Expats in Santiago?

CristoRey

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You sound very bitter I don't judge people where they come from I judge people how they treat me so let me guess you spend 31 years in the states you made a living and now your living off your pension here so now it's time to knock the hand that fed you good luck I can't live that way I'm grateful for everything
Well I do judge people on where they come from and I also judge them on not only how they treat me but how they treat the people around them.

Me not wanting to meet, greet and hang out with Americans has nothing to with any of the nonsense you're spewing.

It's based soley on my experiences, which have been overwhelmingly negative, not positive.

Most of the Americans I've met in Santiago, Sosua, Santo Domingo and Puerto Plata for the most part, behaved the exact same way. I gets tiresome. We Americans have a tendency to expect the rest of the world to do, say, think and act exactly like we do. Are there exceptions? Of course there are but I guess at my age I've less patience when it comes to looking for needles in haystacks so the blanket approach works better for me.

Obviously I agree not all Americans behave this way but I do remember (vividly) the last time I was invited out with a few here in Santiago who's big mouths stirred the pot and I definitely remember sitting there thinking to myself at the time
"this is the last time I'll ever do this sh*t again"

To be clear. No pension here.
No one ever fed me a d*mn thing. I've been getting on my own since I was 15 years old and take pride in continuing to do so while supporting not only myself but several other people both Americans and Dominicans.
 

keepcoming

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Well I do judge people on where they come from and I also judge them on not only how they treat me but how they treat the people around them.

Me not wanting to meet, greet and hang out with Americans has nothing to with any of the nonsense you're spewing.

It's based soley on my experiences, which have been overwhelmingly negative, not positive.

Most of the Americans I've met in Santiago, Sosua, Santo Domingo and Puerto Plata for the most part, behaved the exact same way. I gets tiresome. We Americans have a tendency to expect the rest of the world to do, say, think and act exactly like we do. Are there exceptions? Of course there are but I guess at my age I've less patience when it comes to looking for needles in haystacks so the blanket approach works better for me.

Obviously I agree not all Americans behave this way but I do remember (vividly) the last time I was invited out with a few here in Santiago who's big mouths stirred the pot and I definitely remember sitting there thinking to myself at the time
"this is the last time I'll ever do this sh*t again"

To be clear. No pension here.
No one ever fed me a d*mn thing. I've been getting on my own since I was 15 years old and take pride in continuing to do so while supporting not only myself but several other people both Americans and Dominicans.
Lol...been there before, not so much with Americans in the DR but people in general. Some come to the DR expecting it to be just like home. They have a hard time accepting when things do not go the way they think it should.
 

AlterEgo

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Lol...been there before, not so much with Americans in the DR but people in general. Some come to the DR expecting it to be just like home. They have a hard time accepting when things do not go the way they think it should.

Just like home, or just like their hotel stays, or like Florida, etc. The reality is very different, and many are unprepared for that reality, even if they have a Dominican partner. Definitely a learning curve and lifestyle adjustment, unless you’re independently wealthy or marrying a Vicini.
 

keepcoming

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I have seen some of the Ex-Pat groups on FB. It does not really seem that they get together or anything like that. Basically, people complaining about whatever they can, asking questions, etc... But nothing that really seems like groups get together. Years ago, there used to be a group of ex-pats that would go to lunch/dinner like once a month in Santo Domingo. But like I said that was years ago. DR1 used to have get togethers way back when also.
 

aarhus

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My experience was it was best to have a mix of Dominican and expat friends. The expat friends any English speaking. I think it’s best for mental health also. To socialize with both Dominicans and expats.
 
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