Exodus

Together at last

ex·o·dus — a going out; a departure or emigration, usually of a large number of people One week ago today we left the Dominican Republic for Florida. I had planned to write an update long before this, even on the day of travel, but there was no time.p For us, this trip…

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…

Vindication

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Above: Karan receiving the packet from the Consulate. In the Dominican Republic, progress is like trying to go up a slide that is covered in molasses. The amount of effort it takes it do small things is insane. People don’t keep appointments, answer their phones, the phones don’t work, the signal is…

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…

Redemption through Interrogation

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As many of you already know if you follow Amor y Sabor on Facebook, on Monday we had our long-awaited visa interview and it was approved. We are almost there. They only asked for a couple more documents which thankfully are not that hard to obtain: original of Karan’s police report from…