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…

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

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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…