Scott’s Adventures in the Dominican Republic

Hand rolling cigars in DR-Video In the Zona Colonia

The little room entered through a small corner tobacco shop in the Zona Colonia has four men inside. One is reading the paper, another is watching the cigars being made, two are working - making cigars, by hand, one at a time.  " He is muy rapidio, " I remark. "...

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Juan Voight-Artis Plastic @instagram Juan Rodriquez Artista

Just off the Colon Plaza, straight past the Pizzerella pizza parlor, Juan shows up to work every day. He says he has been an artist since he was a little boy, teaches at the college part time, and makes his living as an artist. He works deliberate. Watercolors demands...

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Street Empanadas One street over from Calle Estrellita

Every time I pass, I see customers ordering empanadas, sitting in the plastic lawn chairs,visiting, stopping a moment in life to laugh, standing up, moving away, replaced moments later by someone else. It is very random. The process is like those parts of the atom...

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Corner market

At night, when it is cool, neighborhood people congregate by the local mini market, sit out on their balconies. This group, on the corner down from the LaPuerta Guesthouse, are watching an American basketball game. Baseball is also a favorite sport here, and, soccer....

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Godfather street Zona Colonia- Calle Hostos

According to one of my first guides, Alberto, this was where parts of the movie " Godfather " was filmed. Alberto who is missing one leg but transports with crutches, even on these up and down streets,took me on a tour to the Plaza Espana, which is close, and the...

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Dirty Laundry four blocks away

Dirty laundry catches up with all of us. Only bringing a carry on bag, and wearing some items more than a day, I have run out of clean. In my neighborhood, this lavenderia takes my clothes in the morning, gives me a receipt, hands my clothes back clean, folded in a...

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Museo of Amber Zona Colonia, Santo Domingo

Pat reminds me to dig deeper on amber, highly valued by Kings and royalty way way back when we had Kings and royalty. Tunneling deeper, answers are revealed at the Museum of Ambar . at 454 Calle Arzobismo Merino Street in the Zona Colonia. It is roughly four blocks...

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