Recent content by sjh

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    Cultural Differences!

    What people forget is that this is a very different culture. They/We come in and try to interpret local behaviours from our set of cultural ideas. This just doesnt work! Here are some basic differences: Many dominican men are polygamous. Some men have 3 or more women with kids who they...
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    Cultural Differences!

    What people forget is that this is a very different culture. They/We come in and try to interpret local behaviours from our set of cultural ideas. This just doesnt work! Here are some basic differences: Many dominican men are polygamous. Some men have 3 or more women with kids who they...
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    Creepy Crawlies

    I recently received the following private message and thought i would go ahead and answer it publicly: <QUOTE> triple wide aluminum sliding glass door - if you leave doors open, are you not inviting tarantulas, centipedes, and snakes in? I've now read there are also black widow spiders there...
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    vanilla plantation

    I would like to visit a vanilla plantation. Does anyone know of one? thanks Stephen
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    I have returned!!

    i am back good to see everyone again!
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    Biogas & fuel grade alchol

    Does anybody in country have experience with either of these two technologies?
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    I got mail!

    I actually got a letter delivered to the house from the United States via the Dominican Postal Service.. US postmark: October 15th.... Todays date: November 20th It was opened and taped closed again by someone but it actually got here.
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    DOP vs USD

    I hear the peso is trading at 28 on the street in the capital. Can anyone confirm this?
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    live from the DR

    Hey folks, I am here in the DR at last after years of planning and waiting. I am still getting used to my new life but I am very happy so far. I spend most of my time getting my farm up and running. Things i miss? hot water and a DSL connection... Things I like? everything else...
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    legal rights to river and streams

    How are water rights handled in the DR? In the theoretical case of a water way passing through a property, does the water belong to the property owner? What about mineral rights? fish or shrimp? Can I sell these rights? can I dam the waterway or divert it to agriculture? Are these...
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    geographically ignorant americans

    The last 3 Americans, all adults, all with college degrees, I spoke to about the Dominican Republic thought it was in the south pacific. Granted the DR isnt exactly a hub of world wide commerce but this is really sad...
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    Definition of "Bottella" (Bottle)

    There is a unit of measure used in the DR called a "Bottella". I might have the spelling wrong. As I know it, it is used as a measure of volume for milk. Does someone have a conversion factor for this in gallons or some other more common unit? thanks...
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    Shipping Household Goods

    I am in the process of shipping my household goods to the DR. I would like to have the benifits of other peoples experience. We are using a door to door shipping company (Pto Plata Embarque) and they expect us to pay the entire bill up front. It seems to me as if they will have no economic...
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    Business Idea

    Armored Car cash pick up/delivery service I have noticed a opportunity for a business in the DR. I personally have no interest in doing this business so I thought I would throw it up here. I have many friends and relatives who operate various cash businesses in the DR (colmodos, tiendas...
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    electric fencing

    Are there suppliers for electric farm fencing in the DR? I have never seen them used in my area....