In my last days at the Dominican Republic, I tried to savor each experience before it was time to leave. This included drinking those delicious and fresh batidas fresas (strawberry smoothies). Another memory that I will take away with me is playing tennis in one of the most beautiful recreational centers I’ve ever been. The recreational center is called Olympic and it has multiple tennis courts, basketball courts, a track field, a baseball field, a soccer field, and a place to play volley ball. Never have I seen that many courts and fields at one place to host different type of sports.
I woke up close to 7 o’clock in the morning, and one of the members in my program and I took a taxi to Olympic. He was a bit worried that all the courts would be occupied, but I didn’t think it was possible since it was 8 am. I was mistaken. All of the tennis courts were occupied and wouldn’t be available until 10 am. Wow! Are we going to spend another 30 minutes just to return to our hostel? Nope, instead we found two older men that let us played 2 sets of doubles games with them. I was terrible at first because I hadn’t played tennis in such a long time – last summer to be exact. Anyways we didn’t win both sets, but that didn’t matter to me. I had a great time and I got to play tennis in the DR – that was more than enough for me.