Dominican Essentials, part 1

"Sankys" are cute young men who prey on foreign women, tricking them into falling in love wtih them.

Decoding the Dominican Republic The Finger Wag This is one of the most valuable gestures I learned for dealing with Dominicans. If you are in public and a Dominican tries to shine your shoes or sell you something, just saying “no”, shaking your head, or walking away will not work. They will…

What Country Am I In?

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My life in the States is like many others who are middle-income and raising children. I wake up early to get my kids on the school bus. I work hard when they are in school. After school I juggle their activities, my remaining work and dinnertime. Bedtime finally comes and after I…

Déjà Vu

An example of an immigration officer conducting an interview.

Photo above: an example of an immigration officer conducting a visa interview. There are so many parallels between our first visa interview and this one, evoking an eerie feeling of déjà vu. It is as if the same situation is playing out but the elements have been changed around, almost like an…

Wet Night, Sunny Morn

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Last night we went out to meet the Tamil/Dominican couple we first got to know on my last visit. The power went out yesterday about noon and as of 7:00 it still had not returned. So we had to get ready in the dark, using the flashlight from Karan’s cell phone to…

The Waterbed

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Photo above: motorist navigating flooding streets in Santo Domingo. It has been raining since I have arrived in Santo Domingo, from the plane’s descent with the rain thundering down, streaking the windows, drenching the runway crew, to the writing of this post, the rain has been engaged in an ongoing assault of…