I Went On My Honeymoon and Only got Shot at ONCE, then punched in the face!

United States
August 15, 2008 12:20pm CST
Have you ever been some place where you expected to be totally safe and secure only to have that delusion shattered by a catastrophic event like someone getting badly injured or guns being fired in your general direction? I guess when you are told "DON'T LEAVE THE RESORT", it is wise to listen to those that know better. But not me. What fun would there have been in that? So my husband and I gave up the sanctuary of our tropical paradise and the armed security guards and check points and ventured out into Punta Cana's country side to go horseback riding down the beach. The man who signed me up for the excursion told me it would be 2 hours. I didn't know he meant it would take 2 hours to drive there! And vehicles down there are unlike any I have ever seen. A beat up, dented up, old pick up truck pulled up in front of our resort that had seats bolted down into the bed of the truck and some roll bars applied to hang onto for dear life, oh and a ripped up tarp thrown over the top to "keep us safe". We huddle into this truck, my husband and I being the only 2 english speaking people, along with 3 Europeans who only spoke French and who obviously had never ridden horses before ever, judging by how they were dressed. Really, who rides horses and heels, and ballet slippers? And our driver who only spoke spanish. As we are driving on roads with no lines, and pot holes big enough to swallow up compact made american cars, like Cavaliers, through dense palm tree lined "urban" areas, we come across a truck that looked similar to the one we are riding in. Three men were standing in the back of it around what looked to be plenty of freshly cut marijuana plants. Our driver had to slow down to go past him because there was traffic coming the other direction but he too had to have seen what was in the truck because as soon as the other car had passed he slammed on the gas to take off. But not before one of the men in the pulled over truck pulled out a rifle and fired in our direction. I ducked, the Europeans dang near peed their pants and shrieked in a way only the French can do, and my husband started b!tch!ng because he wasn't allowed to bring any of his guns with him. We finally got to the horse ranch and the experience was well worth the danger. There is nothing that can compare to galloping full speed down the beach at the edge of the surf with the water and the wind in your hair. Exhilarating doesn't even begin to cover it! We did learn out lesson about booking excursions through the locals so the next day we went out on a snorkeling trip through a commercial industry on the island. They piled 100 of us onto a duel deck glass bottom boat and took us out to the middle of the ocean where they have fenced off a beautiful section of a very healthy coral reed, complete with nurse sharks and sting rays. The guides on the boat tell you 5 times in 5 different languages DO NOT TOUCH THE CORAL! DO NOT TOUCH THE ANIMALS! And if you are a poor swimmer or get tired easily stay in a designated section so a guide can assist you. 5 times in 5 different languages. We weren't in the water for 5 minutes before people were WALKING over the coral reef, grabbing the nurse sharks by their tails, and trying to pull the sting rays up out of the water. I was mortified. I got so angry that I was about to leave the water and get back on the boat when this fist comes out of nowhere and punches me so hard in my right cheek that I had an imprint of my goggles left for over an hour. I cursed at him in english. He said "Pardon" in french then fisted his way elsewhere. WHO SWIMS USING FISTS?! I didn't know Mike Tyson got a job as a swimming instructor! No more excursions for us. The next day we got boogie boards from the hotel and after about the fifth time I got stuffed into the sand I said screw it and went back to my chair, but not before bruising the insides of my upper arms to make it look like I had been held down and beaten. Oh and when they say "Don't drink the water", they mean don't bathe or brush your teeth with it either. I got an infection in my eye, and spent 3 days staying within 5 feet of the bathroom. Lessons to be learned....Never vacation in the Dominican Republic, and when you are told not to do something, DON'T! So have any of you ever had a horrible experience in a beautiful setting, or am I in the minority on this one?
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@novataylor (6570)
• United States
15 Aug 08
Goodgod, honey! You had one hell of a honeymoon. One thing's for sure - it's definitely memorable! Poor baby, I'm so sorry you got punched, and rather shocked that you didn't punch him back, and it makes my blood curdle to think of you being shot at like that, not to even mention your being tethered to the bathroom for 3 days! But the horseback riding sounds like something out of a dream. Surf, sand, horses, a brand-new husband, sounds so romantic, Cyn. I'm happy you have that little piece of heaven to remember along with all the hell. But still, it sounds like an incredible adventure and you came out of it not that much worse for wear, and you've got a plethora of stories to tell over the years to come, so I'd say it was all-in-all a positive experience, darlin. Welcome home. It's great to see you here, it's great to "hear" your voice again. Soothes my heart. Mama loves you. xxx
• United States
15 Aug 08
And I think that is the funniest thing about it. I have been asked a dozen times since I've been back how my honeymoon was and I go and on about the beaches and the palm trees and the parrots and monkeys to the point where the person who asked has wandered off into daydream land and then I hit them with "and that's when i got shot at"! LOL The looks on some peoples faces thus far have been priceless. Definitely memorable. Next year my vote is for Hawaii! I'll take my chances with an active volcano before I go back to the Dominican Republic.
