Caribbean

Watching a Cockfight in the Dominican Republic

Banned in the United States, cockfighting is a very popular spectator sport in other parts of the globe, namely in the Dominican Republic. It’s a serious event, with avid patrons betting heavily on their favorite winged competitors. My decision to attend this particular event was made somewhat spontaneously. I read about it in my Lonely […]

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Dancing in the Dominican Republic

There is a charming city in the Dominican Republic called Jarabacoa, also referred to as “The City of Everlasting Spring,” given its temperate climate – both a tropical climate and over 1,700 ft above sea level.  It’s also the starting point for the trek to Pico Duarte, the tallest peak in the Caribbean. What the […]

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Surfer Girl

It was by pure chance that I met Ramses, a professional surfing instructor in Puerto Rico. While packing up my rental car en route to Rincon, I struck up a conversation with a polite local about my upcoming surfing adventure. After mentioning that I’d booked a group lesson, my new friend shook his head, then […]

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Jamaica

I’m not a Mom. Yet everyone in Jamaica thought I was. My friend and I learned that when standing next to each other, one might indeed think me a Mama. She is petite and sported a frilly bikini, I’m Amazonian and donned a Marilyn Monroe bustier one-piece. “Is she your daughter?” men would ask. “No, […]

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Puerto Rico

After several adventurous days in the Dominican Republic, including a summit of the Caribbean’s highest peak (Pico Duarte, at 10,164 ft.), I was ready for some beach time. So I hopped over to Puerto Rico, staying just outside of Old San Juan in Ocean Park. Expecting a glittering village with handsome couples decked out in […]

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