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Apr 22, 2013 - Not just a tourist

¡Hola todos! I can hardly believe it, but today marks the start of my last week in the Dominican Republic. An incredibly bittersweet realization that I have still not quite gotten used to. But before I get into my thoughts about that, I’ll do a quick overview of the past two weekends (since I’ve clearly been slacking). Last weekend (April 12th- 14th) was a vacation weekend for us. And a much needed one, that’s for sure! We went to Rancho Baiguate in Jarabacoa, a cabin-y resort sort of place with the perfect mixture of relaxation with a...

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Oct 26, 2012 - A quick update

Will bring you up to date, hopefully this evening or tomorrow morning. We are currently sitting through a Major Tropical Storm (Hurricane Sandy in Jamaica) has done a real number on the TV and Internet connections. I've never seen so much rain in one day as we've just experienced. WOW. Thunder and Lightening like crazy. I will send this up date to let you know the storm is suppose to pass by end of today so we will hopefully have longer internet connection and bring you our stories from our Catalina Island day. (a rocky boat trip back due...

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Oct 22, 2012 - Casual and Restful fun days

A quick update to cover the last few days of relaxing, going out for dinners, appies, lunch and pool/beach time. SATURDAY: We spent a nice quiet day at the Condo Pool swimmng, tanning, reading and just plain relaxing. We ended our day at the new restaurant at the Palme Real Center.. RAGAZZI ITALIAN RESTAURANT just opened less than a month ago. Joanne and I had the most delicious Italian Dinner followed by a dessert to die for. (Crepe stuffed with Nutella with Ice Cream and drizzled with dark chocolate...mmmm served with Illycrema which is a...

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Oct 21, 2012 - A full day in Santo Domingo

THURSDAY: As we mentioned, this day was spent just plain relaxing at the pool, resting up for our early Santo Domingo departure tomorrow morning. A great day swimming, tanning, reading etc. etc. etc. FRIDAY: We met our tour group at the Melia Caribe at 6:30 am and headed out for our day in Santo Domingo. After a few hotel stops to pick up other couples, we drove out through the country side passing a number of Villages and lots of amazing scenery. Our first stop was at the Columbus Plaza in La Romona where we enjoyed a great cup of...

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Jan 1, 2012 - A Glorious Miscalculation

Prologue: Travel trouble on Curacao ‘This flight change is UNACCEPTABLE, please try and find another solution’, I had written to the Cheaptickets site where I had booked my flight from Bonaire via Curacao and Caracas to Havana. I don’t like very much to use capitals like this, but this time it seemed appropriate. Judge for...

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Jul 20, 2010 - No good deed goes unpunished

As I waited for my taxi, the raindrops pelted down upon the helpless ground and gathered into powerful currents of flowing amber. I escaped the humid Dominican air and took refuge in the yellow minibus as it pulled up. It was my final day in Samana and my second to last day in the Domincan Republic. The solemn driver drove without talking to me and I soon found myself examining in the fantasy I was living. Dollars, dates and city names swirled in my mind as I thought about the places I had been and the places I had yet to go. I closed my...

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Jul 17, 2010 - The high life

Sometimes you have to go big and that’s exactly what I did for lunch. Thanks to the digital pictures I took of some key pages in the Frommer’s guide to the Dominican Republic that I happened upon in a Cape Town bookstore, I had a couple tried and true suggestions for local area restaurants in Santo Domingo. My choice was a French place called La Residence. Believe the hype, this place was the bomb. Last night’s “best meal I had eaten in the Dominican Republic,” was all but forgotten midway through my four course feast. The first thing they...

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Jul 16, 2010 - I can't dance, I can't sing

It’s kind of nice to be in a place long enough to get into some sort routine. It may be a less glorified one than I’m used to, but still. I awoke this morning with a hunger in my belly and the knowledge that fresh fruit awaited me upstairs whenever I completed the three S’s. I am only on day 2 in Santo Domingo but I already feel like I live here. I know where the supermarket is, the Conde marketplace, and most of the famous landmarks. I think I could even find my way back to the hostel if I got lost. Only time will tell on that...

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Jul 15, 2010 - Tour de Santo Domingo

Despite having a dream about some kung fu guy attacking me in the shower, I slept pretty soundly. I awoke to the familiar sound of the escalating alarm bells on my phone and then slowly made it to my feet. The room was cool from the magnificently functioning air conditioner and I looked upon my quarters with a great fondness. I took a stroll downstairs and ran into the woman who does the laundry. I asked if I could give her my dirty clothes and after receiving a “Si, por favor” and a smile I unloaded some of the worst smelling laundry...

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Jul 14, 2010 - Santo Domingo bound

For the first time in my travels, I am truly alone. I have felt a wide spectrum of emotions in the last 4 hours. Sadness, helplessness, excitement, fear - but here I am, alive and well. And that’s saying something when you’re alone in the Dominican Republic. My new digs? A $30/night hostel with AC and wireless in the heart of Santo Domingo’s Zona Colonial. I am slightly uncomfortable, but in a good way. It all started like this. . . “Helma. . . I think it’s 9:15am” These were the first words that came out of my mouth after checking 3...

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Jul 8, 2010 - The real deal

Estoy en la Republica Dominica ahora. The pick up today with Alberto went smoothly though I did arrive an hour and a half late thanks to JetBlue initially booking 4 of the 34 kids on the flight in the emergency exit rows. Alberto had forgotten my name from our phone call but luckily remembered that I had told him I was going to be the white dude dressed all in white. As it turned out, just being the white dude would have probably sufficed. My first impression of the Dominican Republic was that it was the real deal. I wanted an authentic...

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Jan 2, 2009 - Dozin´ in the Dominican

(To see these photos up close, run your mouse over the bottom left corner of the slideshow and click on Dominican Republic....

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