What made you coose to live in DR?

Voyager

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What made you choose to live in DR?

Without having immersed myself in the archives of this message board, I notice recent commentaries on corruption, lousy politicians, pollution, inflation, noise, lack of respect etc. etc. There is quite an extensive list of negative aspects on living in DR.

Every coin has a flip side and ?et in arcadia ego? but still? Why have you chosen to live in the Dominican Republic?

I am just curious to know the reasons why people choose to move there and stay?

Was it by pure coincidence? You were there on vacation and fell in love with the place? Then you decided to move there without checking up on alternative places on the planet?

Or was if after careful scrutiny of all ?tropical? destinations? You checked the infrastructure, economy, politics, culture, location etc of Malaysia and DR and decided that DR had more to offer?

Maybe you decided that, of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, the one in Sosua is the best?

You received a job offer you couldn?t resist?

I have friends who have decided to live in Cuba, Thailand and the Philippines. They all feel that they have made a good choice of a place to live. In all three cases, they have met women from those countries, when working there or elsewhere, and then decided to live there rather than back home in Europe. Is that the case for you too? The DR woman ?pull? you to her country?

It appears as if most of you come from North America, so for you maybe you just want to be close to your home country?

I am just curious?
 
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Good Question...

To Enjoy... Warm weather, freedom, easy going pace of life, happy people with easy smiles, fresh air, beaches.
To get away from... Blistering cold winters, excessive taxes, stress, Gestapo-like cops (Quebec), the English/French battle there, allergies, being a number instead of a person.
 

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Women? who needs stinking women? I came here to eat rice and beans and Mondongo everyday. Yeah!!!!!!
 

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My wife is Dominican,It's part of life here!

We use the "Don't Ask Don't Tell"policy! She Don't ASK,and I Don't TELL!

And.....I follow her rules:"No Family Members",No Neighbors",and "No One From Work"!See what a good boy I am??? CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC :)
 

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Sure, but why DR in particular?

Rocky said:
To Enjoy... Warm weather, freedom, easy going pace of life, happy people with easy smiles, fresh air, beaches.
To get away from... Blistering cold winters, excessive taxes, stress, Gestapo-like cops (Quebec), the English/French battle there, allergies, being a number instead of a person.

Okey, sure, of course I know what you mean about the weather and the laid back life style and the beach and all that, but...

...my question was really why you picked DR of all countries??? I mean, you can find all of the above in many, many places all over the world!

However, as you come from Canada, I venture a guess that you selected DR because it is close to home!? Or?
 

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I Agree with the Big Guy: The Women!

Voyager said:
...my question was really why you picked DR of all countries?
I wanted to retire to a tropical climate, with lots of beaches. An island. There are in fact a lot of candidates for that so why the D.R. in particular? I didn't want to be trapped on some little sand spit in the ocean, that I could circumnavigate twice in the same day on foot. I also wanted variety. The DR is a large island, the climate varies greatly, the terrain varies greatly (from below sea level lakes to a 10,000 foot mountain), there a lots of freshwater lakes and rivers so you don't have to catch rain water to survive, you can live in seclusion in the country side and still have huge metropolises to visit like Santo Domingo and Santiago, the island is (or could be) self-sufficient in terms of food, etc.

I guess what I am saying is that the D.R. is big enough to have just about everything you'd ever want, and yet is still small enough to be a tropical island. With wonderful women! I should know. I married one of them!

Tom aka XR A tough guy told me 'I'll bet you $10 you're dead.' I was afraid to bet him.
 

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The real reason...

Voyager said:
Okey, sure, of course I know what you mean about the weather and the laid back life style and the beach and all that, but...

...my question was really why you picked DR of all countries??? I mean, you can find all of the above in many, many places all over the world!

However, as you come from Canada, I venture a guess that you selected DR because it is close to home!? Or?

This is nowhere near as exciting as other people's stories, but, here we go...
I pulled out my Reader's Digest World Atlas with my girlfriend.
We were hellbent on getting out of the rat race and the cold.
I had heard many good things about the DR, including family & friends who holidayed here.
As it happened, my then girlfriend, had been here before on vacation and liked it.
I jumped on a plane, checked it out for one week.
Went back home with a favorable report, and we started preparing.
Two months later, we were down here, dumber than stumps, with no clue of what we were going to do.
Banged my head up against the wall a thousand times before discovering that I wasn't going to change "them" and finally learning to adapt.
You see... We didn't have DR1 in those days to help us out.
PS: Being close to North America and the fact that it was safer than most destinations, did have a lot to do with it.
 

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XanaduRanch said:
I wanted to retire to a tropical climate, with lots of beaches. An island. There are in fact a lot of candidates for that so why the D.R. in particular? I didn't want to be trapped on some little sand spit in the ocean, that I could circumnavigate twice in the same day on foot. I also wanted variety. The DR is a large island, the climate varies greatly, the terrain varies greatly (from below sea level lakes to a 10,000 foot mountain), there a lots of freshwater lakes and rivers so you don't have to catch rain water to survive, you can live in seclusion in the country side and still have huge metropolises to visit like Santo Domingo and Santiago, the island is (or could be) self-sufficient in terms of food, etc.

I guess what I am saying is that the D.R. is big enough to have just about everything you'd ever want, and yet is still small enough to be a tropical island. With wonderful women! I should know. I married one of them!

Tom aka XR A tough guy told me 'I'll bet you $10 you're dead.' I was afraid to bet him.


The exact reason I want to visit.
 

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Comment to Rocky!

Hey Rocky, I think what you are telling sounds pretty exciting to me! As well as daring!

To get up and go like that, stick with it, and be able to adapt and see the possibilities rather than the obstacles, most people would not handle that!

Whenever I contemplate a challenge like the one you took on, I always get into these "what ifs???" and then I postpone it... Sigh!
 

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Not Daring..

Voyager said:
Hey Rocky, I think what you are telling sounds pretty exciting to me! As well as daring!
It was exciting, almost intoxicating, but not daring.
Daring would have been for me to stay up there, freezing my noogies, stressed out and trying to keep a smile on my face.
I took the easy way out.
It's not for everyone, but for me, it was a life saver.
The DR affords a person great opportunities.
Either it will corrupt you or make you a better person.
You make the choice.
Marco.