Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
There is something special about seeing a father with his children. In many societies the father is out working, spending much time being the provider. In some cultures it is no surprise when the father leaves the family. It has almost become expected behavior.That is one of the many reasons I enjoy spending time on the Conde or on the Malecon in Santo Domingo. You see so many families, including the fathers, having a meal or shopping or playing. Often times you will see the father alone with his children, perhaps giving the mother some needed time to herself.
I wish all the Dominican hombres a Happy Fathers Day!
Friday, July 25, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
The Caribe Tours Company, the largest bus company in the Dominican Republic, has opened a new route to Dajabon and Haiti's second city, Cap-Haitien. The new route will go through Ouanaminthe (Juana Mendez) on the Haitian border and continue on to Cap-Haitien on the north coast of the neighboring country. This is the second international route covered by Caribe Tours. The first links Santo Domingo with Jimani and Petionville, in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital. The new route will make it easier for independent tourists in the DR to visit the legendary Citadelle monument in Cap Haitien.
UPDATE JULY 24:
The nation's largest bus company, Caribe Tours, took dozens of their buses out of service yesterday to stage a protest in front of the offices of the OTTT. The OTTT had rescinded the permission obtained by Caribe Tours to operate a direct connection between Santo Domingo and Cap-Haitien in northern Haiti, which was supposed to start this week. Caribe Tours buses tied up traffic for several blocks around the Quisqueya Stadium. In a press release, the company said that they have no idea why the OTTT has blocked their routes. Previously, Caribe Tours had obtained permission for the route from the Armed Forces, the Customs Office, the OTTT and the corresponding authorities in Haiti. Caribe Tours says they have all the permits required for the routes from the Ministry of Foreign Relations, Ministry of Armed Forces, Customs Department and even the OTTTT and the competent authorities in Haiti.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
UPDATE July 29: It appears I overlooked an important piece of information. Jose is featured in the adult film "World Of Men: Santo Domingo." I had seen the cover, but did not make the connection. Thanks to Makor, a blog supporter, for making me aware of this. Do you believe this will have a negative effect on his singing career?
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Santiago de los Caballeros, the first city in the New World to be named Santiago, is gaining fame as an attractive place to visit. Listin Diario calls the city "gentlemanly" and "old world". Some of its citizens, such as movie critic Jose D'Laura, never set foot outside the city unless it is a case of "life or death." The fervent fans of the Aguilas Cibaenas baseball team and its imposing Monument to the Restoration are just two of the characteristics of the 500-year old city.
As well as the Monument, there is the Cathedral, the Governor's Palace, the Duarte Park, the San Luis Fort Museum, the Model Market, the Victorian architecture of so many of its houses, and the friendly barrios such as Los Pepines or La Joya.
There is a long list of cultural attractions as well, headed by the Centro Leon, the Casa de Arte, the Alianza Cibaena, the Ateneo Amantes de la Luz (the DR's first public library), the Centro de la Cultura with its award-winning folkloric dance troupe, the Tomas Morel Folklore Museum, the artists' refuge, La 37 Por Las Tablas, and the Grand Cibao Theater.
Santiago is located in the center of the Cibao Valley, 150 kilometers from Santo Domingo. The towns of Tamboril, San Jose de las Matas, Villa Gonzalez, Navarrete (Villa Bisono) and Licey al Medio are part of the province and lend their charm to the city.