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  1. Lucas61

    Inverter and Battery Charging Question

    Hello All, This post is directed to those who have a lot of experience with AC/DC inverters (inversores). I know you're out there. We have power outages every week, often more more than a day. We've run the battery to zero charge many times. It is a PowerTek with a digital readout and one...
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    Gulab Jamun Anyone?

    Hello All, Not knocking habichuela and rice but sometimes I have a hankering for a thali followed by gulab jamun. Too bad there is no Indian community is Sto. Dom. When I search Google Maps, I find three possibilities and they are all problematic. Let me dispense with the first one right away...
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    Foreign Currency Exchange in Sto. Dom.: COP (Colombian Peso)?

    Hello All, My wife and I are planning a trip to Medellin, Colombia. As you know, it is neither wise nor comfortable to arrive in a foreign country with only a plastic debit card and no cash. I would like to amass a quantity of COP before we leave. Banreservas, where I have my account, and three...
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    New Bivalent COVID Vax: Coming to The D.R.?

    Hello All. The purpose of this post is to ask members to keep their eyes and ears open for any news regarding the new bivalent COVID vax, both Moderna and Pfizer, that the CDC recently approved for Emergency Use Authorization. Is it coming here? The questions would be: Yes or No, and if Yes...
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    Expat RT Ticket Jam: Solution?

    Hello All, I hope you are safe and happy. I have now encountered the same problem two times and I'm ISO the most efficient and simple solution, if one exists. This post is a followup to another post but more focused, so I am starting a new post. I am a U.S. citizen living permanently in the...
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    DR Eticket: Whoa! New fees?

    Hello all, When I left the D.R. for Germany I went to the Eticket.gob.do site, filled out the form, received my QR code, no problems. Now that I'm returning ditto except when I click Submit I'm told I must pay $45.00 for a tourist visa. No way, so I aborted and will not complete the form. Last...
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    Need bona fide U.S. phone number for 2FA

    Google canceled my Google Voice number of ten years because I can't call out from the D.R without a U.S. number that excludes Google Voice which Google needs for their 2FA. Now I am in Germany and I can't access my Wells Fargo account. A family member is helping me but this is a problem. Does...
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    Did Vimenpaq AND La Aduana Steal Money from Me?

    I believe that they BOTH did. The purpose of this post is twofold: (1) Maybe my allegations are mistaken in some way and a member here can correct me, (2), If not, this post is a warning to people who use Vimenpaq when items are taxed via customs. A couple things to note: First, I have never...
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    Some Cognac Questions

    Hello All, Recently, I no longer needed to take medications that prevented me from drinking alcohol for 30 years! Yay! To celebrate I ordered a pewter flask made in Sheffield, England. I really like the Cognacs and would like to find a small bottle of Remy Martin XO. But that appears to be a...
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    Need Recommend Courier Service for Cigars U.S. < D.R.

    Hello All, I hope you are safe and happy. A few years ago I ordered cigars from CI in the U.S. via Vimenpaq. For reasons that they never explained, Vimenpaq blocked the order in Miami and told me that cigars could not be shipped. It took one month for Vimenpaq to return my order to the...
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    Overstay Fee Schedule: Need Confirmation of Currency

    Hello All, I hope you are safe and enjoying. "Currency" here does not mean money! I just want to confirm that the schedule last published in October, 2014 is current and has not been revised. For reference, in that schedule the fee for one day to three months past the 30 day grace period is...
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    Best Elegant Seafood Dining in Santo Domingo

    Hello All, I hope you are all safe and well. My wife (dominicana) is turning 60 and wants private dining for just the two of us, without fanfare! What is the best bet in Sto. Dom. for seafood and fine dining? I'll give you an example of what I think is NOT fine dining: Villar Hermanos...
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    ISO 2nd Pfizer Booster Sto. Dom.

    Hello All, I hope everyone is safe and well. Per a now forgotten government report that I read at dr1 many moons ago, I am now eligible for my second booster as more than 6 months have past since my first one and I am approaching 69 years of age. I have NO leads on where I can obtain a...
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    Need a Recommendation for a Cryptocurrency Exchange for Expats (Us) That Do Not Violate ToS

    Hello All, We are all "expats." I think you'll agree that our status often causes us problems when we make transactions and we are "between two countries." I'm sure you all know exactly what I'm talking about and have your stories to tell. Can anyone recommend an online cryptocurrency...
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    U.S. Phone Number That is NOT VOIP??

    Hello All, I hope you are enjoying "La Semana Santa." Buy your groceries before it is too late! I am dealing with a business in the U.S. that requires a U.S. phone number so that I can receive SMS messages for 2FA (two factor authentication). Well, I do have a U.S. number, Google Voice. But...
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    Arturo Fuente Cigar Club - First Impression

    This former English teacher likes circumambulations, so here we go. When my father died in 1994, I inherited $500.00. I took that money and bought a Daniel Marshall humidor! That should give you an indication of my cigar smoking experience . . . For you cigar aficianados I need not repeat...
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    Fun Retirement Project: Thinking About Running a Full Node on Windows? (Full Node = BTC blockchain)

    It turns out that I am the first one to run a Full Node in the Dom. Rep. This post is presented as a fun retirement project (can also be done on Mac OS or Linux) and does not involve funding. In fact, you will be paying a little more electricity. It really is about a public service combined with...
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    Intertwined Problems: DR as Dev. Country as Affects Service; ISP issues.

    It may seem strange but I’m actually considering hiring a bilingual Dominican attorney not for any legal issue but simply to make phone calls, get accurate information, and exert influence so that I can get what I need. Problem 1 In my 13 years of living permanently in the D.R. this has been...
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    ISP Tech Problem

    Hello All, I have a technical problem that I need to address at Altice. However, the problem is that it's a problem they may not even be familiar with and given my intermediate level of Spanish, that spells disaster. So I'm hoping that if someone here already has a solution, you could save me a...
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    D.R. Bitcoin Pastime (While living in).

    Hello All, The purpose of my post is to attract others who wish to throw in their two satoshis for cryptocurrency in general and Bitcoin in particular as they relate to us who live in the D.R. To start here are two items: First, I am a relative noob at the beginning of Bitcoin 101 (my...