The Other Shoe…


Our fantastic trip to Santo Domingo had two purposes: 1) as a day out to celebrate the boys’ birthdays and 2) to let each of them chose a present from a bigger selection of shops than we have here in Nagua. We had a fifty per cent success rate. The day trip was amazing and everyone had a great time. Sadly, the shops in the area where we concentrated our search (La Zona Colonial) only ranged the same limited items as the shops in Nagua. Apart from new footballs for Ben and Zach from a sports shop we already knew of, our arms were not aching from the weight of our parcels as we climbed aboard the big yellow bus to begin our journey home. [Read more…]

Cumpleaños de Zach


We’re in denial.  We can’t quite believe that Zach, our youngest, our baby, is four.  Saturday was his big day.  He was, of course, very excited.  He wanted Friday to go quickly, so it would be his bithday sooner.

The day started early.  At around 5.30am a very excited Zach bounded into our room, presents in hand.  “Can I unwrap them, Dad?  Can I?  Mum, Mum.  MUUUM.” We were headed to Santo Domingo for the day,  so needed to be up at 6am anyway, so rather than shooing him back to bed with a weary “it’s too early”, we shook ourselves awake and enjoyed sharing his excitement. [Read more…]

Caribbean Cake


We had only been in the Dominican Republic 5 days when Katie celebrated her 5th birthday. We tried our best to celebrate in a style that she would recognise and had a little party on our balcony for all the people we had met in our short stay. We bought her an enormous cake from the local bakery and whilst it looked the perfect cake for a little girl – all pink sugary icing, flowers and fairies – it was fairly expensive (about £30) and was a big let down when it came to the taste test. [Read more…]