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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...

SnapShots: Juan Dolio at Sunset

There aren’t too many things more beautiful than sunsets in the Caribbean or sunsets in general. Nature has a way of outshining all of us with tremendous ease. On this particular evening in Juan Dolio at Sunset, I said to my mom, “I don’t even have to try. Every picture I take is perfection.” So here’s a photography tip: if you’re looking for a fabulous family portrait or a magical photograph to frame and complete a bare wall in your home...

MicroAdventure: Exploring Juan Dolio

For as long as I’ve been abroad, I’ve counted down the days until my parents were both retired from work and responsibilities so they could join us in the Dominican Republic for a few months. This was the year. On January 17th, 3 days before my birthday, my parents’ plane touched down in Santo Domingo. They stayed with us for 3 weeks before moving into their digs at the beach in Juan Dolio for the next month. It was the perfect choice for us since JD is...

My Man Cave… of Wine

The other night as I gazed adoringly at Mila’s new wall to wall wine room, Ana dropped this epiphany bomb on me: this is your man cave. A beautiful, swanky room with 1000 or so bottles of wine? Indeed a wine cave was my man cave. I have long since understood the importance of having a personal retreat, a quiet place to escape for a moment and just be. Usually, for me, this is my bedroom. After a day away from home, I...

Visiting Aldeas Infantiles Orphanage: Finding Real Christmas Spirit

Husband and I have known since year one in DR that we wanted to take our kids to the yearly Aldeas Infantiles orphanage Christmas visit organized by the middle school National Junior Honor Society. It became even more possible, last year, when Husband became the advisor for NJHS* and actually do-able this year, now that our kids were older. Find more information about Aldeas Infantiles SOS.*      Pulling into the orphanage for a Christmas visit would have been special enough. Some...

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: 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...

7 Reasons It’s Good to Be Back in the Dominican Republic

After 3 months (the longest stretch I have been home to NJ since moving) of living the gypsy life, which Husband and I have come to know as our summers home, I have finally returned to our abroad home in Santo Domingo… and it feels goooooood. Usually after 6-8 weeks in the summer, there is an enveloping sadness when I leave for my island life but there was something about an extra 4 weeks in the Garden State that moved me from...

A Riddle, a Gem, a Best Friend

Here’s a riddle… What do all cities have that most tourists know nothing about?  Hidden gems.  Born and raised here until she was 5, my best friend, Laura, was the first person I called when we got this job. “You’ll never guess where we’re going.”“Dominican Republic.”  Oh, so she guessed it. She is my best friend after all.  A few weeks ago, we were talking about her upcoming trip to Dominican Republic. She is coming for a wedding and decided...