A trip to San Francisco


San Francisco de Macoris, that is – not the (slightly better-known) city on the west coast of the USA.

It’s about 65km south-west  from Nagua, and last weekend and feeling adventurous we took a day trip there. [Read more…]

All the fun of the fair


Last weekend was the celebration of Altagracia, the patron saint of Dominica.  In her honour, the usual carnival festivities were observed, including marching bands, a carnival queen, blaring music, and a truly dangerous-looking funfair.

The big wheel looked like it was made out of meccano.  The few remaining stirrups on the merry-go-round horses looked scarily like butchers hooks.  Safety harnesses were only notable by their absence. [Read more…]

Juan Pablo Duarte


This Thursday (26th January) is a very important day in the Dominican calendar.  It is the birthday of Juan Pablo Duarte, one of the founding fathers of the Dominican Republic.

To better understand the reasons why this man is so celebrated, requires a short delve into the very colourful (and very painful) history of this country. [Read more…]