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…

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…

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…

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 —…

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…