El Prodigio comes to town

El Prodigio

Saturday Night.  We had two of the hottest tickets in town. We had a babysitter (Ana Luz), a driver (Jesus, of school Cafeteria fame) and were all set for our first night of dancing in many years!  El Prodigio, described as the Merengue Accordian Sensation, was playing Nagua, and we were going to be there. [Read more…]

Mysogynists, Motorbikes & Mayhem!

Motor mayhem

Two months in and just thought I would share a few observations about la vida loca that is now our own!

Heat – yes it’s hot. Very very hot.  But the heat seems to come as a daily surprise to the locals and they are always complaining about the heat. The temperature doesn’t vary much throughout the year; pretty much a steady 90 degrees daily but it does make the locals quite lazy, especially the school children. They certainly don’t want to do any PE (running about, I don’t think so!) so quite a few of them are overweight and if the fans are not working at school during one of our many daily power cuts then that presents the perfect excuse for downing pencils and going to sleep at their desk! Given that all the fans do is circulate the hot air their absence makes no/little difference to the temperature inside the concrete box that is the classroom. None of the kids or teachers walk to school (apart from us) even though most only live about 5 – 10 mins away. They all hop on the local taxi service – a motorbike or scooter complaining it is too hot to walk anywhere! [Read more…]