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    Default Looking for a local family to take us in on Semana Santa

    Okay okay...this may not be PC---but wouldn't it be really cool to see how others spend Easter? We will be in
    Bavaro from April 3rd-13th and would love---that first weekend to experience some real traditional Semana Santa familia's celebrating.

    Do they beat their wives? Maybe the wives beat the husbands? Do the kids really eat the sweet beans? Or do they feed them to the dog.....
    Im kidding of course....just wanted to experience a real Dominican holiday...Im sure it is beautiful and peaceful and has lots of food involved..

    Any suggestions?

    If a family will adopt us, we will help cook and clean (we have our own place...we don't need to stay with you) haha...Im being serious here people......serious......I can bring some American traditions to add to the day....
    (egg hiding with $$ in it for the kids and hide the cervezas for the adults.....that's what we do. Keepin it classy....

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    Good luck. Middle and upper class Doms have no interest in sharing their space with gringo tourists. The rest of them live in hovels that your local planning dept. would condemn in an instant to erect a plastic play structure. Semi solid walls, with a few corrugated iron sheets that constitute a roof. Locals already have an extended family on site and any extra room is taken up by livestock they wish to protect at night.

    The cultural experience you are seeking is not readily available here. Anyone offering such will be a part of the "tourist industry" and will expect to be paid for their time and effort. If you don't live here you and your family will probably get sick from the water used to wash the glasses or the plates.

    As you have or will read on DR1, there is a distinct difference in general attitude here. Many do not share our values because they can only dream of being in a situation to do so. Many times, short term gains trump any thought of repercussions or the interests and the welfare of others. It is unwise to assume that someone you do not know will be inclined to be hospitable and of honorable intent. Getting into a situation where you give up all control is a recipe for disaster.

    There are lots of good people here, you just can't find them on the internet because they don't have a website. You must always remember that the DR is an "upper" third world country. It's citizens are not like the people in the state/province next door. I don't think you would seek out a random family to share Easter with in Camden New Jersey, you should not have the inclination to attempt the same here.

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    Lots of drinking, including babies, some food, loud music and loud taking, it's nothing exciting trust me!
    Just enjoy your vacation this is not something that would be wise to look into when here for such a short amount of time, not knowing anyone.

    Edit: Well if you really want to do this come to my barrio and I will throw you in with some families lol. I live on the NC.

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    come on. would the Flodders welcome a DR Tourist Family to their home, and for a Holiday like Easter Weekend, complete strangers? would you do such by looking on the internet for foreigners to visit your home over easter weekend for free to learn about your country's culture?
    i don't think such would be part of dominican or american culture.
    to meet dominican people on part of their easter celebrations, as a foreigner, visit one of the public beaches where people gather all easter week long, hide some beers and $$$ there and you sure will find some new friends to share, lol.

    Mike

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    CdnGringo, this is one of the best posts I've read. Deserves "Hillbilly's rules for dating a Dominican" status.

    And I have learned a new phrase...upper third world. A accurate description.

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    What they said

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    before the beach changed at Playa Grande, families came and pitched tents on the beach for the weekend - or longer.

    BBQ's , music, Bano in bosque......

    as mentioned - just hit the beach, you'll be in the middle of it

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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    before the beach changed at Playa Grande, families came and pitched tents on the beach for the weekend - or longer.

    BBQ's , music, Bano in bosque......

    as mentioned - just hit the beach, you'll be in the middle of it
    Websta, don't you have an extra three bedroom Pool House?

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    HA! I'm adopting a Dominican Family for Samana Santa! My gardener/maintenance man/gringo tax advisor/drinking buddy is bringing the kids and wife. He says we are familia now! (Now that we are family, does that mean he will steal more from me, or less?)

    Anywho, in exchange for my hospitality I get an entire bucket of his wife's habichuelas con dulce! Yum...

    To OP: Just walk into the Campo with a couple thousand pesos, you'll have plenty of fren's to celebrate DR style with.

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    Get drunk and wrap your car around a tree, you will have the authentic Dominican Semana experience.
    I head to Miami that week.

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