Playa Paraiso en Magante

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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The clock ticks ever closer to my escape to the beaches of the Dominican Republic. This year will mark the third meeting of The Los Gringos Refugee Club and the first reunion of the victorious forces from The Siege at Los Gringos, as not only will Ginger and The Earl be there but Rock and […]

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Booking a trip that requires deciding on accommodations is never as easy as they make it look on television. Just click and go is make-believe. As a traveller you need to make decisions on where to go, how long to stay, and how to get there. It’s never just push a button and you’re there, […]

I promised you the story of Tequila Wendy in my last post but after a week I seem to be struggling with getting it down on paper. So rather than torture myself I thought I would move on for now and come back to it later or never… we’ll see.   I am back at […]

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Wendy employees a restaurant staff of three that usually rotate in one person shifts. The first starts promptly at 7. It’s is usually Nero or Bonnie. They serve breakfast and clean the restaurant from the previous night, which basically means removing the mountain of sand that was tracked in. I have met both women on […]

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The other day I started to write about the current state of affairs at the Playa Paraiso en Magante. Since there have been no detailed records kept by any of the previous tenants there is no way for me to be certain that things are moving in the direction that I have envisioned possible. Record […]

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“I will.”   These words were spoken Sunday by a young couple on the beach of the Playa Magante. Well I assume that is what they said since I was sitting on my cabana deck watching and not standing amidst the small group of friends and family that surrounded the bride and groom. They might […]

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Thompson Goes On Vacation

I did say that I wasn’t through with the travelling bear. Once again this is a work of fiction based very loosely on actual events. It is another long piece so pour yourself a coffee and enjoy. You won’t hear from me here for a few weeks as I prepare to head on vacation but […]

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