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  1. Xavier_Onassis

    US Passport renewed!

    My passport expired last year, and I filled out the application and mailed it in with the photos and such on January 26th. On February 26th I got an e m ail from the Dept of State that it had received my application on Feb 5 and they gave me a registration number. I was told that I should allow...
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    Barahona travel is curtailed

    My significant other lives in Barahona with her family that I have been looking after for five years, and tells me that all the buses from the capital have been suspended. There seem to have been a few cases of the virus there, not sure how many. The city market is open from 8 to 10 AM and the...
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    Andy Graham was injured in Sosua

    After a visit to Haiti, Andy Graham the Hobo Traveler visited Sosua and claims to have been injured by a golf cart driven by a drunken turista. He has a cast on his left arm and leg. He says he will be okay in three weeks or so. I rather enjoy his descriptions of the places he visits. He has...
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    kfrancis, AKA Ken Brown died last Saturday in Barahona

    I think that Ken was one of the earliest members of this forum. I arrived on the 15th of August, 2017, and spoke with him until I ran out of minutos We were planning to asking about blue and other unusual rocks, but he had a heart attack in the bank of a heart attack, According to his PN driver...
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    If you really want to learn Spanish. try Duolingo

    As a language professor for over 40 years, I decided I was wasting far too much of my time on political websites, which is useful to me only to practice my self-expression. So I decided to try the DuoLingo course in German for English speakers. I was greatly impressed. If my students had spent...
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    How do you do bamboo?

    It you wanted to grow some bamboo, how would you go about it in the DR? seeds? seedlings?
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    Internet question.

    I am trying to help the three kids of my GF of three years (7, 15 and 17) to get a passable education, and therefore want to have them able to use the Internet. They have electricity at least 12 hrs a day in Barahona, but Claro says that the area is too far to string wires to the home. I know...
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    Copulatin rhythm

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    another trial naah!
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    Just trying out tinypic

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    Pretty French Pasola, $500

    Last weekend I was visiting some yard sales, which I do most Saturdays. A women has a beautiful Peugeot scooter with the luggage case and the helmet that had about 2000 miles on it. She was a nurse and had used it to ride to the hospital, where there is little parking available. It was a 49.5 cc...
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    This seemed to be a logical way to prevent mosquito problems I bought a couple of these to use in Barahona, where some neighbors caught the Zika virus, and at least one girl got very...
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    Four carmakers are still selling new cars with defective Takata airbags,

    Mitsubishi, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and Volkswagen. If you are buying a new car you should check out the details online. There are millions of vehicles that still have ammonium nitrate inflators that are essentially tiny bombs that can explode with so much force they can send bits of metal into...
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    What about televisions?

    AS I suppose everyone knows, all TVs for use in the US are made for digital signals, while in the DR, the old NTSC tuner is needed. I know that for a while, TVs came with both NTSC and ATSC tuners, and when you turned on the TV ans connected the antenna, the TV would first seek NTSC signals and...
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    Ban pre shredded cheese!

    Let's make America grate again!:D
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    Gas Station Robbery report. Notice the use of words.

    Here is the tale of an attempted gas station robbery in Barahona. What I find amusing is the author's use of words. El desconocido penetr? al interior de la bomba y amenaz? al administrador Welington Pe?a con un arma de fabricaci?n casera (Chilena) de que le entregara el dinero de la venta o de...
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    A stroll down the malecon in Barahona.

    The seaport has changed a lot from last year. Usually there was a ship in the port, but where the ship used to be, it looks as though they have filled it in. There is a large area with piles of stuff. I asked a local guy and he said it was gypsum and salt. It seems strange to have salt or gypsum...
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    What can anyone tell me about the examenes nacionales?

    I heard about these and have not been able to find much about them. Are they charging students to take them?
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    Long distance call options from Miami to Claro phone in Barahona

    I have tried several long distance calling cards and companies, and I think all of them use some sort of VOIP. The voice quality is lousy and I get cut off regularly. Has anyone had experience with Magic Jack, Oooma or some other method that is better and preferably cheaper? I have a landline...
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    Rosetta Stone on sale

    Every so often, puts Rosetta Stone on sale. Today, Wednesday July 7th is one of those rare days. The sale price today is $135 delivered to anywhere in the US. This is not an endorsement, just a note to anyone who thinks that this is a better price than $100 more. It is a good program...