As a wonderful cap to my DR experience, my mom came to visit and we had an amazing time in Punta Cana. For the last two days of our trip, we headed to Santo Domingo so that my mom could see where I called home for a year and a half. The J.W. Marriott Santo Domingo opened up just as I arrived in the city and ever since then I have been in awe of the hotel. Visited a couple of times but never got to stay, so this was a great treat. The rooms were amazing .I really liked the…

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Let me be honest. I left the Dominican Republic is a hastily and rushed fashion through no fault of my own. I was ready to stay another four months and luckily had begun to get my head in the job search game. Basically, the organization I was working for began running low on funds..very low. Instead of accepting a decrease in a pay which was already minimal to a American salary, I decided to return to the United States. To avoid paying another month of rent, I was forced to pack up everything and leave within two weeks. Packing up was…

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It is 2016 so I am ready to get my life. 2015 was tough. In fact, the last 5 years has been tough in their own ways, although I am still glad for the blessings. I have four main areas to work on this year, all very pressing for me to reach my long term goals. In the past, I have been really clear on my 5 year goals, but I am getting to the age where that is not an easy to plan out. Right now I have a three year plan, so we will see ho some things…

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Living in a given space guarantees that you will be so caught up in your own life that you forget to appreciate that space and properly explore it. Kinda like how so many people living in NYC have not been to the statue of liberty. Imagine my surprise when a good 10 months after living in Santo Domingo, I found out about Los Tres Ojos (The Tree Eyes) which is a group of caves right outside the city. For only $100 pesos ($2.50) my main DR travel homegirl and I were dazzled at what we saw when we walked down the…

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It’s been 1 year since I arrived in Dominican republic. craziness. I’m not sure that I thought the year would go the way it did, but I am happy with it. A friend of mine is moving to Haiti for work and while i was trying to calm her nerves about the moves she said, “You were brave for making the move you did” Huh? What? In June of last year when I quit my job, packed up and moved to Santo Domingo within a month, I never thought I was brave. i thought I was doing what I was supposed to…

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