Category Archives: Santo Domingo

Hansel and Gretel in Parque Iberoamérica

Gingerbread house

On weekends throughout December a professional company performs the Christmas operetta Hansel and Gretel in Parque Iberoamérica outdoor amphitheater. We happened on the opening night, which was a free performance and enthusiastically attended by families who brought their children. Initially the stage was bare, with a suggestion of forest. When the expected curtain time was substantially delayed, […]

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Making Christmas Music with People Large and Small

My celebration of the holiday season has always involved making Christmas music with people large and small. Happily, my life in Santo Domingo continues the pattern of making special music in honor of the Christ Child. The producer of a musical group who play bells and chimes, Nuria Martinez, asked me to provide keyboard accompaniment […]

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Columbus Lighthouse Is Not a Lighthouse

Outside Columbus Lighthouse

The Columbus Lighthouse is not a lighthouse in the accustomed sense of the term. Because the monument is named Faro a Colon, I had assumed it would be an actual beacon for sea-going vessels located on a rocky outcropping on the shoreline. Not so. The building is located inland, has nothing to do with the […]

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Where to Get What and How Much to Pay

Upscale Santo Domingo mall

After a few months in a new country even the most shopping-adverse visitor has to figure out where to get what and how much to pay. It’s all part of a gigantic puzzle. How I wish every country on the planet had a master-key along with route maps to hand out to visitors at the […]

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Dominican Baseball at Quisqueya Stadium

Tigres vs Liones ticket

The season opener for Dominican baseball at Quisqueya Stadium had it all. Action, fans, color, music, non-stop noise, and the best empanadas in town. The music grew louder as we walked from the parking lot to the SW front of the stadium. By the time we reached the security guards, who briefly searched bags, the […]

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Discovering Local Cuisine in the Dominican Republic

Chimi with bacon and cheese

Discovering local cuisine in the Dominican Republic is an ongoing adventure. We began with the obvious, the cafeterias attached to grocery stores such as Nacional and La Sirena. Frequented by store employees, customers, and local business people, we reasoned that the food had to be typical. That’s where we met la bandera (meaning “the flag”), the nickname […]

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On the Way to El Parque de Tres Ojos

Los Tres Ojos

When you make a wrong turn on the way to El Parque de Tres Ojos, when you are completely and abysmally disoriented, and when you’ve had Google Maps reroute you so many times that even the computer is confused–that’s when you’re “Getting to know your town!” I hate to admit how commonly it happens, but […]

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Driving the Streets of Santo Domingo

grill work

While driving the streets of Santo Domingo constitutes a very small part of our week, it’s still the part that gets a lot of attention because it’s the part with greatest hazard. First of all, it’s a two-person operation. I drive the car, dodging potholes and other vehicles. My friend navigates with the GPS system […]

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Paradigm Shift in Understanding Santo Domingo

This week I’ve experienced something of a paradigm shift in understanding Santo Domingo. The old paradigm from the first six weeks in the country seems limited now, but it came about quite naturally based on the first people we met. This included lethargic doormen, stern security guards, craaaazy drivers, and a long line of clerks […]

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Stand-off in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo

Tile street plaque - Calle Mercedes

Please know that this account of our stand-off in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo is being written with the most good-natured and accommodating smile on my face. We began our drive in sunshine; we reached the Colonial Zone in a tropical downpour. The kind where so much rain falls so fast that it feels […]

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