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An Island Score That Ended Up Costing More

As many of you who have spent time in the Caribbean know, a washing machine can be quite an electric hog. My high efficiency washer here in the States would be impossible to run on my rock, the Dominican Republic. It may be water efficient and mostly energy efficient,...

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The Best Part of Winter in the Tropics

Ahhh, winter in the Caribbean. That most wonderful time of year when we don’t feel like our entire being is going to melt into a sticky, sweaty puddle (yes, even the puddles are sweaty) at the very thought of stepping outside. That time of year when we can choose a...

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It’s the Bugs’ Island, I’m Just Visiting

Anyone who knows me knows one unassailable fact: I hate bugs. I don’t mean I just don’t care for them. I am fairly certain that most people don't like bugs. Well, except for maybe entomologists. What I mean is I have an irrational and oversized fear of anything small...

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Holiday Reflections From My Adopted Rock

This was my third Christmas season in the Dominican Republic and while I can't speak for all parts of the island, nor for all expat rock-dwelling transplants like me, but I LOVE that it's still about family here and not just gift-giving. Don't get me wrong - some...

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Christmas on a Rock

I was born and raised in Maine so for most of my life, Christmas has meant snow, fir trees, and fire in the fireplace. In 2012, my husband and I decided to celebrate being a newly married couple and our new rock home by staying on island for Christmas. It was a...

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