was like 100pesos)

>Currency. I'm seeing a bunch of warnings about not using cards.  IN the past the goto move was ATM to get the best exchange rate with the least amount of hassle but it's seeming like the move is to exchange all at once? Is that right?  Anyone not on their first international trip knows not to excahnge at the airport but if ATMs aren't an option and the airport is taxing, whats a good place to go?    I'm staying the first night in Puerto Plato Airbnb.(turned out to be Sosua)

This  was easy.  Asked an expat got pointed to a guy, asked the exchange rate he quoted 49 - I pulled 5 bucks out and told him 2500. He gave 2500.  Not sure if thrat's a one-off or the "real rate" is 50 and I can always get it but thats what I got.

>Taxis.  Flying into STI, what should I expect to pay if I don't find an uber?
I expected to pay 100 before landing, once I landed and saw that I really had no options I figured they'd get me for 150-200.  Got half of 95 by splitting a cab.

>Sun.   I'm a whiteguy but I'm from South Florida.  This has served me well until I went to San Andres' and ended up with sunburn so bad i had what felt like nerve damage for 2-3 weeks (itching).   I'm guessing the sun is ...sunny since it's in the Caribbean but I'm curious if it's worst then Cartegena (just to throw oujt something that has a high chance of others visiting).

Aint about shit and I'm half irish.   

>Cops.   Is it true they will come up to you asking for gas money or tips?     

Haven't been here long enough but I'm standing out, I doubt it will be long before I encounter one.    Major advice given by everyone is avoid drugs and being set up by locals, and even broke ass expats.     I smoke but I dont want to end up in a jail cell and lose a shitload of money to go home so I'm just gonna keep my nose open, in other countries you can ask the cab driver from the airport and you'll score.  I've been warned alot aboiut drugs here and watching travel vlogs from Mr.T where a black guy who looks clean cut is just driving and gets ran into by a kid on a scooter, developing into cops arresting him and needing to pay 10k - yeah fuck that.  Just basic game theory shows it would be the easiest hustle since you need no product, just approach tourist and dime them out for a cut, and you can be any age, sex or attractiveness level to run the scam.

>Sosua - Is there anything in Sosua besides the stroll?    Every thing about Sosua is a mongering forum,   Sure, I monger. ...I've done it all , monger turn, leo check, etc etc etc.  I just don't want to focus my trip around it.    More so when I keep reading and get the impression it's all a bunch of 50 year old fat dudes that dont wipe there ass (repeatidly said on here).

You're in luck, there is a resort and you'll start to see tourists here and there.  Unless you look sexpatish you will be able to avoid detection at least at least at first glance.       This miiiiiight buy you time with a tourist before your story falls apart about being a computer programmer who decided to come alone to a place you either come with family or have sex for money..     Going to Cabarete after posting this to grab some food and see what the scene looks like.

>Expats - this was a  strong draw to the DR when I initially watched Mr T's videos.  A strong expat community, is this basically anywhere or is there a part of town where more hang out at?

Yeah, anywhere.  Strong expat scene here and without alot of expat context one thing I've noticed is this.   You wanna talk about some space age pimping?  I respect the game and I'm 40 so I know what it is and this isn't talking shit but I saw some ooooooooooooold school pimp shit even I would be too young to have actually seen first hand.  I'm talking about stuff that was just talked about by us as kids by older guys in the neighborhood who most likely just heard about it..  Stuff like wreckless eyeballing.  Choosing, Training bitches.   I'm of the mindset that we lost round 1 already.   You can't force a girl to do anything, shit Eve disobied the Lord on like the second day and not just an abstract Idea of God like we have, an actual being talking to her telling her she can have paradise after showing her and proving to her she can have it. She still tried to upgrade. The point of that is not mitigated if you beleive in God or not,   The story about a womans nature was important enough to be included in the very beginning of the Bible, so even if fake it was an idea that was very important to express even 2k years ago by "wise men" and if you lo look you will find many many old stories about a man's downfall being a women in almost all cultures.  This isn't news to most of you.

