LIFE AT VILLA SAMIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Back to Santo Domingo

Tomorrow we head back to Santo Domingo to finish up the residency process. Plus I have any appointment with the eye doctor. So it will be a busy day on Monday with an 11 AM bus return on Tuesday. We are hoping to get both the residency card, which you have to get from...

Dr. Bob to the Rescue

A couple weeks ago, one of our dogs, Samantha, had some kind of episode. She was literally screaming for an hour, then only yelping every once in a while. Of course, these things always happen on a Saturday night. By Sunday morning, she seemed fine, except for...

Dealing with the Government

It’s always fun, isn’t it? No matter in which country you reside. This past week, we went to Santo Domingo for step one of two steps to renew our residency, a process we need to undergo every four years. Every year, it seems to get more difficult. Now we need to make...

Medical Care in the Dominican Republic

I’m always asked what I do about health care here in the Dominican Republic. It’s true that the national healthcare system, which basically provides free healthcare to Dominicans, leave a little to be desired. There are long waits and a general concern about the...

New Find in Santo Domingo!

Going to Santo Domingo is not a treat. It’s a minimum of 3.5 hours if you drive, and 4.5 to 5 hours each way by bus. We have to go down there at least once a year because in order to maintain a pistol license, the government requires that the gun undergo a ballistics...

Playing Tourist Guide in Puerto Plata

I had the pleasure this past week of taking a friend around Puerto Plata. She was on a Carnival cruise that had a day in the (relatively) new Amber Cove port. I knew where the port was, of course, but I had never entered there. And in fact, you can’t enter! The...

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