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Open Your Heart

Have you ever seen a toddler run over to a complete stranger and hug them? It’s quite common actually because a child’s heart is open — it feels the beauty or the pain in others and is too young to sensor these feelings, so, without warning, may feel compelled to embrace a…

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The Appetite of the Everglades

Last weekend we took an airboat tour through the Everglades. The trip was a belated birthday present for my son. I have decided I’d rather give experiences instead of stuff — we have enough stuff. The tour was at Everglades Safari Park which is just one of many places that offer this…

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The Whites of Their Eyes

Above: Photo © David X Young My father was an artist, as as such, felt that his sheer talent should merit him benefits. He took his art very seriously so he was not afraid of hard work as it related to his craft, but the idea of working a “straight” job was…

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Dosai Masala, Indian Comfort Food

Pronounced “dough-sigh” This is one of my favorite meals, a true comfort food. It is not hard to make, just takes planning to soak ahead. Dosai Masala, Indian Comfort Food Prep time 26 hours Cook time 40 mins Total time 26 hours 40 mins   Lentil Rice Pankcakes with Potato Curry Author:…

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Miami Does It Different

I moved to Miami 2 1/2 months ago and I’m still settling in. In many ways I still don’t feel like I’m really here. Mostly this is because I am only just starting to connect with the community. I have been working freelance (graphic design) in Fort Lauderdale. The office is small,…

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The Expat Persona

Recently, I was contacted by HiFX and asked to contribute to their expat tip campaign. Even though technically, I am no longer an expat, I still feel like one and it caused me to think about what exactly is the “expat persona”, ie., what are the qualities in a person that cause…

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Food as an Expression of Love

The 14th was Valentine’s Day, when lovers old and new celebrated their love. Many celebrations included a special meal prepared by one lover for another. As an avid home cook, I subscribe to numerous cooking magazines and each one featured sumptuous recipes to woo with on Valentine’s Day. (I, on the other…

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Karmic Return

Above: A picture of Karan’s mother when she got married. Her stern look has always frightened me. After a stressful summer I thought I had put all the drama in India behind us. This past week we learned that was not the case. Karma, is a concept that originated in India and…

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5 Healthful Ways to Stretch Your Food Budget

Times are tough for many and food often is one of the higher costs in ones budget. So it is to be expected when one needs to economize, the food budget is the easiest ones to adjust. Only problem is that how most people stretch their budget is by buying poorer quality,…

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The Teetering Stove

I recently had an experience here in Miami that reminded me so much of my life in the Dominican Republic that I simply have to share. As I have written about in previous posts, moving to Miami has been an adventure for many reasons but one in particular is that the house…

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Coconut Crazy

Above: Coconut tree in my backyard from which we have harvested fresh coconut. I have to remind myself daily that I’m not living in the Caribbean because so much of my life now in North Miami echos back to when I lived in Santo Domingo. Sure, the infrastructure is way better —…

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Driving while Blindfolded

The holidays are happily behind us. It is not that I dislike the holidays. I enjoy them a great deal normally, but they are a frustrating delay when one has just moved and is in need of making money quickly. Everything gets put off until after the holidays — “Let’s just talk…

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Miami Me Mueve

Above: Photo by my son Marcos It has been over 3 weeks since my last post. It feels like 3 years. So much has happened. We did it, we finally did it. We embarked on our latest adventure, our long-time dream, to move to Miami and now in many ways it feels…

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The English Student

Above: Karan’s notebook with his vocabulary words with Tamil translation written in its alphabet. It has been 2.5 months since Karan triumphantly returned from India, after so much stress and drama. We had hoped to move quickly down to Miami and begin the new chapter of our life together. Alas, Father Time…

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Upside Down & Backwards — Lessons Learned from the Third World

Above: Decorative gate in the Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo. Living in the Third World taught me so much, it shaped me into the woman I am today. I have mentioned numerous times in posts before that I believe every one living in the Developed World should spend at least 3 months living…

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InterNations, Connecting Global Minds

Recently, Amor y Sabor was added to the InterNations community of expatriate blogs for the Dominican Republic. If you are not familiar with InterNations, I encourage you to become so, especially if you are interested in other cultures, and as a reader of this blog it is safe to say you are….