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• Canada
16 Aug 08
Wow!!!! Thzt really sounds like someting. My husband used to live in the Dominican Republic, as his mother was born there. My step-bro and sister-in-law got married down here, and happily hey retuned home without any horror stories. I think you could write a book about your experiences. Holy crap!!! That really sounds like an experience and a half. Wow!!!! You should write a book.
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@maximax8 (30081)
• United Kingdom
15 Aug 08
Oh my! Your time in the Dominican Republic turned out to have some very awful and dangerous moments. Having a rifle pointed at you must have been terrifying. You misunderstood how long the journey would be to the stables and this was easy to do because of the language barrier. I love snorkeling and the first time I did this was at the Great Barrier Reef. I have been snorkeling in French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, Samoa, the Maldives, the Seychelles, Kenya and New Zealand. Luckily I have seen all people act responsibly in not touching the coral because this will kill it and respecting the sea creatures. Getting punched in the face was awfully upsetting and painful for you. I had an eye infection when I was in Israel so I am sorry to hear that you also suffered in that way. I have heard that the Samana Peninsula is lovely but other areas of the Dominican Republic have some crime and hotels with poor standards that travelers have complained about. Yes, if they say don't drink the water bathing in it might be fine or risky. Cleaning your teeth with it could be dangerous. I went to the Maldives and in my second week flew to an island connected by bridges to other islands. I cycled over to each island going up the chain of them. On my way back at the end of a road I could see a beautiful palm fringed beach. I pushed my bike on to it and walked along the beach taking photos of tiny islands just off the coast. A teenager gave me inappropriate chat and then attacked me. I screamed and shouted but nobody came. I was so lucky to get away from this dangerous idiot. I came back to my accommodation in tears and I got many bruises from struggling to get away from my attacker. I taught me not to go to lonely beaches in the future. Good luck with future travels and I hope that you stay safe.
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@jerzgirl (8168)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
16 Aug 08
O-M-F-G!!!! Outspoken I can understand, but you're only CYNICAL having had an experience like that???? You don't need heroic war stories to impress your children and grandchildren with - you've got Punta Cana!!! Unfortunately (or would that be fortunately??), I have no experiences that could possibly compare to yours. That's not to say I didn't live where I could hear gunfire periodically in the neighborhood or honestly felt that my life was in the balance at the hands of another, but NEVER on a vacation and NEVER in such a beautiful setting that should have been relaxing and rejuvenating. Holy moly, chica!! And to think I've asked my guy friend if we could go to the Dominican Republic sometime. I may have to rethink that one now!
@jerzgirl (8168)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
9 Mar 09
Thank you, Cynical!
@bellaofchaos (11549)
• United States
5 Dec 08
Well I have heard you tell this story when you came home and ofcourse ryan razzed you about the being shot at. Man I think I never want to leave the states. LOL!!! I hear Puerto Rico is not a place to vacation because of car jackings. Not sure but I think if I go anywhere it'll be some nice beach in the states.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
16 Nov 08
Wow...your honeymoon was one for the history books. I'll make a note to never go to the Dominican Republic...I don't think I'd survive. I know what you mean about not drinking water in certain places too. When I was 15 I went with some friends of the family down to Mexico (we lived in Texas). My Mom spent days telling don't drink the water, don't drink the water and don't drink the water. She also warned me about watching what I eat b/c they tend to put jalopeno's in EVERYTHING and I have a very sensitive stomach when it comes to spicy foods. Well, she warned me so much that when I finally got to go on the trip I spent 2 weeks drinking nothing but milk and eating nothing but nachos. I wouldn't touch anything else. I did have one fruit drink in Mexico...it was in a huge glass container and had chunks of fruit in it. It was wonderful...it was also 80% water...I also spent most of the trip back stopping for the bathroom. [b]~~MY OWN PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELF**[/b]
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
16 Aug 08
Uh... wow.... Well...uh... It's good nothing serious happened and I'm sorry you got punched. Now, if I'm not getting too senile over here, didn't I help plan the vacation? I could have sworn I posted at least more places than just the Dominican Republic. Okay okay, I admit some of my examples from back then might have been rather steep pricewise. Not my fault rite? At least you got horseback riding, coral and wildlife viewing, swimming and snorkeling. That's a Pro type vacation if I ever saw one! If only you were able to do some waverunning/jetski. ;p Er, I might get harassed for this, but next time it's gotta be Atlantis or Sandals. Hee hee! Or a cruise like my family get-together for next year! :D And I can't say I've been though anything remotely like that when I went to vacation spots.
@tina2696 (127)
• United States
16 Aug 08
I am so sorry. That is just terrible, I bet you are happy to be home. I am still waiting for my honeymoon.....14 years later!!! I guess after hearing your story, I should be greatful!
@joliefille (3696)
• Philippines
16 Aug 08
I had to laugh at how you put it: ...when this fist comes out of nowhere and punches me so hard in my right cheek that I had an imprint of my goggles left for over an hour. I cursed at him in english. He said "Pardon" in french then fisted his way elsewhere. WHO SWIMS USING FISTS?! I didn't know Mike Tyson got a job as a swimming instructor! Luckily I hadn't had something unfortunate like that happen to me on a trip. God forbid.