Dominican Republic

Mood Enhancement in the Dominican

March 19, 2009

A warm weather escape helps me get through the “LION” qualities of March. No really…not to have a mood altering experience when you are walking on thick Caribbean grass passing flowers like this…
Sitting in a comfortable chair listening to the waves crash for hours here….
Or here…
….or walking through a coconut grove with sand between your toes…WELL, it’s impossible.
And when each day comes to a close with a sunset like this….
You have to take the time to smile and be grateful!

To experience more of my Dominican Republic Adventures, visit the links below!

Photo Essay on AGUA
Road Trip
Waking Up
Self Portrait Stretch
Photographic Overview of the Dominican Republic

Also, don’t forget…it is “A Beautiful Life” Friday over at The Inspired Room . Take a few minutes to check out all of the post links you will find there. It is a great weekend treat!

ONE ROAD Trip - Dominican Republic

March 18, 2009

In the Dominican countryside, there is ONE ROAD.

The following photos were taken in a moving vehicle in a span of 15 minutes on ONE ROAD (their only road) at about 11:00am in the morning. There are so many subtleties to these photos which represent Dominican Life.

People, animals, homes, motorbikes and vehicles are shared with the main road.
Notice how close this home is to the road.

The morning school session had just dismissed as we drove through this small town.
There are so few schools in this part of DR that three sessions are held per day.
As a school aged child you attend EITHER morning, afternoon, or evening session. This schedule enables all children to attend at least some school.
In general, along the road you see a lot of people hanging out…
Passing the time away….
There are religious signs EVERYWHERE…..
With families of 4 and 5 riding motorbikes like this….
They need lots of prayers so that they don’t end up HERE…
One of the many cemeteries I saw on this short trip.


March 17, 2009

Some of the first few experiences that I had in the Dominican, involved AGUA.
Taking a shower in those first few hours was an EXPERIENCE. Our accommodations were wonderful, however, they had not been used for a while, and the water in the holding tanks smelled like ROTTEN EGGS. It took a few days to run through the “sitting water”. After spending some time studying Dominican life, I understood why the accommodations didn’t just run the water through before we arrived…water is a commodity on this island.
In order to drink the water as a visitor, you must stay where there is high-tech filtration. Even then, you need to be careful.
Hot water heaters are only in upscale homes in DR. Most locals shower and bath in cold water or head to the beach where spring fed water pipes run out the mountain shooting “COLD” clean water onto the sand.
Many Dominican homes have well water sources that look like this.
Since I have been home, I haven’t been able to go back to my old habits.
I have HAD to turn off the water while brushing my teeth…take shorter showers…and wear my clothes more than once. My goodness I am fortunate!

Dominican Republic Part 1 - The Overview

March 16, 2009

What a gift to experience the Dominican Republic. I was blessed to see DOMINICAN LIFE with a local resident. She introduced me to their wonderful landscape, took me to visit traditional Dominican homes and places only visited by locals. Additionally, she introduced me to some of her beautiful family and friends. I will spend the next week sharing these experiences one by one, but I thought you might enjoy a quick overview!

Dominican Republic from Shawn Stratmann on Vimeo.

Island Time

March 11, 2009


Being the type of person that doesn’t just “sit” very much, I must admit I am thoroughly enjoying doing a whole lot of NOTHING here in the Dominican Republic. Lots of time has been spent reading, sitting, laying by the pool…..dreaming.
Lots to share, but for now…sitting by the ocean with my morning coffee…

Until next time my friends!

Peacock Alarm Clock

March 6, 2009

Every morning in the Dominican Republic, I awoke to the sound of the Peacock Call. High and mighty he called from my balcony…to his lady friends…

Peacock alarm clock from Shawn Stratmann on Vimeo.

There is something about waking to the sound of a bird that puts a GIGANTIC smile on my face.


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