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    Default Seeking Advice:Moving to Santo Domingo

    Hello Friends, I'm Scutter, an American, living in Minneapolis MN. Ever Since I was Young, back in Grade School, I read an article about the Dominican Republic...I said then , I want to live their some day. Now is my time, Maybe...I have saved up enough money to Live in Santo Domingo,..I want to live with and around the Dominican Culture...THIS IS MY QUESTION FOR ALL, Can I Live, on what I've saved...If I stay a year in Santo Domingo, I Have a TIGHT BUDGET! Almost 600.00 U.S. dollars a month..(Around $590.00). Can I Live Safe and Semi-Comfortably.My lifestyle: I want to learn Spanish from the local Dominican's, I want to shop in the veg., fruit Markets, I'm Vegeterian, and I need to Live Cheap. Can I Find a Decent Studio Apt., or small 1 bdrm, in Santo Domingo, DOES NOT HAVE to be the best neighborhood...safe at least, with caution.? I want to also experience the Night Life, Culture,which would of course include some sight seeeing expenses, and money for going out to some Clubs, if I choose! I also need to buy prescriptions, and see a Dr. Once and a while. I also need Cable News, TV, (COST?)Can I find a livabable apt. for U.S. $100.00, or less?Will I have enough Money to eat at Home/APT., and go out sometimes?? I Like Living in the Central City. Can I Live in Santo Domingo, as I've Described above, on a Budget of $600.00 U.S. Thanks for Any and all INFO.....Scutter.

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    Default Reply, this is Scutter, trying to figure out How this works

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    We see your post. You'll have to wait for answers or do a search. Life in the DR isn't as cheap as one might think. It all depends if you want to live as an American or a very poor Dominican.

    There's many threads on this topic.

    Good luck.

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    you might be able to swing it but you're going to have to walk the tight rope like michael jackson used to moonwalk. For that, you might as well stay home and live a way easier life with all your Basic needs readily available to you. Last week some1 that makes 80 grand usd a year told me DR is expensive. Go figure. There is no need to suffer if you aint born in the DR unless you choose to do so or come with enough funds to live aloof. [cue in Dream On from Aerosmith here].

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    but, if you get some good roommates to share the costs ya all might be able to live it. Assuming they all bring in at least as much as your budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quejeyoke
    you might be able to swing it but you're going to have to walk the tight rope like michael jackson used to moonwalk. For that, you might as well stay home and live a way easier life with all your Basic needs readily available to you. Last week some1 that makes 80 grand usd a year told me DR is expensive. Go figure. There is no need to suffer if you aint born in the DR unless you choose to do so or come with enough funds to live aloof. [cue in Dream On from Aerosmith here].
    Would that be " dream on, dream on, dream until your dreams come true"?

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    You'll need more than US600=DR17100, an ok apartment in an ok area will take 1/2 of the money, electric (w/o A/C), cable (Basic), and food (Rice and Beans), will take the rest. But, unless you know people here to help acclimate you the learning cost may be great. If you can work, you should plan on doing something here to get some money coming in. Are you living on $600 in MN? You could work as an English Teacher P/T and bring in another 10K pesos per month, which might just make the difference, along with the medical benefits. Good Luck. Florida might be a better Idea, lots of Dominicans there.
    Last edited by Naufrago; 04-01-2005 at 06:11 AM.

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    I would suggest it is doable but very very tight!!!! At todays rate of exchange it will be exceptionally hard. You will probably only find an apartment in the poorest areas for that kind of money and you will exist on a limited diet only if you know where and how to shop.

    But, it can be done. As for nightlife - it will be limited by your lack of funds. And goodness help you if you want companionship as you wont' have the budget for that!

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    Talking HI Scutter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scutter
    Hello Friends, I'm Scutter, an American, living in Minneapolis MN. Ever Since I was Young, back in Grade School, I read an article about the Dominican Republic...I said then , I want to live their some day.
    I think the basic question is WHY? Make yourself a cup of green tea and sit down and think through WHY you want to move to DR?

    When I was a young man, my dream was to live in the US! Why? Because of the romantic impression I had from movies! After my first visit to USA, I still wanted to move there! Now ever more! Why? Because my rose-coloured vision allowed me to see only things that boosted my desire but filtered away everything that conflicted with my dream.

    Also, please remember that it is not a pleasant thing to be poor in a country such as DR. If your economy allows you to barely survive, then what is the point of moving there? Much better then to stay in US and go to DR for vacation.

    However, the final decision is of course based on your own values and what is important for you. You may well see things in a totally differet way than I do? Just make sure you balance your dream with a pinch if reality and make sure you are aware of why you have the feelings you have.

    Well, only my personal views on this rather intricate matter.

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