Scott’s Adventures in the Dominican Republic

Delicia de la Juan Restaurant Breakfast today

Delicia de la Juan Restaurant Breakfast today

This little restaurant is one street north of the D'Beatrice Comida Criolla, another local eating place near my Santo Domingo guesthouse just outside the Zona Colonia. At lunch yesterday, there was a line backing almost out the front door and all the tables inside...

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Plaza Espana On an evening in March

Plaza Espana On an evening in March

Plaza Espana is a popular night spot in Santo Domingo. There are events and live music here. but, this evening, early, people are just beginning to arrive as the moon rises just above Columbus's right shoulder. The Alcazar de Don Colon is closed and there is only a...

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Hand rolling cigars in DR-Video In the Zona Colonia

Hand rolling cigars in DR-Video In the Zona Colonia

The little cigar making 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 men are working - making cigars, by hand, one at a time.  " He is muy...

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Juan Voight-Artis Plastic @instagram Juan Rodriquez Artista

Juan Voight-Artis Plastic @instagram Juan Rodriquez Artista

Just off Colon Plaza, straight east 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 just behind his little outdoor work space, and makes his living as a full time...

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Street Empanadas One street over from Calle Estrellita

Street Empanadas One street over from Calle Estrellita

Every time I pass, I see customers at this little empanada stand - ordering, 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 like those parts of...

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Corner market Keeping in the neighborhood

Corner market Keeping in the neighborhood

At night, when it is cool, Santo Domingo neighborhood people, in the Colonial District, congregate in front of the local mini market and watch sports on a big screen television. This group of grown men and women, on the closest corner to the the LaPuerta Roja...

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Godfather street Zona Colonia- Calle Hostos

Godfather street Zona Colonia- Calle Hostos

According to one of my first guides, Alberto, this Godfather Street is where parts of the movie " Godfather " were filmed. Alberto who is missing one leg but transports quickly, even with crutches,took me on a tour the other day to the Plaza Espana, which is close,...

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Dirty Laundry four blocks away

Dirty Laundry four blocks away

Dirty laundry catches up with all of us. Only bringing a carry on suitcase this trip, and looking at my pile of dirty clothes on the bed, I am down to my last clean socks and shirt. I could have brought a bigger suitcase but I wanted to travel as light as I could....

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