Day 1 – Santo Domingo

Well folks, I’ve landed.

IMAG1624

Despite awkward propositions from prostitutes and shady shoe shine men – I found my hostel and the old part of town.
I know I’ve already told some folks, but just to recap: I got the idea a few months ago to chronologically follow Spanish colonial architecture and try to figure out how it evolved as it spread throughout the Caribbean and Central America.
For now I’m in Santo Domingo, and today I discovered just how silly and ambitious my idea is. But what the hell?
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
The city was founded in 1496, so everything the Spanish built here was the first in the “new world”. I spent a few hours drawing the Cathedral, and I have to say that it’s very strange to see Gothic architecture on a Caribbean island. But looking at the details, it doesn’t seem to be too far off from contemporary Spanish cathedrals – even down to some minor Moorish influences. It’s a building that is far more interesting in person than in pictures, but I’ll share some anyway.
In any case, the more important thing is that I got a full blown meal for about $4 today. Hopefully I won’t regret it tomorrow! I’ve got a full day planned, I’ll check back in tomorrow.
All the best,
Tom
img20170518_09583901
img20170518_09593023
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s