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    Sand storm coming !

    Did I miss the post about this sand storm coming to DR ! I mean there is no usual panic on DR1 about this one: I have no idea about the source....
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    Question from American Airline one-way ticket tourists from US to DR

    I wonder if anyone recently flown from US to DR (as a "tourist") by American Airlines and had a one-way ticket. Did they question or demanded a return or on-ward ticket !? I did this a few years back and they only checked that I didn't need a visa (that was fine with UK passport), but never...
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    Motorbike model Renegade from United Motors, any experience/opinions

    I have seen quite a few of these coming up with reasonable prices. They are the shape and look that I like, I think comfy sitting position (seat/handles/etc.) and with large and wide tires, I assume they are smooth and pleasant on the road for a longer trips (I really struggle to go 30 minutes...
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    Two spotted Eagle Rays in Sosua bay

    I went snorkling yesterday at the Sosua beach, as usual swam to the center and did a little circle around the coral in the center and back. On the way back, close to the shore, saw two small spotted Eagle Rays, about 1 meter in diameters. (Called "Chucho Pintado" in Spanish.) Quite spectacular...
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    Is the website gone for good !?

    I used to look up their classified section occasionally but it seems it is no longer working, I noticed it stopped working a couple of weeks ago....I wondered if it was a temporary thing or permanent....!?
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    They released a nurse shark in Playa Sosua.... not in the street in the water !!!?

    And I thought all the sharks were on the street (!?), I don't know what to think of this, if you ask me it was a stupid thing to do. I know nurse sharks are not aggressive (although they are known for reacting and biting people), but why the hell would you do this. Your average...
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    Caribbean version of paradise, easy listening from BBC (14 min)

    This was a short talk about the Caribbean paradise that I enjoyed, I thought others might like it too. Nothing special really, just going on about people's view of paradise and association of beaches in the Caribbean with that concept. BBC Radio 4 - Four Thought, Series 4, The Trouble with Paradise
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    Is there a carnival in Puerto Plata this Sunday 2nd Feb ? Any good

    Is there a carnival in Puerto Plata this Sunday 2nd Feb ? Any good. About what time does it get going....
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    Frank Reyes concert, New York Ranch, 28 Dec !?

    I thought I saw some signs on the trees and lamp posts about this on the road to PP, but not sure if it is for this year or there were just left from the last year !? (you never know here !?) If it is this Saturday, does anyone know how much the ticket is and where to buy it (should buy it in...
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    Is the "touristic" road to Santiago (from POP) open ?

    Is this road open and without major issues now ? I recall the locals blocked it a while back as a protests... Also sometime there used to landslides and drop trees that blocked it occasionally, so I wondered if anyone used it recently.... Cheers,
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    8 (US) gallon electric water heater (120v), is it enough !?

    I see a lot of condos here have a small (120v) electric water heater of 8 (US) gallon - that is 3.7 litre a gallon by the way as oppose to the UK gallon which is 4.5 litre, this confused me to no end for sometime, everything here is in US gallon. But I wonder if that is enough for showering...
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    World's most dangerous roads are in DR !

    According to this website the world's most dangerous roads are in DR at 41.7 death per 100k people per year. Roads Kill Map | Pulitzer Center I looked at a few other bad ones but no other country, according to this survey, reaches 41.7 - be very very careful on the roads in DR....!
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    Chinese (Loncin) vs India (TVS) vs Taiwanese (Sym) Pasolas

    I did my usual round of pasola price checks (research !) around Sosua and Puerto Plata yesterday, I don't think I ever end up buying one but like to think I am (LOL) !? These are no haggled prices for new pasolas from shops, they said 500 for placa+500 for title+500 insurance should be added...
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    Question about returns flight from DR to US

    I am flying to DR from UK early Aug and return to UK at the end of the year - I will have a return ticket and I am on UK passport. But in Aug I have to visit US for a couple of weeks, so I plan to buy a return ticket from DR to US. (I did check all the other routes and alternative scenarios and...
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    Cable TV Schedule

    I wonder if this is available but I was looking to find the cable TV schedule on the internet - that is all the channels offered on the cable TV in one place (in Sosua I think it is Cable Atlantic).Their website cableatlantico does not have anything useful. Their EPG does not work properly and...
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    Cost of buying a condo

    Just a quick question to get a feel for the extra cost of taxes, lawyers, title transfer, survey and searches etc. to the buyer. Assume a US$50k price, I read there is a 3% tax based on official government value (normally half of actual price, so off $25k), that is about $750 that normally...
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    Monday after Semana Santa Sunday

    I am planning to use the Metro (or Caribe) bus from Santo Domingo to Sosua on Monday the day after Semana Santa Sunday. Two quick questions, could that Monday be a holiday in DR - I know they sometime have holidays on Mondays for one reason or another, so just wanted to make sure that it is not...
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    100 pesos ATM charge

    I heard there is a new 100 pesos withdrawal charge per transaction using any foreign Credit or Debit Card in DR (this is charged ny the DR bank not the card issuing bank at home). Apparently started middle of last year. Is that correct ? To minimize this can someone tell me which banks allow...
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    Any bachata/merengue concert in the North Coast (Late Dec. -> Early Jan.)

    I never get a chance to go to one of these, it's funny but it is hard to convince any of the locals to come with me !? (May be that's the problem - they don't want to be seen with a grino.... !?). I don't quite feel like going solo, but may be that's what I need to do. In any case, it would be...
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    Is there an equivalent to

    Is there an equivalent to "for old time sake" in Spanish ?