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    Living here I enjoy being a big fish in a little pond as opposed to being a little fish in a big ocean in the states.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NanSanPedro View Post
    Interesting that you mention freedom. I took a bus back in May from SD to Dajabon and got to talking with the driver. He's 24 with a wife and a kid. His family owns the bus. He came back from New York to stay here in the RD.

    His rationale was exactly like yours. Much more freedom. Everything is regulated in the USA and I definitely see his point.

    As for me, I like the climate, the low cost of living, and the churches. I'm still feeling out the people because as a gringo, it seems to me that I'm viewed as a walking ATM, even in the church. I have to establish boundaries which I would prefer not to do because they can become walls.
    Funny that you mention you were “talking to the Bus driver” the last time I took Greyhound there was a yellow line and a sign that said “Do not talk to the driver”.

    I think the asking for money is an element that shocks most foreigners, it happens to Dominicans too. I have a few lower income friends that occasionally ask for money. I’ve just told them no and that’s the end of it. If you never ask people to lend you money then you shouldn’t be lending either. Almost all of the people I know don’t ask me for money, they are also Mid-class and above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leon486 View Post
    Funny that you mention you were “talking to the Bus driver” the last time I took Greyhound there was a yellow line and a sign that said “Do not talk to the driver”.

    I think the asking for money is an element that shocks most foreigners, it happens to Dominicans too. I have a few lower income friends that occasionally ask for money. I’ve just told them no and that’s the end of it. If you never ask people to lend you money then you shouldn’t be lending either. Almost all of the people I know don’t ask me for money, they are also Mid-class and above.
    Here the bus drivers always seem to have the prettiest girl on the bus sitting in the front passenger seat.

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    Probably why so many buses end up in the ditch...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cdn_Gringo View Post
    Probably why so many buses end up in the ditch...
    Why? From the pretty girls in the front seat or the guy distracting the bus driver?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leon486 View Post
    . . . That’s how the DR is in general. In another countries if some accident happens to you, it’s generally someone else's fault, here not so much.
    A little help on this one please . . .

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    I'm from Ontario Canada
    Freedom or since about it,we come down to dr yearly as a group of 4 5
    We rent motorcycles drive up to mountains for lunch get out of the tourist areas meet locals have a beer DR people are very friendly the weather,fresh air
    It's up to you to make your experience in DR enjoyable
    Can't sit in a resort for 14 days get out
    Traveling in mountains handing out toys to kids seeing them smile
    Could go on and on

    Sent from my SM-A520W using Tapatalk

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDJones View Post
    Living here I enjoy being a big fish in a little pond as opposed to being a little fish in a big ocean in the states.
    You sound like an entrepreneur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leon486 View Post
    @melphis I don’t know how different Canada is to New England in the US, but I liked the snow/cold. Snowboarding was fun as hell.

    You can always put more layers on, when it’s hot and you reach your underwear, there’s nothing more you can take off.

    I guess What I like is the change of seasons. Here you only get “Tres veranos y un infierno”.
    We enjoyed the Canadian winters to a point. We skied, skated, tobogganed, I had 11 snowmobiles at one time but once it got to minus 25 and colder all the enjoyment left the room.
    Its pretty much impossible to do anything once it gets to minus 40. You can't even barbecue your food as propane turns back to a solid and natural gas can't get hot enough.
    Although I agree with everyone's favorite things and they are all great and enjoyable (bribing cops is still fascinating), the weather still floats to the top form me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melphis View Post
    For me the weather tops the list. If you have been through a winter in the Canadian prairies you will understand
    I think a winter in Québec is even worst than in the prairies... So imagine 50. I was fed up of 8 months of cold out of 12 so I moved to the DR for the weather. I also love that feeling of liberty and freedom. Been here 8 years now and don't regret it.. or maybe just a little bit in the heat to summers... sometimes I even wish for a snow storm...

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