Personal Stories from the Caribbean

Boca Chica Carnival, Las Terrenas, Cuba, Music, Cigars, Rum, Pirates

Boca Chica Carnival D.R. February 23, 2013

The Carneval de Boca Chica is the friendliest, most accessible, most open, most people friendly, free for all of a parade and carnival celebration I’ve ever participated in... continue


Las Terrenas

Las Terrenas is a lovely little town with good accomodations in the north-western side of the Samana Peninsula, right in the middle of some of the best known Dominican Beaches, 15 miles of tropical paradise, easy to enjoy, and with many interesting daily excursions available. Since the new highway is done, It takes just 2 hours to reach Las Terrenas from downtown Santo Domingo... continue



Havana, Cuba, an intriguing city, frozen by Fidelism in 1959, much as old Prague was frozen by Stalinism, and Venice finished by Renaissance wealth in the 16th century. The old streets are quiet. One can hear the life of the city, people talking, music, a sense of tranquility, absence of automobiles, yet there the life and vitality of a cosmopolitan, energetic and visually tunning though decrepit city... continue


Dating Dominican girls

Boca Chica is alive year round, but from late November to April the town really sizzles. The Bars, Discos, and Beach Clubs are filled with guys and gals looking to hook up day and night. Santo Domingo is a town for all seasons. Like New York, the nightlife never sleeps... continue


Music in Caribbean

To imagine a silent Caribbean world would be like drinking flat champagne, unbearable as chalk screeching  on the blackboard. Here everything pulses with sound: women chatting in the markets or a salon, incessant blowing of car horns, animated and theatrical discussions over dominos or beer, thunder during sudden downpours, and children playing in the streets. Sounds and correspondent colors are always in the air ready to be inhaled... continue



We do not know exactly when tobacco was grown and smoked for the first time, but we know it was in the Caribbean and Central America. The first records of tobacco use come from the Maya. As the various tribes migrated they took the custom with them... continue



Rum in English, Rhum in French, and Ron in Spanish began as a Romani word “rum”, meaning "strong" or "potent. In Pirate slang it became "Rumbillon” for a drink inciting violence, tumult, and uproar. It was re-contracted in English to mean “the best" as in "having a rum time."... continue


Caribbean Pirates

The allure of Pirate stories is resilient and robust as witnessed by the international popularity of Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. But there are fascinating and perhaps true stories as well! Piracy is a very ancient profession.” ... continue


The oldest profession in the world

Prostitution is commonly referred to as "the oldest profession in the world," something that has always existed and always will exist in every corner of the Earth. Paying for sex, paying for the illusion of love is eternal... continue