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Are you committed to living in the Dominican Republic?
by Expat Focus columnist, Lindsay de Feliz
I was chatting to a friend of mine the other day, a fellow Brit, who also lives here in the Dominican Republic, and he was telling me that sometimes the frustrations of living here become too much and he just wants to go back to good old Blighty. It got me thinking as although of course I too sometimes have bad days, with no electricity or water, or it is too hot, the mosquitoes are eating me alive or I long for a mushroom or Sugar Puffs, I never even think of returning to the UK.
I thought about it for a while and I decided it depends on whether or not you think have the choice. He has houses here and there. He travels back to the UK every few months. He is not committed to being here and has options. I have everything here including a husband, step children, cats and dogs and apart from my mother and some friends and relatives I have nothing in the UK. If you have a choice, then I think maybe life here will frustrate you more, whereas if you feel you have no choice then you don’t waste time and effort and negative energy thinking about what might be and what you could do. You just get on with it.
Life as an expat certainly has its ups and downs, and for some people the dream of tropical bliss often turns sour...
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