After living in paradise for a couple of months, and having experienced the rich cultures and life on an island, we are slowly getting a better picture.
Living in paradise sounds really good, but you need to have some “balls” to do it. I’ll tell you why in this article.
When we moved to the Dominican Republic, we noticed that almost all the houses and villa’s had guard dogs. We knew that this was the best protection against robberies and safety. We bought a puppy with the knowledge of our dogs weren’t up to the task of protecting us, because they are socialized. The puppy’s name is Maya (again a Goddess name) and her father is a big Mastino Napolitana while the mother’s a beautiful Fila Brasileiro. Maya would be the one to scare the bad people at the front gate when she grows up.
Buddha and Shiva are doing fine and having the time of their life. Usually I take them for a swim in the pool 1 or 2 times a day. They really love it and that way I burn some excess calories from eating bad. Luckily their skin is getting better because we treat them with medicines. But time will tell if they can go without any treatment.
After 3 months living in the red villa we knew our location was bad and to reach resources like the groceries stores, gas station and downtown faster, we had to move closer. So we contacted some people in hope to find a new house. Luckily we did very soon and hooked up with a real estate agent. She took us closer to town and uphill where it should be cooler and better located. Both Chantal and me were very happy with the new house and moved in a month later.
In the meanwhile, I got really sick and got the Dengue fever. It took me 3 weeks to recover from it. After feeling sick, I went to a private doctor. He said that I didn’t have the Dengue fever and hooked me up on Vitamin B12, some fluids and anti-biotics. I felt better for a couple of days and started training. Also began my first cycle since November last year. I was training hard and was motivated but still had a light fever. After a week in my cycle, I got sick again. High fever, and had a nasty rash all over my body. My energy wasn’t aligned. Even going to the toilet was a task. My body wouldn’t do what I wanted. So, after a couple of days I went to the hospital downtown and got my bloodwork tested. The doctor told me he couldn’t find any side effects of the dengue virus in my blood. A side effect in the blood would be a noticeable change in the white blood cells.
Off course, due to my steroid intake, which really ups the white blood cells, this wasn’t noticeable. But my rash in the end told me it was the freaking Dengue. I got better after a week.
In the meanwhile, Chantal moved all our stuff to the new house all by herself. I was and felt pretty useless at the time. A lot of respect for Chantal not bothering me.
The new house was in pretty bad condition, but location was perfect. The landlord promised us a lot of things. And some of them he fulfilled soon and others he just didn’t. Here in the Dominican, when you rent a house, you can rent it fully furnished. Our second house wasn’t fully furnished and we had to wait for a lot of stuff like a washing machine or the pool pump, which had to be repaired and more.
All these time I felt good in the house, but for some reason it just wasn’t home. I felt like I couldn’t decorate it and had to stay off the furniture and not move it.
After only 2 weeks in the house the landlord told us that people were coming to have a look and probably buy a house. The house was on sale for years now and it really pissed me off, because I didn’t want to move again. So these people came in and looked around. I just saw the face of this nice lady. Her eyes told me that she loved the house and would buy it. When they left I told the landlord that they would come back and buy the house. I just don’t want to move again, because we bought a fridge and some other stuff. He said “No, don’t worry about it. They won’t buy it”. And guess what? They came a week later and bought the house! After only 3 weeks in our new house and we had to move again… darned.
After talking to the landlord, he said “Don’t worry, I understand your situation and will try to find a new house for you. If you want, you can move out whenever you want and I will give your last month rent and deposit back!”. Duh, obviously! So a couple of days later he got us in touch with a nice couple. They have a big villa just 50 meters besides our house. I knew that Chantal liked this house very much from the outside.
So we had a look inside and well, let’s say we found our home! Have a look below for a full tour and tell me what you think of the house.
We moved in on 1st of May. We had some problems with the previous landlord who was really an ass and gave us such a hard time with getting the rent and deposit back. Like the previous tenant, he tried to take our deposit by telling us that we damaged the house. The stuff he did was really crazy. At the end he payed us and now he has to live in the house and move his stuff till the new owners arrive. Which is somewhere in June.
Now we live very happily with our ever expanding family here. Wanted to tell you guys we feel very blessed and the stars are aligned for us. Big things are coming our way; I just can feel it. Besides marrying my love Chantal and having our dogs, I feel like I made the best choice coming here.
Life here’s really cheap. For example, water costs next to. Our electricity bill is around 20 US DOLLARS every month. In Holland it was 170 EURO’S up front. Healthcare, which is on par with Holland and the best in de Caribbean, costs about 40 US DOLLARS a month. You’re covered for almost anything. Think about that!
Besides that, instead of cooking your meals at home, it’s almost cheaper to eat outside in a restaurant. A really good and expensive meal for 2 would cost you around 30 US DOLLARS. Drinks included! That’s crazy, because when you compare it to dining in a restaurant in Holland would you cost at least 60 EURO.
Off course, I have a lot more to tell you, but I’ll save some for next time. J
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