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    Default What's it *really* like in the DR?

    I'm still new and navigating around and I'm curious if the forum paints an accurate picture of daily life in DR. There are plenty of discussions on high crime, security, bad driving and roads, failing electricity, etc. But for the expats out there, there must have been a reason you moved to DR. And for citizens and long-time residents, I have yet to meet someone from the DR who wouldn't passionately and patriotically defend the greatness of his/her homeland.

    I know there's a tendency for people to focus on the negative. But I'm genuinely curious about what it's like on a daily basis. Is the threat of crime a constant stress? Do you sit on your porch at the end of the day with a malt-based beverage and say, "I wouldn't do anything different"? For the expats, is it the same rat-race you left with different issues? Are the people you deal with regularly a source of headaches or inspiration?

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    Some on here post about the very best, the others about the very worst. Look somewhere in the middle for reality

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    kballs.
    You read my comments on the Bahamas versa DR North coast but obviosly did not take it on board. As Island Dreaming says - some are the very best and others the very worst! Apathy often stops the middle ground being put forward. Look at all Olly and the Team posts and it will give you some idea of reality here.

    Hope you make it here?

    Olly and the Team

    Ps I think I spelt you name incorrectly - sorry !

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbaley View Post
    I'm still new and navigating around and I'm curious if the forum paints an accurate picture of daily life in DR.

    I think you are going to find that an "accurate picture" of daily life is going to be different based on your disposition and experience in life.

    I haven't been here long but I'm enjoying it. I'm not working, which means I get up when I want to, go to the stores when it's not crowded, avoid as much traffic as I can. I'm interacting with locals everyday so my "accurate picture" might be different from someone who has to be at work on time, needs to make time to go shopping which would probably but them in crazy traffic, and other things that would cause stress.

    As another poster stated, it's some where in the middle. Only you can make your can paint your "accurate picture"

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    Daily life is about where you live and how much money you have. Life can be great in almost any country with enough $$$.

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    think about where you are from ! would everyone post the same review of your country

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    In the DR,Money really CAN Buy Happiness!
    A LOT of money that is!
    Meanwhile, those Dominicans who are so "Patriotic & Passionate" about their homeland, chose not to live here!????????
    They "Voted With Their Feet"!
    I have noticed several Expats here have decided "Enough" and are leaving, some after 18 years.
    Drugs have put the "Nail', in the DR's Coffin"!
    Crime is so rampant is Santo Domingo, that the military has been brought in to patrol even the main streets.
    I am not "Afraid", but I am "Prepared"!
    I initially came here 27 years ago for cheap sex with beautiful young Dominicanas.
    It has been a great reason to "STRAY", Ooooops, I mean "STAY"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC

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    Kbaley, I believe that there is also a lot of poverty and crime in the Bahamas.. How did you handle that?

    Its all about experience, backgrounds etc. My island Curacao has also a lot of crime but I never feel afraid.. why, I know the people here, Speak the language, know the places where to go and not to go. But for a tourist straight out out of Kansas some parts may look dangerous to him.

    Sometimes its even better to live between the locals than living in a resort with security..

    I have driven in the RD and didnt found it scary (I have a lot of driving experience in the Caribbean, Europa and Central America) but maybe if you do end up in an accident it may be a whole different experience.

    Dominicans are very proud of their county but quiet a lot have never left the country so how can the assess how things are in their country if for example they have never been in an very organised western European country?

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    Everyone's experience will be different. My Wife and I have not had a relaxing first 5 months here but that is b/c of all our construction and improvements and having one problem after another with electricity, plumbing, car troubles, new water system, new sewage built, new roof, extortionists about building a pool and wall so close to the ocean.....
    The guy who owned the house before us was the cheapest guy ever so we had to fix everything. Throw in my cat dying and my wife having a breast cancer scare, it has sucked.
    We don't live in a gated community so it is also a bit different dealing will very poor locals and the not so poor expats on the ocean. Locals pretend to be friends but all they want is our Money....

    You will learn a lot and listen to suggestions on the pro DR1'ers!

    Saying all of that we have had some great laughs, beautiful view, walk 3 feet and swim in our pool or walk 5 feet and swim in the ocean.
    Adopted 4 dogs, 3 rescue. We have also met some of the most helpful, kind, giving people here.
    I wouldn't move back to Vancouver b/c I know once the construction is done it will calm down and not be sooooo crazy with at least 5 men around our house 6 days a week 7-7.

    It is a very interesting country to say the least!

    Luckily we don't have to work because we would not have had time to work!

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    Whenever I get totally fed up with people trying to steal from me, motoconchos trying to kill their passengers by running into me, gomeros who blow valves out of tires, women who want to marry my bank account, viagra-fiend sex tourists and their 13-year-old girlfriends, etc., I always end up striking up a conversation with an average Dominican out on the street somewhere who's warmer, wiser, and more genuine than nine out of ten people I meet in the U.S.

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