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Stories and Tips Dominican Republic

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Signs of the Times...

Written by Jose Kevo on 24 Feb, 2005

The final days of 2004 were fleeting, like the remaining grains of sand shifting to plunge through the gooseneck of an hourglass. Nightly blow-outs were still running full-tilt at El Chipero, but after three weeks of intermittent appearances, desires for more of the same…Read More


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King of My Road

Written by Jose Kevo on 24 Feb, 2005

Holiday traditions visiting family and friends were kept to a bare minimum, whether from absurd fuel/transportations costs or from no one having much to offer guests beyond a cup of coffee. Our family had no time or funds for jaunting about; Mami was rarely…Read More


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Esta Noche es la Buena

Written by Jose Kevo on 24 Feb, 2005

In the Dominican Republic, Christmas Eve, known as La Noche Buena, captures the full expressiveness of the advent season. Like a hen gathering her chicks, Mami came flying down the street that morning with cackling that brought neighbors running as quickly. She'd just finished the…Read More


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Hanging On for the Ride of Your Life!

Written by Jose Kevo on 21 Nov, 2003

Standing at the intersection, my arm hadn't even reached a full upwardly extended position when no less than four motoconchos came screeching to a near-collision halt at the curb. Passing a moment's worth of judgment over which driver might not only accommodate the safer…Read More


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The Chavón River Valley

Written by Jose Kevo on 20 May, 2005

One of the country's best public beaches and departure area for water excursions is in the nearby village of Bayahibe. A público ride, departing from La Romana's Avenida Libertad, costs RD35/US$1.15 per person, and a taxi could run as little as US$30. The…Read More


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Walking & Shopping Highlights Tour

Written by Jose Kevo on 20 May, 2005

Parque Central is heart of the downtown area and a recognizable landmark from which to base explorations of the city. Locals flock to the shaded benches concealed by lush vegetation all but shutting out traffic buzzing around the square. Under the gazebo are…Read More


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Man Without A Country

Written by Jose Kevo on 05 Mar, 2004

Splatterings from noon shower were a welcomed relief straddling back on the motoconcho while shifting the strap of my oversized bag to maintain balance. The gua-gua I'd stepped off of sputtered before heading towards Santo Domingo along with enticing plans for extending my trip.…Read More


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Survivng Santo Domingo's Airport

Written by Jose Kevo on 05 Mar, 2004

With major cutbacks on American Airline flights servicing DR's five other major airports, more travelers are finding themselves at Santo Domingo's Aeropuerto Internacional Las Americas and then needing to take Ground Transportation to final destinations The airport's close proximity to Boca Chica is a…Read More


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Staying Home...the Better Option?

Written by Jose Kevo on 17 Oct, 2003

Entering Higuey''s open-air terminal for gua-guas heading east, the porter immediately looked at me and called out Bavaro? Indication had him feverishly motioning to the bus ready to depart - an older, un-air-conditioned model already crammed to the hilt. Untimely arrival sentenced me…Read More


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On the Road to Higuey

Written by Jose Kevo on 26 Sep, 2003

Stepping off the local publico at the crossroads, it didn''t surprise me none of the other motoconcho operators even bothered from under the shade tree. Reynaldo, my new trusted driver, was already kick-starting his Yamaha for where ever we were off for today. My…Read More


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