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DOMINICANISMOS: How Dominicans Speak

My students often joke that I speak four different versions of Spanish and English: their prestige versions, a southern Dominican dialect, and an English a friend likes to call “urban vernacular Dominican-inflected Spanglish.” While I teach prestige English and Spanish I have a deep-rooted love for my dialect and “non-standard” English. They are my default, …

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Picture from Loren at Ethical travel is more than just not riding the elephants, buying local, and trying to choose our words carefully; its a commitment to being uncomfortable, accountable, and to giving the people in the spaces we visit agency over their own bodies, lives, and stories. Socially responsible tourism shouldn’t just be …

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The Negative Impact of All-Inclusive Resorts

Picture by Social Zealot All-inclusive resorts are often sold as a cheap, safe, zero-hassles travel option and conversations about the cons usually revolve around how bad the food is or how little contact there is with local culture. But the negative social, economic, and environmental impacts of all-inclusive barely get any mainstream attention despite the …

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For several years, GoKite Cabarete was the only Dominican-owned and run kite school in Cabarete. The team is made up entirely of local boys, except when high season demands exceed the local supply of instructors. info@GoKiteCabarete | | +1 829.644.8354 Go Kite Cabarete Richard, the owner of GoKite Cabarete, tells me there is enough …

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The Myth of Cabarete’s Discovery CABARETE TIMELINE PRE-1492: Four thousand years before European contact, the Taíno people come up from the Orinoco and sail into the Caribbean Sea. They inhabit the island and split it into five chiefdoms. Maguá is the Chiefdom in which Cabarete is located. 1492: The arrival of the Spanish sparks indigenous resistance. Within years the Taíno population is …

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Accesibilidad Local: Precios Diferenciados en Cabarete

Frecuentemente me he sentado en la playa almorzando sólo para recibir la factura y darme cuenta de que en ese corto tiempo había gastado más del salario diario promedio en Cabarete (para los dominicanos). Levanto la vista y me doy cuenta de que soy uno de los pocos dominicanos con ese privilegio. Mis otros compatriotas …

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When Tourism Erases Instead of Elevates

Photo by Social Zealot I recently saw a promotional tourism video aimed at taking viewers through a virtual tour of the five major regions of the Dominican Republic. The video, like the DR, “has it all”—sweeping, panoramic views; crystalline waters and white sand; smiling white tourists…everything except for Dominicans (putting the last few minutes aside …

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