The Whites of Their Eyes

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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…

The Expat Persona

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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…

Dominican Essentials, part 2

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Dominican Words or Phrase Worth Learning This is a list of words or phrases that are commonly used in the Dominican Republic. This is by no means a complete list nor meant to be a Spanish dictionary but just some that I have found useful living here. I will add to this…

Administrative Review

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This week has been an emotional roller coaster. Since our visa interview on October 29th where we were told our visa was approved pending the submission of three documents, our entire focus has been getting those documents. One document, the police report from the Dominican Republic was delayed two weeks. It was…

Yes But No

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Photo credit above. Sometimes I write because I have ideas I want to share. Other times I write to stay sane. This post falls in the second category. I have now been in the Dominican Republic for 3 weeks and 2 days. The pressure to return is increasing by the minute. Clients…