Dirty, Dangerous, Mexico City


As our trip neared its end, Austin and I found ourselves on yet another long bus ride. Continue reading “Dirty, Dangerous, Mexico City”

Santo Domingo’s Zona Colonial

Founded in 1496 by Christopher Columbus’s brother Bartholomew, Santo Domingo is considered today to be the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas. It was the first seat of the Spanish colonial rule during their settlement of the new world and served as the launching point for a number of famous expeditions including those of Ponce De Leon, Diego Velazquez de Cuellar, Hernando Cortes, and Vasco Nunez de Balboa. It’s also a survivor, enduring hurricanes, pirates (Francis Drake captured the city in 1586 and held it for ransom), battles, invasions, occupations by France and Haiti, trades, dictators, and oppressive poverty. Continue reading “Santo Domingo’s Zona Colonial”