Traveling to the Dominican Republic was a very different kind of trip. Almost purely a vacation destination, my plane was packed with tourists. It was an unusual thing to be a part of, and I found myself searching for the local culture during my trip.
After falling into the tourist trap of a trip to an “open market”, or rather San Juan Shopping Mall complete with it’s own food court and Victoria’s Secret, I realized the only connection to the true Dominican Republic I would find would be the resort workers.
These are some of the beautiful, friendly, and surprisingly content locals I got the opportunity to speak to.