This blog post is dedicated to the students at Chelsea High School. Thank you for sending me some great questions about life in the DR!
There are many different types of food here. Dominicans eat a lot of rice, beans, and chicken.
A popular dish here is called Pastelón. This is a lasagna- type dish made with either plantains, yucca, or (in the case of this picture) eggplant.
Another common dish is called Sancocho. This is a type of soup where just about everything is thrown into the pot- plantains, potatoes, yucca, chicken, beef, etc.
Here in Jarabacoa, most things are close enough to walk to. However, people do use vehicles to get around. The most common form of transportation is motorcycle.
If you do not have a motorcycle or a car, then you might need to take a concho. A concho is a motorcycle taxi. You can find conchos waiting just about anywhere in the heart of town. If there are too many of you to take a concho, you can take a guagua, which is a taxi mini-bus.
Nature on the island:
Yes, I am living on an island, however the nearest beach is over 2 hours away. I am living in the mountains. There are 2 rivers running through this area, forming beautiful waterfalls throughout the region.
Since the DR is in the tropics, we have your typical tropical creepy crawlers. Cockroaches, ants, lizards, geckos, spiders, etc. I have only seen 1 tarantula since arriving here (thankful it has only been one) and one 3-inch spider that was crawling around my closet.
I hope this helps you get a little glimpse as to what it is like to live here. I will try to post more pictures in the future.