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Night Basketball Keeping in the neighborhood

Night Basketball 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...

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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...

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God Bless Santo Domingo Jardin Botanico snack stop

God Bless Santo Domingo Jardin Botanico snack stop

    At the Jardin Botanico in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, it is lunch time. On the menu is one part indigenous people, one part Europeans, one part Hispanics, one part black Africans. Combine the European, African, Caribbean and Dominican recipe and...

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Fishing by the Napolitano Casino Fishermen rise early

Fishing by the Napolitano Casino Fishermen rise early

    Before seven in the morning, a kid passes me on his old bicycle, carrying a five gallon plastic bucket, with bait and tackle inside, on his bicycle handlebars. His fishing pole sticks out of an empty milk container secured to his back bike fender with a...

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Plaza for a Poet Pellerano Castro

Plaza for a Poet Pellerano Castro

    This little plaza is dedicated to an important poet with a simple stone inscription. Pellerano was a man who moved to the Dominican Republic from Curacao, stayed, and also raised a daughter, Luisa Castro, who was one of the most influential woman writers...

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Fixing a Leak Plumbers are needed

Fixing a Leak Plumbers are needed

    The main water supply line from the street to the house is accessible from the sidewalk. You lift a little metal door in the sidewalk and quickly find a leaking coupling that joins the city part of the water line with the homeowners part of the water...

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Dominos Street games in Santo Domingo

Dominos 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...

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Generosity Zona Colonia

Generosity Zona Colonia

    Homelessness is no stranger in urban environments. Disparity, economic and otherwise, is visible in older rougher parts of cities, worldwide,where no one with money wants to live. Urban flight has created downtown areas where people, who have nothing....

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Mama Juana Mixology

Mama Juana Mixology

    When I remark that I have a cold, Yuri asks if I want some " Mama Juana? " " I don't want marijuana, " I answer. " No, " she laughs, " Mama Juana. It is a local drink, good for colds. " Berluis shows me a jug which looks like it is filled with bark off a...

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Police Band Zona Colonial Plaza Santo Domingo Event

Police Band Zona Colonial Plaza Santo Domingo Event

    The last police band i saw was in Cuenca, at a celebration for ex-pats and foreign business development in that Ecuadorian city. This Santo Domingo events aim is to support women and fight domestic violence in Latin America.This police band provides some...

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Men at Work Santo Domingo, Zona Colonial

Men at Work Santo Domingo, Zona Colonial

    For those who have trouble putting up a shelf on the wall, someone had to build 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...

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