DR TRAVELOGUE | PART 2 | THE PLANE RIDE CONTINUES
You can take a Dominican out of the DR but you can’t take the DR out of a Dominican. By Led Black
When the flight attendant asks the gathered throngs to board the plane in an orderly manner, that’s when all hell breaks loose. All norms of civilized behavior go out the window and everybody rushes the plane likes it’s the last yola out of Haiti. The AA personnel that interact with Dominicans deserve a Nobel Peace prize for dealing with our non-organized asses without having nervous breakdowns. We work those poor people to death.
You would think that once everyone was on board and the plane takes off, that everything would be smooth. Wrong! Dominicans do the exact opposite of what the flight attendants ask them to do. Please be seated, means to us please walk around the aisles of the plane like its 181st street. All the damn kids are running around the plane like its Chucky Cheese. I can still hear a way too-young grandmother calling her way too-energized granddaughter; “Hennessey ben aqui”, “Hennessey deja eso”, “Hennessey por favor”.
American Airlines gets it revenge on us with the horrible food they serve on the flight. For our eating displeasure, AA serves us a nasty little omelet with some kind of cheese and veggies in the middle and an extra, extra mini bagel with fake butter. On top of that, they also bust down 1 coke can between like 10 little cups – all ice and almost no soda. As I’m contemplating eating this whatchamacallit, the lady next to me pulls out of her purse a piping hot container with salchichon and mangu that fills the entire cabin with the delectable smell of mashed plantains and Dominican salami. Everyone on board, including me, is looking at the lady like she just might get jacked for her grub.
All my frustrations and anxiety are temporarily gone when I catch a glimpse of the DR through the window. One thing about Dominicans is that we LOVE our country. I felt like singing a Fernandito song, “Quisqueya la bella de mis amores”. Once the plane finally lands on Dominican soil everyone starts spontaneously clapping like we weren’t really sure we would make it. At last we’re here and it’s on to customs. Great!!! Stay tuned.