Hola y bienvenido de nuevo!
I am almost to my one month mark of living in a new country & boy what a ride! Even more exciting news, after living out of my three suitcases and sleeping on a couch for three & half weeks (thanks Mama Wilvia!) I finally got the keys to my new home!
When you Google “Where to visit in the Dominican Republic” you will see all sorts of links and ads pop up about visiting Punta Cana, Santo Domingo, Puerto Plato and other bigger tourist spots. Rarely do you see, “Visit Cabrera!” (& that’s why I love Cabrera). But if you stop in the small town of Cabrera, you will find an array of beautiful beaches, green green mountains & the most amazing people. You will also find luxury ocean front villas and the Amanera hotel nestled with in more than 2,170 acres of pristine Caribbean jungle, overlooking the golden sand beach of Playa Grande.
Living in a small town like Cabrera, has already changed the person I am in such a short period of time. The sense of community here is unlike any I’ve seen back in the states. We have had a lot of rain recently and with that a lot of dirt roads and even paved ones have been washed away. Instead of these people waiting on the government to rebuild these roads, they work together to throw rocks and dirt to create some kind of crossing for everyone to get to their homes from town. I watched men helping women and children get across the river to their homes and then continuing for hours to work in the hot sun, laughing and enjoying each others company while rebuilding their neighborhood’s roads. You go to the local colmado (a tiny “grocery” store) and if you don’t have enough money to pay, they create a tab for you to pay when you can.
The people want to help each other here and try to as much as possible. The locals I have met, some not speaking any english, try every day to help me with my Spanish as I try to help them with their english. If it weren’t for being immersed, my learning of the language would be a lot slower. The biggest thing to remember when learning anything new is patience. Getting frustrated or giving up won’t get you to the goal that you want to achieve, so one must always have patience when learning and wanting to grow.
Im constantly asked, “What do you do for work?” I created my own future by figuring out what it is I’m passionate about and turning that into my niche. I love photography, writing and learning more about anything and everything. Just by creating this blog for myself & whoever else followed along, opened new doors for me here in the Dominican. I love being able to meet all sorts of new people and even more so to enjoy mother nature while doing it. I’m now running marketing for multiple businesses in the US & here in the DR, while also being able to set my own hours.
I want to leave you with one last piece of advise. Treat those you love with all the love you can give, follow your heart and do not fear making a mistake and finally continue to live a life that you’re proud of. I may not be making as much money as I could working in a corporate business back home, but my soul and heart are so much happier living a simple life on this beautiful island.
Saludos mis amigos!