To Santo Domingo From Punta Cana by Bus With Bavaro Express

If you are staying in Punta Cana you might be interested in visiting Santo Domingo, the first and oldest city built in America by Europeans. the best way is by bus taking the Bavaro Express (Expreso Bavaro). This bus leaves from Bavaro Bus Station, around the Friusa intersection on the Avenida Estados Unidos 809-552-1678.

Departure times are:

7:00 am (first bus)

9:00 am

11:00 am

1 pm

3 pm

4 pm (last bus)

You may also board at the Veron stop along Plaza Colonial 809-455-1473. In this case the pick-up times are usually half an hour after the original departure time. The price of the ticket is 400 RD$ one-way for both adults and children and there is no discount if you buy the return ticket. You can buy the tickets at the office just in front of the bus stop, same story in Santo Domingo for the way-back. The trip is around 3h40m depending on the traffic.

**BE AWARE that very often entering the city the driver or other men ask who’s going to visit the Colonial Zone (Zona Colonial). This is a trick for the tourists. They say that the bus doesn’t pass for the Colonial Zone and the only way to reach it is taking a cab. That’s not true because the bus actually goes to the Colonial Zone. The only reason they do it is because they just want to get some extra money. So they try to let you get off before and push you to get a taxi (bus and taxi drivers have a deal in this sense) with the excuse that that part of the city is very dangerous. In case this happens DON’T GET OFF and stay on the bus till it arrives at the Chinatown neighbor that is very close to the Colonial Zone and it’s safe**.

Upon entering Santo Domingo, the driver is flexible with letting passengers off. The normal stops are in front of the Dario Contreras Hospital on Santo Domingo’s east side, the corner of Calle Josefa Brea & 27 de Febrero and the last stop on Juan Sanchez Ramirez, off of Maximo Gomez.

Getting to Bavaro from Santo Domingo

The bus is picked up just off the Avenida Maximo Gomez on Juan Sanchez Ramirez #31 809-682-9670 just about a half a block from the Supermercado Nacional. Departure times are the same as in Bavaro. Before leaving the city, the bus will make one more stop at El Parque Enriquillo on Avenida Duarte. Tickets can also be purchased at this location.

Once the Expreso Bavaro bus reaches Bavaro, it is no longer an express bus. From the bus’s first stop at Veron, to its last stop at Friusa, the driver will let passengers off wherever they please.

Note:

The Expreso Bavaro is currently the only express transportation between Santo Domingo and Punta Cana. The only other option to travel to Santo Domingo and other western destinations is by taking local buses to Higuey and transferring from there.

Airplane Head & Neck Injuries

More than half of the world’s air travel is through planes that take off and land in the United States. The airline system that has such a good safety record overall has gotten that way through numerous safety innovations and rules enforced on board at all times. While the rules and safety features can prevent many injuries and accidents, airplanes are not an injury-free zone. Two common injuries during flights are injuries to the head and neck.

During take-off and landing, a plane’s passengers can be tossed forward and then quickly backwards by the movement of the plane. This motion is much more possible on landing than on take-off but is not unheard of in other situations. When the head and neck are sent forward and then snapped back quickly, it is possible for a whiplash injury to occur.

 

If the head snaps forward and makes contact with the back of the seat in front of it, a concussion is not out of the question. At the same time, cuts and scrapes may also occur, depending on the backing material of the seats.

 

Injuries occur during landing because landing conditions are not always perfect. In some cases, rain, wind, or some other condition will force the pilot to set the plane down on the runway a lot more roughly than he or she would like. Landing is typically not a pleasant experience, regardless of the skill of the pilot. When the conditions or inexperience of the pilot forces a rough landing, it can be extremely painful.

 

When an injury occurs on an airplane, it is important to report it to the flight attendants as soon as possible. This will allow the person injured to fill out an injury report. This report should list the entire story of how the injury came about. If it was from tripping over a piece of baggage, that needs to be stated. A rough landing should also be reported and verified by someone else on the plane. Chances are good that if the landing is exceptionally rough, there will be more than one person who is complaining of neck pain.

 

After disembarking, anyone with neck or head pain should probably see a doctor. Most of the time things are not too serious but it is always better to take every precaution possible when talking about head and neck pain and injuries.

Racquetball Tips and the Rules of Racquetball

Racquetball can be played three different ways. Versions include Singles Play (between two players), Doubles Play (between two teams of two players), and Cut Throat, which involves three players. Tournament play usually involves either Singles or Doubles play. Regardless of the type of play, these are the basic Rules.

Play begins with the server standing in the serve zone and serving the ball to the opponent. To serve, the server must first bounce the ball and then strike it with the racquet. The ball is put into play after making contact with the Play Wall first and then passing into the rear half of the court. In it’s flight, the ball may strike one side wall, but no more. If it hits three surfaces including the ceiling or back wall before bouncing, the serve is not good (called one fault) and the ball is not in play. Also, a serve that does not carry beyond the Short Line of the Service Zone is also not good (fault). Additionally, the ball cannot hit a side wall, floor or ceiling before the Play Wall when attempting to serve. The server is given two opportunities to put the ball into play. If the server hits two faults in a row, the player returning serve takes over in the service zone and the original server assumes the return of a serve position.

To return serve, stand in the middle of the court (equal distance between each side wall) approximately one arm and racquets length away from the backwall. Return serve by striking the ball before the second bounce. The ball must travel to the Play Wall for it to be a good return of serve. The ball may hit ANY surface except the floor on the return as long as it hits the Play Wall before bouncing.

The Rally

Once the ball is in play, each player alternates hitting the ball until one misses the ball or hits an illegal shot. Players try to earn points or win the serve by putting an end to a rally. Often this is done when a player’s shot hits the front wall at its lowest point, causing the ball to roll out, rather than bounce back into the playing area (called a killshot or rollout). Points are also earned when rallies end with an error, or a “Skip Ball,” i.e. when the ball makes contact with the floor before reaching the Play Wall.

Once the ball is in play, the walls and ceiling can be used for shot variations. Points are scored when after serving the ball, the server wins the rally. If the player returning serve wins the rally, the result is a sideout, no points are scored for either player and the player who won the rally gets to serve. Whoever wins the rally always serves next. Matches are typically two games to 15 points and a tiebreaker to 11 if needed.

Hinders are stoppages of play, and result in the replay of the point. It is your responsibility to give your opponent enough room to hit the shot the way they want to hit. You must hive them a straight shot to the front wall as well as the angle, which would result in a crosscourt shot to the opposite back corner. Typical hinders are: A ball striking any part of the court, which results in an erratic rebound (fan vents, door knob, lights, etc.), Accidentally hitting opponent with the ball as it is heading toward the front wall, Unintentionally contacting opponent while attempting to make a play on the ball, Screening opponent’s view of the ball or having the ball pass between one’s legs. Basics to remember once you have started playing a game are: Only the server scores points, The ball can only bounce once, The ball must return to the front wall after being hit.

Some powerful tips for excellent racquetball play are Dominating center court will allow you to capitalize on every mistake your opponent makes. At center court you have maximum scoring options from effective shots and you can also cover your opponent’s best shots easier. However, there are times when you must relinquish center court. The rules state that you must always give up your position to give your opponent a fair chance to hit the ball. Also, Two of the best shots for enabling you to take control of center court are the ceiling ball and the pass or down the line shot. Both these defensive shots will require your opponent to move to back court to return the ball, thus allowing you to move to center court.