Twas the day before the last day of the year and the streets were quiet except for the patter of the dogs’ feet on the streets and me talking to them like they were my human children.
The dogs and I do walk-abouts every morning. I try to take them to places on a rotation basis. One day the Faro Colón, another Faro Sans Souci, down Ave. España, the streets of Villa Duarte and its barrios.
When we do a barrio walk Buenagente is usually the guide until Teli decided she doesn’t want to go down a street then I let her decide. They make the decisions unless I want to go someplace or its time to go home. Then it is my decision and I am the guide.
When most people have left the city for a holiday it is my favorite time to do the barrio walk-about. Christmas in Dominican Republic people usually go away and leave the streets of the city empty.
So here is the little map, more or less as some of the streets and alleys aren’t on any map.
I wanted to go to the Faro a Colón and go around that area but Buena had a different idea and surprisingly Teli went along with it.
Buena got the idea to cross the road on the far side of the Faro, he always wants to go there but on weekdays there is just too much traffic for me to deal with. But today he knew and off he led us.
We ended up on Calle Primera in what looks on the map to be Las Américas. On the walk through the streets, we had never been on these streets, 2 different people called out to Buenagente, the famous dog.
Buena led us on more streets in the barrios that I didn´t know and we came out in one of Buenas favorite areas. He knew where he was going. Sneaky boy that he is.
He likes to walk in Simonico, Villa Duarte. There are no real streets even though they are all cemented. Most streets a vehicle could never fit. The people are all friendly to us and, as usual, people yell out to say hi to Buenagente.
The houses are small and most are well kelp but you do come across an old wooden home. This one stood out. It seems to be a Colmado as the sign on the front says it sells beer, soda, natural juices, white beans, ice cream, mabi and they also repair stoves and wash machines.
We made it out of the twisting turning alley-streets. Teli led the way this time and took us back to the normal streets. They stopped to have a drink of cold water at a Colmado.
Now it was my turn. We had been walking, sniffing, barking, peeing (dogs sniffing, barking and peeing – not me..lol) and looking around. Smiling and saying hi to many new and different humans. It was time to head back home.
It was a good morning walk. The dogs are sleeping in their favorite spots and here’s me, working to make sure they have all the bones they want.