Quick summary:

Have your Taxi lined up somehow or an Uber.    It could have gone very badly.  Same with the Airbnb.  If you've done it in the past in places like Colombia , Peru, etc and just had a minor headache but you eventually find the number dont be suprised when you are told they dont go by numbers here.  I haven't seen one yet but I've also been sort of focused on trying to find the Airbnb today before getting booted from New Garden.     I don't care if you look on the map and see sosua is small and think you'll just wake up when he asks where and you'll show him a map then you'll dose off and wake up again at the Airbnb.  It's gonna be 5am if you are lucky with no one out except a few tricks, security gaurds at other places might not know where the Airbnb is, etc.

I'm not sure how you'd go about service in the airport, but if you can get an Uber you'll be alot better off.   Here and every Latin country I've been to, taxis will tell you they are Uber.  Obv this is a lie.  They still might be solid, In South America I've seen some cool customized cabs and everyone is a cab driver.   You might accidentally flag a local down and not know he isn't a cab driver until he is asking you how to get to the place.   

Talent I haven't had a lot of time to look at , saw one 8 but I'm a bit biased.   I live in South Florida and I'm not attracted to Hatians or Caribbean women for the most part.  I wont lie and this is bad to say for someone my age and from where I'm from.  I honestly didn't know DR was attached to Haiti I just kinda thought they were islands floating somewhere and it was like Puerto Rico or something but a little darker. This isn;'t a major problem and I'll fuck a snake if you'll hold it but it'll at least help me not go too crazy.   Of coarse this is with like 2 hours of looking in the morning on the weekdays.   

I'm starving got to bail.

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Re: Cell phones, currency, etc etc
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2019, 09:52:38 PM »
When I fly in whats the quickest way to get service? I'm guessing claro....somewhere.    I've been to few latin american coujntries and airports that range from a claro booth right in the airport to an  airport without airconditionining so I wan to know where to go once I land.

Whenever i fly into town, i immediately get me a SIM (Viva, Claro, etc.) for data service (usually around 5 days at a time) and have them put it in my phone.  Once i leave, i take the DR SIM out, and stick my old one back in.


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Currency. I'm seeing a bunch of warnings about not using cards.  IN the past the goto move was ATM to get the best exchange rate with the least amount of hassle but it's seeming like the move is to exchange all at once? Is that right?  Anyone not on their first international trip knows not to excahnge at the airport but if ATMs aren't an option and the airport is taxing, whats a good place to go?    I'm staying the first night in Puerto Plato Airbnb.

I usually just go to the bank and get cash that way....just bring your passport.  I've only used the one in Sosua, but i'm sure whichever one you choose, there will be tellers there that speak English.  And the transaction only takes a few minutes.


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Sun.   I'm a whiteguy but I'm from South Florida.  This has served me well until I went to San Andres' and ended up with sunburn so bad i had what felt like nerve damage for 2-3 weeks (itching).   I'm guessing the sun is ...sunny since it's in the Caribbean but I'm curious if it's worst then Cartegena (just to throw oujt something that has a high chance of others visiting).

I've never been to Columbia, but i'm pretty sure the sun exposure is about the same in DR as it is there.  If you just make like you're back in Columbia, you can't go wrong.
   

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Sosua - Is there anything in Sosua besides the stroll?    Every thing about Sosua is a mongering forum,   Sure, I monger. ...I've done it all , monger turn, leo check, etc etc etc.  I just don't want to focus my trip around it.    More so when I keep reading and get the impression it's all a bunch of 50 year old fat dudes that dont wipe there ass (repeatidly said on here).

Other than the beach, not really.  But the only reason i go to Sosua is for the whores.....(which are mainly only found on the stroll/strip, and the beach. lol)  If you're trying to actually do stuff, you can check out Cabarete or Puerto Plata.

 


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