Dominican Republic

Sunny Salutations

Sunny Salutations

By Jackie Leavitt I wake up in bed and feel all of my muscles tight. I’m stiff all over. I stretch my arms up and crack my wrists — not something I can usually do. Yoga time, I think as I drag myself up and […]

An Island is a Snowflake

An Island is a Snowflake

Or How Each Caribbean Island Differs From One Another By Jackie Leavitt When I flew into the Dominican Republic in mid-March two months ago, it was the first time I had set foot on any Caribbean island. My perception of this area came from Internet […]

Through the Lens: Dominican Republic

Through the Lens: Dominican Republic

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A Lobster Tradition

A Lobster Tradition

By Jackie Leavitt Logan swaggered from the crashing waves toward our small group standing on the beach edge of one of the Seven Brother islands off the Monte Cristi coast in the Dominican Republic. He clutched in one hand a long, yellow spear with three […]

The Guagua Life

The Guagua Life

By Jackie Leavitt The woman’s thigh cushions me as I rock slightly from side to side in the guagua bus, holding me in place like a reassuring hug. In the U.S., it would be a stranger’s slight invasion of personal space, but here, it’s comforting. […]

A Caribbean St. Patrick’s Day: Cabarete

A Caribbean St. Patrick’s Day: Cabarete

By Jackie Leavitt White wine will always remind me of Boston. Not the usual association, I know, but when I lived there in 2010, that’s when I actually started to drink it. Years before, I had begun enjoying wine on the darker side of the spectrum, with […]

The Chimera: Puerto Plata

The Chimera: Puerto Plata

By Jackie Leavitt There’s a relief from the stinging air that has been running to the back of my throat. The car and motorcycle exhaust that floats through Puerto Plata’s streets clears up as the wind whips it and my hair past my face on […]