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DR Pros and Cons: Another Day at the Park

There are many pros and cons to living in Dominican Republic. Here are the ones I’ve come up with so far: CON: you miss people like crazy. Especially now with a baby, I wish my parents could see her more, I wish my sister could know her niece, I wish BF could know her daughter-in-law (hehe!) PRO: Though I hate missing the actual people sometimes I can’t help but feel relieved that I don’t have to go to all of the...

My Total Truths: #4 Decisions Can Always be Changed

My Total Truths is a series based on a list of things that I know to be true and have served me as mini-life lessons. # 4 – Decisions can be hard, but they are necessary. My family back for New Jersey after 5 weeks in Santo Domingo almost a week ago and the mere thought of it breaks me down to a Hurricane Irene level cry-storm. I was lucky enough to have my mom with me for so long (2 weeks where...

An American is Born

So at 6 am today, after a night of little-no sleep, Mike woke me up to drive to a busy, smoky AF, polluted one-way street where people turn in both directions. Where am I? Oh yeah, on my way to the US Consulate Office. I would be lying if I said that the sight of the American flag send a huge sigh of relief through my body. I felt, for a brief moment, that I was home. We took the...

Halloween at Carol Morgan

Here’s a glimpse of Carol Morgan School’s grounds on a normal day. In what seems to be Dominican fashion (go BIGGER than Texas), this is what Carol Morgan looks like for Halloween: While in the US, the teachers are responsible for not just teaching, but grading, planning, conferencing, copying, advising, and in many cases, parenting (all during their lunch hour), they are also responsible for decorating their classrooms and bulletin boards (also to be done during their lunch hour). Here,...

Welcome to Drinking the Whole Bottle!

I used to wonder what it would be like to be married or to be a mom. I would often think about traveling to places far beyond the confines of my childhood neighborhood in New Jersey. I never wondered what it would be like to have all of these things at once. In the span of 10 months I became pregnant (January), engaged (February), unemployed (April) by choice), married (July), and an expatriate living in a foreign country (August). It has Tilt-A-Whirl-ish...