Jennifer Legra

About Jennifer Legra

Jen, an expert in The Art of Lunacy, decided three years ago she wanted to get married, have a baby, and move abroad. She discovered she was pregnant in February, got married in July, and moved to the Dominican Republic in August. In October, they had their first baby (yes, that is all in the same year!) and then had another baby 18 months later. Did she also mention she has two rescue poodles? She has a particularly strong dislike for insects of the flying nature and has what her husband calls “an irrational fear” of bugs trying to crawl into her hoo-ha… and also zombies… and natural disasters… basically many scary things. She loves being a mom, but blames much of her drinking on raising two small children in such a bloody hot climate. For this reason, she drinks a lot of Presidentes (the official beer of her rock), and visits many colmados since, well, that’s where they sell Presidentes. You can find her Drinking the Whole Bottle on her blog of the same Her stories are real. The shamrock tattoo is magic marker.


ISLAND GIRL SINCE: Born to island parents since birth, official island girl since 2011

ORIGINALLY HAILS FROM: Jersey (fist pumping not included. Not recommended either.)

What the Holy Trinity of Cuban Drinks says about Cubans

Written by: JENNIFER LEGRA   Every island has an indigenous drink, a drink that is original to that place. The Dominican Republic’s native drink is Mamajuana. Mexico’s drink is the margarita. The Bahama Mama comes to us by way of Jamaica – I kid – from the … Continue reading

On-Island for the Holidays: Thanksgiving Olympics

Written by: Jen L   As expat rock dwellers, we have to pick and choose the holidays we go home for – we can’t have ’em all. Christmas is mine. I won’t miss it. Maybe someday when we live farther away I … Continue reading

Returning to the Rock: It’s Good To Be Back

Written by: Jen L   Let me be very clear: I was pee-my-pants excited to be in the States for some of the autumn season. This was the first time in 3 years that I got to experience the awesomeness that … Continue reading

Dominican Dictionary

Written by: Jen L   Any place you visit will have a kind of cultural dictionary. And I’m not talking about the 101 terms – the hola or gracias of every language, although of course when traveling it’s good to know those. … Continue reading

Me and My Island Need A Break

Written by: Jen L   Many of us who have experienced the end of a relationship can relate to Paul Simon’s song 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, which aptly describes that urgent feeling of desperation behind finally breaking free – in the … Continue reading

The Freddy Krueger of Insects

Written by: Jen L   Prior to moving, I daydreamed about all of the fantastical adventures that would unfold in my life once I lived on a tropical island. While packing my 6 suitcases, I fantasized about all of the Pinteresty-nautical-islandy … Continue reading

To Curse or Not to Curse (the Loudness), That Is the Question

Written by: Jen L   Within the first week of our arrival to Santo Domingo, a neighbor downstairs had a party and all I could think was: For the love of God, I’m 8 months uncomfortably pregnant and I just want to … Continue reading