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30 Mexican Instagram Shots That Have Me Stoked about Mexico

We are in the midst of Dominican Heritage month here in DR, but for obvious reasons, I have Mexico on the mind. I’ve exchanged emails with another Jen in Guadalajara, asking questions and trying to build – as best I could – an understanding of what we’re getting ourselves into. I’ve searched around for blogs based in Mexico to get a feel for what life will be like there. And Instagram has me bubbling with anticipation. I searched hashtags like #culturamexicana...

National Aquarium Santo Domingo Dominican Republic

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...

Dock-Jumping-Cadaques-Bayahibe

SnapShots: Weekend Getaway at Cadaqués Caribe Resort

As promised last week (and then reminded by a Facebook friend), I’m reporting back with the scoop on our family weekend at Cadaqués Caribe Resort & Villas in Bayahibe, Dominican Republic. With online promises of mediterranean life meeting relaxed island vibes, I was thrilled to check this place out but wary. Was this place too good to be true? Swim the Caribbean and stroll Europe? Sand between my toes and cobblestone streets? Was this place really going to be able to deliver? Well, as you probably guessed,...

our 16 favorite Instagram pictures from summer

The Best Of: Our 16 Favorite Instagram Pictures from Summer

The life of an expat teacher returning to school can be pretty exciting. We meet the influx of new community members and melt into the embraces of the familiar friends we left in June. Bright eyed and bushy tailed, everyone is well rested and curious about each others’ summer break and thanks to Drinking the Whole Bottle’s growing Instagram gallery, many people followed along with us on ours. “I loved following all of your family’s adventures this summer,” a few have...

Multi-Generation Family Vacation

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....

van life accounts on Instagram

Van Life Accounts on Instagram That Have Me Drooling

If you have spoken to me anytime in the last few months, I have most likely howled something about #vanlife at least once in a conversation. I’m obsessed and crushing hard like a school girl. I even have my dream van picked out and have begun the visualization* process. I’ve also been following these van life accounts on Instagram which have me drooling with possibility and planning for our van future. I’m aware that van life isn’t as Instragrammable as it looks....

Gatsby

How to Throw a Great Gatsby Themed Party Like Gatsby Himself

A while back, a friend and I talked about what our 1920’s names would be if we had been born in that decade. I’m sure it was a wine or beer infused conversation but I went to sleep that night as “Rubygail” and woke up knowing I couldn’t just leave it at that. I began mind-planning. I was going to  throw a Great Gatsby themed party – a roaring 20’s bash of time – and live out my inner flapper girl, Rubygail. As my 36th...

a stroll around Plaza España

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,...