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  1. I live with a Hatian Family in Fort Lauderdale as...

    I live with a Hatian Family in Fort Lauderdale as I was hoping to pick up the language (hopeless). It seems almost universal that Hatians have a love/hate relationship going with their former...
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    Glad your adventuresome. It's not just the DR as...

    Glad your adventuresome. It's not just the DR as people will just come out and make outrageous requests which definitely violate normal and customary boundaries for North Americans and Europeans. ...
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    Meanwhile, the Puerto Plata Malecon is rocking. ...

    Meanwhile, the Puerto Plata Malecon is rocking. Lots of gringos/gringas out last night.
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    I completely agree with that. I'd also give...

    I completely agree with that.

    I'd also give a free hand to the tourists police (Politur?) for putting unsavory tourists on a flight home if only for their own safety.
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    Turns out that I've met this woman. She lived...

    Turns out that I've met this woman. She lived with her sister and children close to the Profeta colmado https://goo.gl/maps/YnLHfBpw1jw . It's definitely dangerous work.
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    Cubano, my friend. I love it too. :)

    Cubano, my friend. I love it too. :)
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    He really pulled it together.

    He really pulled it together.
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    Question: some of you, earlier, had a reaction...

    Question: some of you, earlier, had a reaction that "murder of prostitute" --> "crack down on prostitutes" like it was a natural, almost axiomatic, foregone conclusion. I'm definitely missing...
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    I doubt they get much training other than on the...

    I doubt they get much training other than on the job. It's probably a case of the most dangerous words ever spoken: "we've always done it this way".

    And, I've yet to see a pair of handcuffs...
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    Another one bites the dust

    So, I wrote about this guy earlier. Gringo, black, english accent, no spanish, but it turns out he's of Jamaican origin but spent a lot of time in Britain. I'm not a judge a male beauty, but he...
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    Don't forget the donation to widow's and orphan's...

    Don't forget the donation to widow's and orphan's fund.
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    Never been there, but... Rough roads, pot...

    Never been there, but...

    Rough roads, pot holes, speed bumps invisible to the naked eye, stray dogs, burros, chickens pondering whether to cross or not, etc. Amet and PN looking for spare...
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    I think I mentioned this before, but I ran into a...

    I think I mentioned this before, but I ran into a guy that started a discotheque in Puerto Plata. The dominicans ate him alive.

    He didn't speak Spanish nor had an abogado to help him. ...
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    It's possible, but you'd need some help from a...

    It's possible, but you'd need some help from a close family member. An esposa/o, tio/a that won't skim the till. It's definitely a cultural feature.

    There's strong laws around skipping out on...
  15. "Que vaina me han echado”!...

    "Que vaina me han echado”!
    http://www.spanishdict.com/translate/vaina

    I'm going to go with: "That idiot has cast me out!"

    I think they omitted a word: "Coño!! Que vaina me han echado”!

    ...
  16. Oddly, quite normal even between Dominicans. ...

    Oddly, quite normal even between Dominicans. Translation: dating
  17. I take it you're not often puzzled by ambiguity...

    I take it you're not often puzzled by ambiguity between languages.
  18. Friends with benefits? I've seen that a few...

    Friends with benefits? I've seen that a few times after a breakup. We're amigos now but as they say: old wood catches fire easily.
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    Just me, or is that just creepy....?

    Just me, or is that just creepy....?
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    I'm only relaying the common barrio "wisdom",...

    I'm only relaying the common barrio "wisdom", that you take your chances on and after the 3rd baby when you go to hospital. You'll most likely survive, your baby will most likely survive, but that...
  21. Thread: USD/DOP

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    Nor in many countries. The rising oil prices...

    Nor in many countries. The rising oil prices have been amplified by the rising dollar to the detriment to many economies.

    Although I don't necessarily agree with the politics in Haiti, it's a...
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    Sadly, I suspect this is true. No first hand...

    Sadly, I suspect this is true. No first hand knowledge, but haitian women won't go the hospital unless it is is a mortal emergency for just this reason. Although after you give birth to one or...
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    I thought Brazil had this spot wrapped up, and I...

    I thought Brazil had this spot wrapped up, and I read about the practice there. Basically, the doc likes to have a schedule rather than all the late night births. Second, the women don't mind and...
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    DR World leader in C sections per birth

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-45834011
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    I don't recall a single time where handcuffs were...

    I don't recall a single time where handcuffs were used in Latin America. I'm sure they are used but intimidation or a beat down seem more common.
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