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SnapShots // La Catrina Festival in Guanajuato & Falling in Love

  Fresh off the heels of Halloween, we made our way to La Catrina Festival in Guanajuato this last weekend. Four days. Everything Catrina. Who is Catrina, you might ask? Well, along with tequila and Mariachi, La Catrina is Mexican cultures’ most recognizable icon; she’s a big deal here and going to the festival felt a bit like being injected straight into the vein of Mexico.   And no one internalized it more than Daughter. The first event on Saturday didn’t...

Dominican Art and Date Night in the Colonial Zone

Last night was date night and, in spite of traffic and crummy weather,  we took it to the Colonial Zone for a Dominican Art exhibit that we heard was happening at Galería Toledo. We had an idea of where the gallery was located but we needed to do a little searching. I asked the doorman who stood outside of the Nicolas De Ovande Hotel, “Oh La Casa de Betty?” He asked. I repeated the gallery’s name, “Galeria Toledo.” Apparently we were...

Coffee Talks: Blaze Like a Motherf*#cker and Be Yourself

I took both my kids to the salon with me the other day. It wasn’t the best decision I’ve ever made but I also had big hair in the 80’s so I think we could all agree that occasionally I make some poor choices. But I’m not here to tell a cautionary tale of why you should never bring two toddlers to a salon for the reason you think. The story I’m here to tell is the one of my son...

Talking Without Words: Dominican Nonverbal Expressions You Have to Know

I am a girl of many expressions. Husband isn’t the first to tell me that my “face says it all.” My facial expressions could tell a story before the story is told and the rest of my body follows suit. That’s the legacy of a latino; we speak with our whole body. Dominicans are no exception. Like most latinos, they speak with their hands but there are two very Dominican nonverbal expressions that are vital to life here (complete with gif examples)....

A Non-Webster’s Dictionary of Dominican Words

People assumed when we moved to the Dominican Republic that language would be easy for me since my family is Cuban and I spoke Spanish well. I called for a taxi once and could not understand a thing he was saying to me. He hung up on me. So, yeah, it was easier, maybe, but definitely not easy. Dominicans have a Spanish all their own. DOMINICAN WORDS YOU MUST KNOW Que lo que (sounds like one word and pronounced keh-lo-keh...

Notes from a Local Scene: An Ashram Grows in Santo Domingo

It’s almost impossible these days to plan on a whim. A last minute call from a kidless friend to “do dinner” is the evergreen reminder that we are no longer our single selves. It’s fine, of course, but always a bummer to say, “Sorry. We can’t tonight.” So the other day, when I received a last minute call from a friend wondering if Husband and I wanted to join them for Indian food at Jeeva restaurant and ashram she had recently...

DR Guide: At the MercaSantoDomingo

  (Located on Autopista Duarte, La Guayiga. For directions, see google map at bottom.) As a mother I’m all about routine but as an individual, I’ll be the first to admit that after a while, the same thing gets tired and boring. If you ate peanut butter and jelly every day, you’d get tired of it, right? If you drank wine every day – whoops – no, not that one – that one doesn’t work there. Change is the seasoning of...

This Dominican Dictionary is la Vaina!

Quick Link: Dominican Dictionary Today I’m writing over at the fabulous Women Who Live on Rocks about the DOMINICAN DICTIONARY Since any place you visit will have its own cultural dictionary, I decided to school you on the terms you MUST know if visiting this funny, charismatic rock, words that when I got there threw me for a what-did-you-say loop. This is serious business (which is why it is bolded and in large, pink print) because without these terms you will be super...