10 Things

Above: Colmado Bani, Ens. Ozama

10 Things I Like About the Dominican Republic

  1. Avocado season
  2. Mango season
  3. Fresh fruit and juice on the street corner
  4. Climate
  5. Colmados, especially Super Colmados — open 7 days a week from 7am – 11pm on average, colmados are like mini markets that deliver. Plus they offer seating if you just want to hang out, have a beer or even just chat.(how convenient is it to be cooking at 9:30 at night, realize you are out of eggs, for example, and be able to call the colmado and have it delivered or take a short walk to the corner and pick them up)
  6. Spontaneous dancing and singing in the most unusual locations like on the back of a truck carry bags of cement
  7. Life outside of the city and tourist areas: the simplicity of the campo
  8. People are generally happy, friendly and willingness to help in all manner of situations
  9. Frequent random acts of kindness and generosity

There are plenty of things that I don’t like which is a combination of culture and the fact that it is a third world country:

  1. Economic disparity
  2. Infrastructure: roads, parks, building in poor condition
  3. Trash problem
  4. Street animals
  5. Noise
  6. Pollution
  7. Corruption
  8. Innate reflex to never take responsibility for anything even if proof of wrongdoing is presented
  9. Culture of infidelity and cheating in other ways
  10. Machismo

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Eliza Alys Young, aka CreativEliza, is a free spirit, world traveler, creative expert, and part of multicultural family… Eliza shares her time between the US, Dominican Republic and beyond. When she is not caring for her high-energy kids, writing her poetry or for her blog, creating art or cooking up a storm, she is designing for her own company, Design Intense.

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