Shane

Pilates Have Nothing On Ceiling Fans!

The kitchen project continues, and yes, I am aware that it started in November. It took a week after our return for Honey to get out of ‘holiday mode’, and back into ‘home reno’ mode again. The countertop has been templated and arrives in 15 days (professional installation). To Honey’s relief her new cupboards passed […]

Decorum

I act as internet-concierge for a Dominican hotel/restaurant business. Three thatched roofed cabanas on the sand. Each one for rent on any given day. I am the faceless individual that makes contact with strangers from other countries. I do the multiple languages with my trusty laptop and google translate and as much decorum as possible. […]

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Holiday or Vacation

I have come to the conclusion that a month on the beach in the Dominican Republic is not enough, especially when you return to sub-zero temperatures and more snow than when you left. It’s been a hard week. Honey and I returned home at 3 am on Tuesday and were both back to work on […]

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Aqui

I have written before about driving in the Dominican Republic. I’m sure that I used expletives like crazy, insane, hectic and down right scary. It’s like playing a video game, a cross between Grand Theft Auto and Mario Cart Race (you don’t need to play video games to get what I mean). It’s part cartoon, […]

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Pizza and Tequila Night

There is a tradition here at the Playa. It is not my tradition per se, but one I wholly embrace and was started long ago by Ginger and The Earl. It has been dubbed with much affection as Pizza and Tequila night. For one night we close the restaurant down and take the entire staff […]

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Neapolitan

I love the sunshine and warmth that it brings to each day here on the island. It rejuvenates me with every day I am here. Before I started to travel in winter, I was a sun worshiper. No, I didn’t have a secret shrine set up in a closet for the worship of some sun […]

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We as Canadians have become used to a certain way of life. The way we shop, the way we work, how we move around and the amenities that are common in our country are something that we have become accustom to. So, when we travel, we are frequently taken aback by the lack of these […]

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I usually only take holidays once a year. The rest of my year is spent on the job with my only time off being weekends. A weekend is not exactly the same as a holiday because it is just a short period of time and I never really get into the spirit of being away […]

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On Friday I stood outside at 1am in a temperature of -41C, by 5pm that same day the temperature was +28C. Something had definitely changed. No, it was not a bizarre freak of nature, the change was where I was standing. By Friday evening I was standing on the beach at the Playa Magante and […]

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When you deal with depression the most mundane things can make you happy or sad. You hear an old song on the radio and it reminds you of a time from the past, the nostalgic wave that you feel is the result of some kind of endorphin being released in your body. This chemical reaction […]

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