An Invitation I could Not Refuse
Pictures Taken on: November 20/2018 – Located about 5 minutes away from Downtown Sosúa by car (12 minutes or so on foot).
The beaches, the excursions, and all that tourist stuff are nice, but for me personally… experiencing the local culture and being among the people, seeing how they live life day to day is what my travels are also about. So when my good friend invited me to lunch in his new home as soon as I arrived on day 1 – I said yes without hesitation (and as you can see, the house is still under construction).
To protect my friend’s privacy, I will not reveal his name or picture publicly, but I met him on my first trip to Sosúa. He is a humble family man, 2 kids – 1 boy, 1 girl and a wife. The boy is… 19 years old, and the girl will be turning 18 years old this year (2019). He is a taxi driver by profession, and works very hard to provide for his family. Contact me personally for his contact details if you need a taxi, I will give you his WhatsApp. He’s based in Sosua, but can drive you anywhere.
It was an invitation I could not refuse, even though I was tired and had spent over 6 hours flying. As of now, the home is still very simple, all 4 members of the family sleep and live in a “studio apartment” type of space… living room, kitchen, dinning area are all together. A humbling experience, but I loved the simplicity. The peace and quiet.
On the menu: rice with meat (rice is very popular in the Dominican Republic). I gladly and humbly ate without hesitation, and it was delicious!
My Quick Observations
Family is very important in the Dominican Republic. Community is important. You can see and sense the closeness between them. They don’t have much, but they are very close. They are there for one another. Unlike in the West, “individualism” among people/family is rare in the Dominican Republic. People stick together and look out for one another (for the most part).
An experience I will never forget. I look forward to going back just to see how much progress he has made on the house and how they are doing.
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