Roadtrip (Part 3): Santiago and home

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Concluding the tale of our recent Roadtrip.  From Jarabacoa we travelled north to Santiago de los Caballeros.  Santiago is the second city of the DR. Leaving Higher Salto Jimenoa and Jarabacoa behind, the journey of 40 miles took us first back down the mountain road to the Duarte Highway, then northward..

Drivers in the DR at unbelievably impatient.  Horns are honked at the slightest delay.  Gaps too small to fit a bicycle are suddenly occupied by two cars.  Traffic lights seem largely to be advisory, not obligatory. So driving in a big city – in the rush hour, was a scary prospect. [Read more…]

Casa Cornucopia – our house of plenty

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They say that pictures paint a thousand words.  Well, let’s see.  We’ve just returned from a lovely 10 day stay in a holiday villa.  I’ve got a lovely new camera so took lots of photos – so instead of lots of words and a few photos, here’s lots of photos and a few words about our stay in Casa Cornucopia. [Read more…]

Los abuelos han salido

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We’re all pretty low today. After three lovely, lovely weeks, Granny and Grandad have left us to return to England. It was great having them here. The children love their grandparents dearly, and were very tearful at ‘goodbye’ time this morning.  For me these past weeks have been a reminder of all the great qualities that my parents posses – fast to praise, slow to criticise, with unending patience and boundless humility.

Still, the show must go on. It’s back to school tomorrow (for us all). There are shoes to polish, water bottles to fill and bags to pack. But in the meantime here are my happiest memories from the past three weeks: [Read more…]