Magical Maroc

First, a bit of the basics. Morocco is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa. It is one of the most diverse nations on the continent with vast desert, high mountain ranges and rugged coastline. It is one of only three countries including Spain and France to share both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. To its south lies Southern […]

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Enter Morocco

Plan A was to relocate to the Dominican Republic. After months of preparation, we landed in Bávaro where we were effectively based for six weeks as we traversed the country looking for a place that felt like home to us. Lo and behold, we never found such a place and after a short month and a half […]

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Hasta La Próxima

I’ve been in the Dominican for six weeks although it feels much longer. I had intended to blog more about the sociopolitical issues here and why it seems no two people agree on any one topic. I also wanted to blog more about the culture – food, dance, music, et al. It’s just entirely too difficult to keep […]

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Haitian Deportation

Stop arbitrary deportations of Dominicans of Haitian descent, says UN A UN working group warns the government of the Dominican Republic that expulsions risk violating international laws as well as its own constitution.  Article written by Sam Jones on The Guardian, July 28, 2015. Photograph: Ricardo Rojas/Reuters UN experts have called on the government of the […]

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Beware the Sanky!

The Dominican Republic is rife with Sanky Pankys. The term Sanky Panky is derived from the English expression “hanky panky” (to fool around) and the Spanish expression “saca panty” (takes panty). So just what is a Sanky Panky exactly and why are they best avoided? The short answer: a sanky is a male gigolo who solicits on beaches […]

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Slow & Low

In search of a slower pace of life and a lower cost of living, I’m constantly comparing and contrasting countries around the world where the livin’ has a good cost to benefit ratio. Southeast Asia reigns supreme for both slow and low and there’s no question that’s why I stayed in the region for as long as […]

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