Chronicles #2 by Expat J

Chronicles #2 by Expat J

Mar 15, 2024

I'm here living the simple life in the Dominican Republic. Waking up to a sunny day with that cool Caribbean breeze starts my day in good spirits. I must confess, I've always been a weather person. I hate cold weather, and I pray I never have to feel cold again unless it's from opening the fridge. I've gotten used to living in this small town on the South side of the Island. It's very peaceful and safe. I live within walking distance of everything, so I decided not to own a car, and plus I don't want to drive. I love the idea of just walking to where I need to go to. I actually picked that up from living the city life back in North America. Mostly everything is good about living in this small town in Dominican Republic, but the worst has to be it's not flooded with restaurants. Sure, there are a lot of restaurants here, but pretty much the same foods and they close early for the most part. As a foodie, I need more lol. I'll tell you how safe this town is, I haven't seen or heard of any violence since I have been here over a year. The days just go by, with everyone in routine and going about their business. I would highly recommend to anyone looking to get away from the rat race pace to come to this Island. It's not for everyone, but for those that it is for are never going to look back. Me personally, I would never return back to live in North America. All the money in the world couldn't convince me to return. Life here is more enjoyable with less, the simplicity of it all is what first grabs you. Everyone out here is happy and sociable, looking forward to hearing about your day and having a conversation with you. The other day a friend of mine asked have I became a minimalist lol. Maybe, but truthfully, I just value what's more important in life. That's what I get from my neighbors and all the people in the community. That they are generally happy and just get what life is about. The kids are grateful with gifts that could cost under $5 (usd). The men and women treat each other with respect, elders are highly respected. When someone passes away, the family and friends march in the streets in honor of the deceased. The love that is spread in this culture is beautiful to be a part of. It's no wonder why people from all over come to live in Dominican Republic. I also see that more will be coming in the near future. I don't know but I feel some momentum that Dominican Republic is on a lot of more people's radar. People are always travelling here, more and more with the months. The foreigners are welcomed with open arms. The Dominican people love the foreigners that come here, because they come with smiles and look to be part of the island not take from it. Dominican people are very warm loving people and if you come here and match that energy, you'll love it here.  

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