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Camel Talk Smoking room, Santo Domingo Airport

Smoking has taken a beating in the United States. Most smoking in America has been banned from public buildings. All tobacco packaging has to contain true warnings that tobacco products are not good for your health. Tobacco is taxed at an exorbitant rate. Television...

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Delicia de la Juan Restaurant Breakfast today

This little restaurant is one street north of the D'Beatrice Comida Criolla. Passing by, at lunch yesterday, there was a line almost out the door and all the tables inside were occupied.This morning, the doors are open for breakfast. It is quiet and a cool breeze...

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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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Street Empanadas One street over from Calle Estrellita

Every time I pass, I see customers at this little empanada stand - ordering their empanadas, sitting in these plastic lawn chairs,visiting, stopping a moment in life, standing, moving away, replaced in moments by someone else. It is all very random. The process is...

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Trip to Sanoa Beach From Santo Domingo

Those going on this day trip from Santo Domingo to Sanoa Island start at the Pizzerelli Pizza Palace at one corner of the Parque Colon at six forty five in the morning. There is virtually no one on the street this morning when I walk here, but, at the pizza place...

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Larimar Precious stone found only in the Dominican Republic

Larimar is one of Earth's creations, formed by great pressures, huge temperatures, great shiftings of mineral deposits laid down over millions of years. It is found only in the Dominican Republic where it is mined, cut, polished, and fashioned into fine jewelry. One...

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Shoe Problem Impossible to clean

These are a pair of Scott's work shoes from when he used to work hard. Instead of being covered with paint, which was Scott's income when public school teaching became intolerable,one of these shoes has residue from floor tile adhesive on one toe. Not fussy about work...

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Mr. Postman utility bill delivery system

There is a Postal Service in the Dominican Republic but it is either not used, not trusted, or not helpful to the citizens in this old colonial neighborhood.  In the United States, our Post Office is maligned with carriers driving expensive Post Office vehicles,...

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Dominos and Chess Street games in Santo Domingo

Games of choice on the neighborhood streets seem to be dominoes and chess but I have also seen checkers and card games with money on the table. This street corner game, in progress,even has an official scorekeeper who shouts out the score at the end of each game and...

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Men at Work Santo Domingo, Zona Colonial

For those who have trouble putting up a shelf on the wall, someone had to built the house you live in, the car you drive. Someone had to educate your kids, grow the food you eat. Someone in the background has to mow your lawn, do your tax forms, listen to your heart,...

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