After mining this site for information (much appreciated everyone) its only fair that I try to pass on what I have learned from my first trip to Sosua (Aug 26th - Sept 2nd)
Day 1 - Flight cancelled (Isaac); result is a over night stay in the Dallas Airport.
Day 2 - Flight delayed out of Dallas to Miami, connection missed. Called a friend to e-mail Rick that I would be there the next day (he tried, and succeeded to lock out my e-mail account in the process). American Airlines sprung for a hotel room, spent the night drinking in South Beach with a few other stranded individuals; which not shockingly was the highest cost day of the trip.
Day 3 - Finally arrived to POP (which is more than I can say for my luggage). Made it to Sosua and went to Rocky's. Rick - the guy is great, made me feel welcomed, had a room set up despite not having contact with him. Absolutely will be my destination for my return voyage. Got there rather late due to the delay and missing baggage claim; but though I might as well do some exploring. Did the beach tour, and the main drag tour; ended up back at Rockies for dinner. Enter a chica! Sat down next to me while eating, pleasant to view and all; but looking back I made a rookie mistake - wifed up with the first chica I contacted. Perhaps I was in sensory overload; but this resulted me in slightly overpaying. We bar hopped the rest of the night and ended up back at Rockies.
Day 4 - Awoke w/mi esposa, had a morning session and she went on her way. Set a time to meet again later that afternoon. Went to the supermarket to stock up (bottled water, toothpaste...etc). Then went to the Pharmacy for some Vitamin "V". Roughly $25 for a pack of 5. Then to the cigar store next to Brittania for some cubans (when in Rome). Met back with mi esposa and went to dinner and the disco. Back to Rocky's at the end of the night for another session.
Day 5 - Had a lot of fun the last 2 days, but wanted to find a way to distance myself with mi esposa. I told her that I was going to take a trip to Puerta Plata and wasn't sure that I would be back to Sosua. Lame excuse? Sure, but desperate people do desperate things. Net cost for time with mi esposa (excluding dinner and drinks) - I don't even remember, I think roughly $300 USD. Did I over pay? I think so, but I'm guessing most rookies will end up doing such a thing. And that giant scream of excitement you heard? That was me when my luggage arrived. Within 15 minutes of its arrival I was snorkeling at the beach. Henceforth all days began with a swim in the Caribbean. Did the Rumbas and Classico scene at night, ended up hooking up with a beautiful 22 yr old, Short Session, $2,000 pesos.
Day 6 - Friday, Breakfast at Brittians, followed by another Carribean Swim. Back to Brittanias to watch Chelsea blow a Super Cup game against Athletico Madrid. Meh, meaningless game. Still, a loss is a loss; and thankfully a salvation was at hand in the name of Passions. Note - I took particular pride in passing by CMP en route, they had some folks giving out free drink coupons to get people to go inside - maybe the boycott is working? Passions, Wow - again; sensory overload, seriously you can not beat this place. Did a onsite session with a lady who actually spoke a decent amount of english. At night again I did the Rumba, Classicos circuit, ended up with a 21 yr old Rihanna if she were 5'2 lookalike. Cost - Short term, again $2,000 pesos.
Day 7 - Saturday, after the requisite swim I went to the beach to live the life of the beach bum. Went to the Norwegian bar. Was hit on by a Local cougar (permanent resident gringo), interesting experience enough. Did the movie night at Rocky's, again this place will make you feel welcomed! Went to Rumbas around 9:00 that night, met up with a person I had met the previous day. He was with a Chica and her friend, I took one for the team. And when I say took one for the team I meant going to my room for a Short Term session with her friend and then heading to Classicos with the 25 yr old stunner. By far - this was the best Chica of the trip. After Classicos it was back to Rocky's for round 2. Total damage for the night (again, excluding drinks) $100 USD. Still in contact with the chica; however I'm guessing its only a matter of days until the Request for Money comes (sick child this, in jail that; I'm sure it will be something).
Day 8 - Shit, flying back. I felt too exhausted to do much of anything. Went for one last swim before I checked out. Didn't want to go, but had to go. Already looking forward to my return trip.
Summary: Yes, rookie mistakes were made; I imagine they always will be. This site is a gold mine for showing someone the ropes. Advice for someone who has the first trip there - don't fly American Airlines if you can help it (which most people probably can't). Also, don't rush! Probably the one thing I can't stress enough. Start negotiating by offering a dollar amount, don't ask how much; tell them how much. If you make a fair offer it most likely will not be rejected.
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