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Annamarie Gaglione, Santo Domingo

Published Friday September 01, 2017 (10:48:36)
Who are you?

Im Annamarie Gaglione, a 20 something year old originally from New Jersey, United States.    more ...

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Jen, Santo Domingo

Published Sunday September 20, 2015 (12:09:07)
Who are you?

I’m Jen, a storytelling island mom-wife who writes for Drinking the Whole Bottle. I've been published on the Huffington Post, Matador Network, and Elephant Journal and am also a contributor for Wanderlust and Lipstick and Women Who Live on Rocks. I also have a habit of rescuing street animals.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

In December 2010, my then-boyfriend and I made the decision to teach abroad. We had talked about it before but finally made the decision to do it.    more ...

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Ilana Benady, Punta Cana

Published Saturday September 12, 2015 (12:18:16)
Ilana Benady, Image © Pedro Guzmán
Who are you?

I’m the co-author of Expat FAQs, Moving to and Living in the Dominican Republic, Culture Smart: Dominican Republic, and Aunt Clara’s Dominican Cookbook. I work as a freelance writer, translator and editor. I’m married to a Dominican photojournalist and we have a rapidly growing teenage son called Lucas. We live in Punta Cana, near the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I moved here in 1999, to be with my now-husband Pedro.    more ...

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Pauline Wren, Dominican Republic

Published Monday August 03, 2015 (13:45:06)
Pauline Wren
Who are you?

Pauline Wren, a retired teacher and psychotherapist. For the last nine years I have been running a project to bring together poor and deprived children and abandoned, neglected and abused horses and other animals. Project Isobel is having to close in its present form due to lack of financial support. Over the years we have helped many families, children, horses, donkeys, dogs and cats.    more ...

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Eliza Alys Young, Gazcue (Santo Domingo)

Published Saturday August 11, 2012 (03:24:19)
Eliza Alys Young
My name is Eliza Alys Young, an American originally from NYC. I have my own graphic design business and write regularly for my blog.

On Feb. 22, 2003 I moved to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where I lived for 8 years. I moved there after teaching summer courses in web design at Altos de Chavon in La Romana. The course I taught was well attended by professionals and I was encouraged to extend my stay and visit Santo Domingo. At the time, the web design industry was brand new in the Dominican Republic and my skills were in demand. In addition, I had always dreamed of living in another country so I saw this as my opportunity.

When I moved I really didn't speak Spanish which made things very challenging. I had friends who said they were going to help me but they were too busy once I moved to do much.    more ...

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Melanie Fitzsimmons de Alcequiez, Santiago

Published Saturday February 18, 2012 (19:44:49)
Melanie Fitzsimmons de Alcequiez
I'm Melanie, an American living in Santiago, the second largest city in the DR. It's been a journey, but I'm still alive.

I was young when I moved, I didn't really speak Spanish and I had had absolutely no idea what the Dominican Republic was until about six months before I moved. I know, I know. That's horrible. Blame it on bad geography education, but my knowledge of the Caribbean was Jamaica and Haiti - and only Haiti because there were some handsome Haitian soccer players on our high school team. The doors, however, of employment opened up and I would be given housing. The pay was minimal, but I wasn't looking to make money.    more ...

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Lindsay de Feliz, Barrio Living In The Middle Of Nowhere

Published Friday February 10, 2012 (01:19:06)
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I am Lindsay. English, mid 50s. Started out life as a linguist (French and German), ended up as Marketing lecturer at Kingston University, then Marketing Director of various Financial Institutions in the City.
I have been married to a very hunky Dominican for 7 years, and he has 3 boys who have all lived with us at various times. At the moment we have number two son with us, who is 21, and we also have 3 dogs and 10 cats.

I left the UK and ex husband in 2001. I just wanted more out of life and felt claustrophobic in London. I had developed a passion for scuba diving and had always loved travelling, meeting new people, experiencing new places, eating new food. My plan - such as it was - was to qualify as a PADI scuba diving instructor and then travel the world teaching diving, going from one tropical beach to the next. I didn't really think about where I would go or where I would end up. My first port of call was the Maldives, where the diving is second to none    more ...

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