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SnapShots: Santo Domingo’s National Aquarium (Acuario Nacional)

I’ve come to understand – as best I can in six years – the delicate balance of the Dominican Republic. Natural, pristine beauty amidst littered streets. Tranquil beaches to feast your eyes upon with ear-piercing dembow as “background” music. Fresh fried fish ordered straight to your table in the sand with week old fish bones buried under your chair. The Acuario Nacional, the National Aquarium of Santo Domingo is no different. From the outside, you’d think there isn’t much to see, and...

SnapShots: A Multi-Generation Family Vacation

We often plan for family vacations but what about a multi-generation family vacation – a family vacation with not just your nuclear family but also your parents or in-laws? No. I’m not drunk or crazy talking. I’m serious. I know, I know. Planning a multi-generation family vacation could be tricky for many reasons: blending personalities, combining interests, limiting your thoughts of karate chops to the throat to once a day, and finding a place to go that works for kids, parents, and grandparents....

MicroAdventure: Bikes, Birds and Plaza España

Last weekend was a long weekend in the Dominican Republic to celebrate May Day.* Many of our friends went away but we opted to stay in Santo Domingo and chill out since (I’m not complaining, but…) we’ve done quite a bit of traveling and weekends away this year. A little staycation was exactly what we needed. We had a delicious bagel breakfast with friends, a yummy lox and mimosas brunch at home, watched movies, drank wine, and took a stroll around Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone,...

SnapShots: Parque de Luces, Santo Domingo

Any island can be a frustrating place to live, and DR is no exception. We have power – most of the time: sometimes it works minimally, sometimes it comes and goes as it pleases, and sometimes it completely shuts down and refuses to engage. Traffic lights, water, and customer service run just about the same way. But Brillante Navidad (Bright Christmas) or Parque de Luces, as it is popularly known (Park of Lights), is not that. Parque de Luces might be the absolute best thing this place does (besides the beaches and beer)....

The Art Class Down the Street

Last week both kids went to their first art class. Super close to the house – walking distance, in fact – and totally affordable, I left there excited about their new artful ways and also about the new phase they are heading into. This phase of discovery and experimenting where we begin to see what our kids emerge at and what they enjoy – beyond just the toys they choose to play with – is so exciting. They’re becoming real people – small, real...

DR Guide: Bagels & More

So, this happened yesterday… Ask any respectable New Jerseyan and they’ll tell you that bagels anywhere else are just circular dough discs with a whole in the center. Husband’s brother, who used to live in Texas, would buy a dozen bagels or so whenever he’d come back to visit and take them home to freeze. For Jerseyans, there is no comparison. (You can chalk that up to one of the other reasons people hate on New Jersey. Because, seriously, don’t bagels suck?...

The West Village Playground Food Tour

I understand people who wouldn’t want to live in New York City: tons of traffic, crowded streets, parking hassles, outrageous rent. But I don’t understand them nearly as well as I understand the people who do want to live in what I commonly refer to as “the best city in the world.” We are lucky to live near the best city in the world so our visits home twice a year always include various trips to Manhattan. The visits with...