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    HAM Radio

    Greetings, Maybe this is a shot in the dark - are there any HAM operators amongst the DR1 crowd? Looking for frequencies, etc. Any guidance is much appreciated. RHM
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    In Search of the Bright Side - Have You Seen it?

    I lived in SD from 2002-2008...been gone six years. I'm back for my annual summer pilgrimage visiting wife's family. Previous summer trips over the past six years have always worked like this: Step 1: I get off the plane and am immediately hit by an initial wave of happiness and nostalgia. It's...
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    Cheapest way to call the U.S. from Santo Domingo?

    DR1ers, I need to spend an hour or more on the phone today with the U.S. I already have a reasonably cheap international calling plan but it might be cheaper to go to a call center (or whatever they call them these days...assuming they still exist...where you make your calls and then pay on...
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    Recommended reading for newbies???

    What books would you recommend to people interested in learning more about the DR? Here are a few I would put toward the top of any list: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat The Dictator Next...
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    Massachusetts' First Latino Mayor

    (Sorry if this is a duplicate post) Lawrence, Massachusetts, recently elected the Commonwealth's first Latino mayor, a Dominican named William Lantigua who moved to the states at the age of 19. Success story? Not really... What should be a proud day has turned predictably sour. He refuses to...
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    Summer Camp for Kids

    Here is an affordable and safe mini-camp for those of you with kids (3-6 year olds) in Santo Domingo. Teacher Maggy's Summer Camp Host: Maggy Imbert Start Time: Monday, June 29, 2009 at 8:00am End Time: Friday, July 31, 2009 at 8:00am Location: Arroyo Hondo Description: For kids from 3...
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    Resurrecting "The Xpatriot" by Randall H. Miller

    In 2004, while living and teaching in the Dominican Republic, I wrote a fictional novel entitled The Xpatriot. I wrote, published, and marketed the book on my own until it ran out of steam at just over 1,000 copies sold (not too shabby). I then canceled my contract with the publisher and pulled...
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    Talking Narcoterror with Dominican University Students

    I gave a lecture on 21st Century Terrorism this morning at the prestigious Universidad IberoAmericana (UNIBE). To date this was one of the larger and more enthusiastic university audiences I have had the pleasure to talk to. Special thanks to all who made my visit possible, especially my former...
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    Leonel Watch

    Leonel Watch (Original posted here) Leonel Fernandez (President of the Dominican Republic) recently sent the Dominican congress a list of over 100 changes he?d like to make to the constitution. Here?s how a UN representative characterizes those proposed reforms (from DR1 news): "Dr. Cristobal...
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    The "other side" of the island

    Original posted here on my blog. Here?s a reminder for those of us who live on the Dominican side of the island. Haiti, a failed state if there ever was one, will likely have its UN peacekeeping mandate extended. Interestingly, there don?t seem to be any major plans for development. From the...
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    The President's Occasional Pilot

    This one was too good to miss. Did you read the DR1 Daily News closely today? Read the last story about ties to drug dealers. Then let me point out the obvious: DR1 Dominican news is referencing a recent memorandum that was circulated throughout the Dominican military that ?prohibits Armed...
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    Live Posting from the Colonial Zone

    Hola. I've been having trouble with the internet connection in my house but have a bunch of things to do which require a connection. A quick search on the DR1 forums produced a list of places with WIFI in the capital. I quickly found the Conde-Parque hotel (very close to the intersection of...
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    Dominican Education in Crisis

    Dominican Education in Crisis In part I of this post, I mentioned how colonialism and imperialism have no doubt affected the growth of the Dominican Republic. However, I also proposed that those reasons alone do not tell the whole story. It?s been a long time since Spanish conquistadors and...
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    Why is the DR still "developing?"

    Why is the Dominican Republic still developing? (Click here for original) I?ve received some interesting PMs and comments regarding Wednesday?s post about surving in the third world. Each seemingly asking the same question ? why? Why is it that much of the developing world is always...
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    3 things you need to survive in the DR

    3 things you need to survive in the 3rd World The electric company is allegedly upgrading the service in my sector of Santo Domingo. As a result, the power goes out every Wednesday at 8AM and comes back on at around 5PM. Other than those times, I always have service unless, of course, they turn...
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    Is it OK to criticize the DR?

    I recently received the following email and wanted to share it with you guys to see what you think. The original post is entitled "Talking Smack about The DR." Here's the email completely unedited: "You?re a gringo and talk a lot of smack about the DR. What gives you the right? How would...
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    Virgin Mary Performs "Miracle" in DR!

    La Virgen de la Altagracia performs a Miracle in the Dominican Republic The set-up One of my favorite things about living in the Dominican Republic is the convenience of the local colmado. A ?colmado? is basically a neighborhood convenient store that stocks just about everything you may need...
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    Beach Etiquette: When Speedos Attack!

    Beach Etiquette: When is a Speedo Appropriate? This is the last of my three Honeymoon-inspired posts and my ongoing effort to foster international understanding and good-will (the first two explored the sub-species of ?Loud Ugly Americans? and ?Chain-Smoking Europeans.?) However, I?m going to...
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    Travel etiquette and "Chain-Smoking Europeans"

    Five(5) Tips for Chain-Smoking Europeans In yesterday?s post I described my recent encounter with ?Loud Ugly Americans? (LUAs). Today I will share my experiences with the equally annoying and nearly intolerable ?Chain-Smoking Europeans.? Similar to ?LUAs,? the ?Chain-Smoking Europeans...
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    Travel etiquette and "Loud Ugly Americans"

    The original article can be seen here. I?ll have a lot to say about my specific honeymoon location soon, but suffice it to say that the resort over-promised and under-delivered on just about everything they sold us. So, let?s put that aside for the time being and concentrate on the first of two...