Tuesday, May 31, 2016

First Time

The first time I travelled to the DR, many years ago the Las Ameicas Airport was still somewhat "primitive." Oh, they had recently upgraded from the dirt landing strip I was told, but you still had to exit your plane under the nice warm sun as opposed to a nice cool terminal as you have now. There were many, many people crowded in at the exit from the baggage claim area, which I later found out were mostly there to sight-see and to hustle your money (offer to carry bags or provide a "taxi") I had not learned enough Spanish yet and the experience was quite harrowing, but after a good laugh inside our shuttle it became part of fond memories of the DR. This is an exert from a poem I wrote.

As I exited your portal I could not contain the emotion that had welled up inside me. There was an explosion that rocked my senses, a transcendent spiritual experience. My eyes beheld your beauty, I inhaled your tropical allure and I surrendered to you.

As I made my trek into the fray of the countless others, I was a Johnny come Columbus in this new world. The descendants of  centuries-old inhabitants are more hospitable now. And there in the frightening exchange of linguistics, in the maddening convergence at my welcome, it was then that I loved you.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Towns Top Rookie

Dominican national basketball team player, seven-footer Karl-Anthony Towns was chosen by the NBA as its Rookie of the Year today, Monday, 16 May 2016. Towns plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Towns played for the University of Kentucky before being recruited by Minnesota.

He averaged 18.1 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks and is credited with having helped the Timberwolves win 13 more games than they did the previous season. Towns played all 82 games and was named Western Conference rookie of the month in all six months the award was handed out.

Monday, May 09, 2016

Employment Opportunity

From time to time Caribbean Jobs Online posts something that most anyone can do. No certification or degree necessary. Here's one for a secret shopper/evaluator. My understanding is that they will need several based throughout the Caribbean.
Click HERE for details.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Villa Taina in Caberete

dr1 reports: Villa Taina at Cabarete Beach in the northern province of Puerto Plata is proud to announce that it is celebrating its 20th year of operation. General director Claudia Schwarz says that the hotel, which opened with 14 rooms in May 1996, has since grown to 61 rooms and now includes a kite surfing and windsurfing school, and a massage center. The hotel's Serenade Bar and Restaurant right on the beach offers weekly themed nights: Mongolian Grill (fish, meat and vegetable grills on Wednesdays), Lobster & Shrimps (Fridays), Argentinian Grill (Saturdays), and a Dominican Buffet (Sundays).
For more information, contact Claudia Schwarz at