Magic is described as an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause. A coincidence, on one other hand, is just a striking occurrence of several events at once apparently by mere chance.
How are you aware if a miracle has occurred in your lifetime, and it wasn’t “one lucky day!” which favors the fortunate? Let me explain what happened in early April 2009, and perhaps you will understand just why I’m convinced that a miracle occurred in the’wink of an eye.’
I was driving on a highway in the Dominican Republic at around nine in the evening. My boss, his business partner and I were going from the town of Santiago to Puerto Plata. When it is not raining, I will make the drive in one hour and a half at most. On this specific night there clearly was a consistent drizzle, and the windshield wipers on our rental car were worn-out and ineffective.
The absolute most exciting part of planing a trip to the Dominican Republic is the folks, and the current weather is fabulous-when it is not raining, that is! There’s a consistent breeze from the ocean which permeates the entire island with the fragrance of exotic plants, ripe fruits, and flowers completely bloom. Individuals are friendly and very cooperative.
We had spent the entire day in Santo Domingo, and we were on our way home. I stopped in Santiago for gas and coffee. I was ready for another leg of driving, and night had set in. When you’re on the open highway, visibility is minimal. If your rental car has poor headlights and worn-out windshield wipers, like ours had, you can get into serious trouble. Because the start of the long drive from Santo Domingo earlier at night, I also had to keep tight control of the car for it had a tendency to veer to the left-meaning, the car was also out of alignment to add to my misery.
The key highways in the Dominican Republic are quite ample, and with at the very least two lanes one of the ways, and two going one other way with plenty of mid-center guard protection. One great asset to throw-in could be the wide shoulders on both sides of the street for emergencies. However, this is actually the biggest and most dangerous factor to take into account when driving in the Dominican Republic: many cars and motorcycles drive through the night with minimal or no lights at all. These vehicles are very old and worn-out that they only haven’t any lights left to turn on. But there they are going at fifteen to twenty miles one hour and on the fast lane, nonetheless, and at all hours of the day and night acim on youtube. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the driver with a good vehicle and a significant pair of headlights to prevent crashing into them, or very possible get everyone hurt in the process.
When I go to the Dominican Republic, I help a buddy of mine with the repairs of his cargo ship that has been there since last October. I drive cautiously considering all of the obstacles which could come up on you suddenly, e.g., stray animals, people crossing the highway, slow cars and motorcycles, bicycles, huge potholes, and more. On this specific evening, I was tired and exhausted from driving all over Santo Domingo looking for repair parts for the ship, and the countless conversations I had to translate from Spanish to English, and back once again to Spanish for my friend and his business partner that are owners of the cargo ship.
What happened this night, I will remember! Driving on a four-lane part of highway between Santiago and Puerto Plata, and only a few miles out from the city, I kept my lights high for better visibility. Each time a car came on the contrary lanes, I would drop the lights. After a couple of minutes of raising and dropping the lights I just left the lights in the reduced position. I maintained the lights like that for around ten minutes, and I was driving on what we call’the fast lane’- this is the lane closest to the median. At least in the U.S. we call it that, however in the Dominican Republic it is the lane that anyone can use, and at any speed they wish to go day and night. Apparently, there’s a distinction between fast and slow lanes there, but if you have, probably nobody really cares, as was the case this evening.