We get in the red, revving buggy ride with no instructions about how to maneuver this machine. They call us Bori-Domini. Bori as in Boricua because my family is from Puerto Rico. Domini as in Dominican because Joseph’s family is from Santiago and he has an accent. We prepare for the bumpy muddy road with sunglasses, panuelos (bandanas, accent on the n), and sturdy, black, too-big-for-us helmets. The tour guide turns the key for us. Joseph shifts to drive. And then, we are off.

p.s. On Wednesday, we passed by cows, horses, and little kids offering us flowers. We stopped at a cigar and chocolate factory, then a bat cave with a 25 ft. jump into the cave’s den of water. Lastly, we stopped at a beach–all in our little buggy ride that stopped working 3x while on the dirt road. #nice It was an amazing excursion! Thrill ride for sure. So, here’s to dirt roads!


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