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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...

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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...

Bayahibe

Friday Roundup: A Seriously Good Belly Laugh & Beautiful Beach Pics

Daily life in the Dominican Republic is hardly as easy as daily life in New Jersey. It doesn’t have all of the “luxuries” and more dangers (aka driving) but it does have its benefits. Take, for example, this weekend. This weekend we’re going here: This is Bayahibe, a fishing town 10 miles east of La Romana. We are staying at an AirBnb in Cadaqués. Inspired and named after a town in Northern Spain, it is “the unique combination of daily...

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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,...

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SnapShots: Irresistible Vacationing at Playa Rincón

One of the best things about our life abroad in DR specifically* is a combination of two things. The first being that we have a pretty amazing group of friends that are like-minded in work, travel, and fun. The second being that we live in a place where the hashtag popularly used to describe it is “I live where you vacation”. I don’t often use the hashtag because, well, why rub it in? It goes without saying that people from all...

Bike Pub Crawl in Santo Domingo

Husband’s Bike Pub Crawl Birthday (with video)

Parties are my thang. If I had a superpower it would be all things party. I love going to parties, I love planning parties, and I love throwing parties. When Husband was boyfriend, he got the brunt of that superpower… and then we had kids. Correction – we had Santiago whose birthday falls two weeks before Beloved’s so for the last 2 years, Husband’s birthday has been crickets. I have planned nothing. This year, I vowed to change that; this year I would get back on the birthday roll… a birthday bike...

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Grupo Bonye in the Colonial Zone: The One Thing You Cannot Miss in Santo Domingo

Let me give you a little background here. When we first arrived to DR, our new friends, in finding out I was Cuban, beamed with excitement to tell me about the free music event on Sunday evenings in the Colonial Zone. Of course Husband and I wanted to go… but Sundays? For a teacher? Like Kryptonite to Superman. So for five years, we have attempted to go when we had a Monday off and for five years, for one reason or...