Welcome to part 2 of the "behind the scenes blogpost series"! I'm actually supposed to be working on a lot of school stuff right now... but I just couldn't resist to write this blogpost right now and seeing all the pictures makes me so happy and puts me in such a good mood!
So here we go... Freedom Beachwear "La Perla del Caribe" - day 3 & 4!
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And just in case you haven't seen the vlog of day 3 & 4 yet...
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DAY 3 - PLAYA RINCÓN/CAÑO FRÍO (CAMPING)
We pretty much spent day 3 & 4 entirely at Playa Rincón/Caño Frío. We camped here for 2 nights before heading to the Dominican Treehouse Village.
The prettiest view to wake up to after a night of camping.
This was the perfect camping spot! On one side you had the beach with the sea and on the other side you had very very cold (hence the name "Caño Frío", which basically translates to cold river) sweet water! This is sooo ideal for when you're camping, because camping on a beach can often leave you feeling sticky cause of the salt water. Having the sweet water just a few steps away was really nice! It was super cold, but it definitely wakes you up in one shot in the morning! Oh and check out that first pic ; Vivi even used the sweet water in the morning to wash the cabbage!
We spent the entire first day at Playa Rincón/Caño Frío exploring the mangroves and snorkeling around! The beach got super crowded during the day, since the DR was celebrating Fathers day on that day! Lots of kids & parents crowded up the beach (and later that day also lots of junk...☹).
Snorkeling through the mangroves in Caño Frío was such a unique experience!
First of all, it was cold as hell! The river didn't get any warmer, but your body did get used to it after a while. The stream was super strong so you could actually just float a long, it was so nice!
I have never seen water SO CLEAR! Ever!! At many points it was just deceiving how deep it actually was! Its so clear, it seemed like you could stand everywhere because you could just see the bottom so so clearly! But at many parts it was super deep and you really had to dive down to reach the bottom.
Also, once you're swimming in between the mangroves you were barely bothered my mosquitos. My only other experience with mangroves is on Aruba, and these are mega infested with mosquitos and are usually areas you want to avoid!
After snorkeling all day and resting a bit in our tents afterwards, Vivi helped me change into one of my fave sets from their new collection so that we could shoot around sunset.
When we were almost done shooting, these two boys rode by on their horse super fast. They turned their horse around a few meters further and came back a bit slower. They saw that Johnathan was holding a camera and they literally posed the horse and stood still for him. It was like something straight out of a movie! None of us even said anything, they just came to pose for the picture and then took off again.
Once the sun started setting, the sky transformed in a dreamy magical cotton candy sky! It was so surreal and this was definitely one of the many moments during the trip where I felt so incredibly grateful. Everyone was just doing their own thing, like cleaning up their tent or setting up the campfire. I took this moment to walk out to the shore and just listen to the waves crashing, taking in the view of the sunset and thinking about how lucky I was to be there and to experience all of this.
After the sun had completely set, we started our campfire on the beach. Vivi and the rest of the Freedom team have already camped at Playa Rincón quite a few times and have made a friend called Briley! Briley lives close to Playa Rincón and is around 9 years old. He comes every morning to fish his own food by the cliffs and his dogs "Cuero" and "Pantera" are always together with him!
A moment that really touched me was when I asked him how old he was. He told me he didn't know.
Briley doesn't go to school, but he is so incredibly sweet and he is so incredibly happy with the life he lives. He always had the biggest smile on his face and was so connected to nature and the animals around him. He was also very interested in some of the things we had with us, such as Johnathan's camera! Johnathan even taught him a bit how to work with his camera and at the end of the day it was hard to get the camera out of Briley's hands!
Meeting someone like Briley definitely makes you stop for a second and put your own life into perspective.
We had a very magical night. We danced around the campfire while Carolina and Briley made some music with the tambourine and drums, and ate some fruit and snacks before going to sleep. We watched the stars until late into the night and then headed to our tents.
DAY 4 – PLAYA RINCÓN/CAÑO FRÍO (CAMPING)
On day 4 (our second day of camping) we basically went straight from our tents to the mangroves! We had seen some spots here the day before that we thought would be beautiful to take some pictures at, so thats what we did!
After taking the pictures we all got in the water and swam and splashed around for the rest of the afternoon!
At the end of the afternoon we packed up our tents and all of our stuff and started heading towards the Dominican Treehouse Village where we would be spending the coming night.
After checking into the treehouse village & dropping off our stuff in our treehuts, we headed to the nearest beach (called El Valle, if im not mistaken!) and took the laptop with us to work on some of the pictures we had shot the past two days. What we basically did at the end of each day is go through all the pictures we shot that day and immediately make a rough selection of the pictures for that day. We decided to take in the last rays of sunlight and work at the beach during sunset.
While Johnathan, Vivi & David were working on the selection, I walked off once again towards the shore and just took a moment to myself. I dug my toes deeper into the sand and took a deep breath in, really smelling that fresh, salty ocean breeze and taking it all in once again. The picture on the right wasn't taken for anyone, but myself. Sometimes I just like to take pictures when I'm in a really really happy place, so that I can always look back at it and remember the way I felt in that moment. I am so grateful. And looking back at that one picture takes me back to that one exact moment on the beach.
Once the sun had completely set we headed back to the treehouse village! For dinner they had set up a buffet for all the guests in the big dining "hut". This adorable pup called Moca belongs to one of the owners (I think?) and just walks around the treehouse village! She is so freakin' adorable! But loves to bite absolutely everything (mostly our ankles).
And this brings us to the end of day 4! ☀ I hope that you guys enjoyed reading about our camping adventures at Playa Rincón and Caño Frío! I can't wait to tell you all about our last 2 days in the DR ??
Since the collection was released yesterday we have gotten so much love from so many of you, and we just wanted to say a million times thanks to everyone who has showed us their love and support for this look book! ♥ ♥ ♥
We wouldn't be doing what we do if it wasn't for your support and I can't thank you guys enough for all of this. I am so incredibly grateful that I get to share all of this with you and there's nothing I enjoy more than storytelling through pictures & blogposts! ✨✨✨
I will see you guys soon for the third and last part of the behind the scenes series!
So so so much love as always,