Dominican Republic People

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Dominican Republic People – A Little Bit About Dominican People

Everything will be written below is my personal observations, my personal perception of people and the world.

I can not say exactly what kind of people Dominicans, there’s no way to describe all  Dominican Republic people in general. National doll “Limae” can describe people of the island very clearly. This doll is a popular souvenir among tourists. The doll is dressed in a national Dominican costume and colors. Such a souvenir you can find in any touristic country but it just seems so. There is one otherness in this doll, the doll Lima is a doll without a face. No, she is not the heroine of a horror movie. The doll symbolizing local people, people couldn’t come up with the face ???

Dominicans are very different with their color, characters, traditions, mentality and, as a rule, a standard of living.

The indigenous population is Taino Indians. They did not survive even the arrival of Columbus, some of the Indians were killed by Spanish colonizers, and the rest died because of diseases brought from the big earth. The population of Dominican Republic is a mix of Spanish colonizers and slaves brought here from Africa. As a result, all are mixed up, white Spanish liked black women so much and today most of the population are mulattoes – 75%, whites – 15%, the rest are blacks.

In this separation of skin color is not surprising in the Dominican Republic, even in passports there’s indicate the attitude to a particular racial group. In the field of social relations, there are still racial prejudices. But the position in society determines not only the skin color but also wealth. There is a proverb here, on the island of Hispaniola: “A rich nigger is a mulatto, and a poor mulatto is a Negro.”

Dominicans seem very nice people, mostly mulattoes, usually skinny and strong men, women are also racy with round shape asses and big breasts. Plastic surgery is very popular in Dominican Republic, as everywhere in Latin America, but most of the local beautiful ladies have their own natural limbs. The first impression of meeting Dominican Republic  people is usually pleasant. Everyone around is smiling, singing, dancing and doing it whenever they want to and not even necessarily with music.

Since the Dominican Republic is a coconut and banana republic, no one is never in a hurry anywhere, there is such a word of Trankilo (tranquility), locals live in a trankilo mode. There is a phrase made by locals “Tranquilo Con Donillo” (the name of the current president of the Dominican Republic), with Danila all is calm)). In fact, the island is really developing, new buildings are being built everywhere, schools of different levels are being opened, in the last 5 years tourism has had a very powerful leap, generally, everything is going on dynamically.

A simple attitude towards life and problems makes Dominicans very happy, for example, in 2009 Dominican Republic was on second place in terms of the world’s happiness coefficient. It has been proven a long time ago by scientists and experience that stress leads to illness, the average life expectancy of Dominicans is 72 years for men and 76 years for women.

Local’s attitude to any problems is like in the Dominican proverb: “if you have a problem that you can not solve, then you do not have a problem”. All you can do is to drink coffee and dance bachata. But alas, each medal has two sides and when “Tranquilo mode” is turned on against you and you have something to do quickly, be strong. Here everything happens horribly slowly, the service at a cashier in the store, service in restaurants, but generally everywhere in the service sector.

You, too, at least once fall under “Tranquilo mode”. Do you remember the proverb about a problem? For example, a light bulb burnt out in the room and you called an electrician, he came without a new bulb came to them, remember that your problem is also no longer his problem. Call reception again or go pass it, you won’t overthrow their mode, but you will keep your calmness during a holiday. Do not rush in paradise.

You are being devoured by the “Trankilo mode” when you have lived long enough in the Dominican Republic. Congratulations, you became a coconut or a banana???, it’s mean you became a proper local.

The main symptoms are:

  • Stop paying attention to slowness and time.
  • You can sing aloud and dance whenever and wherever you want.
  • You greet all passing by people.
  • Fried bananas or mashed bananas is a quite decent side dish.
  • You easily distinguish bachata from meringue.
  • The distance to the bus stop is irresistible without transport for you.
  • You are no longer frightened by local traffics.
  • You never wear socks, even with closed shoes.
  • If meal in the restaurant is left, you don’t hesitate to ask to take away.
  • You call everyone around my love and my heart.
  • The louder music, the better.
  • All women are equally beautiful.
  • You buy pills py pieces in a pharmacy.
  • You visit an ocean side just for a walk or to dine but not to swim usually.

The best local’s skill is always positive, to dance, to sing, to laugh loudly and to talk. There are almost no fights, locals smile and call each other – mi curation (my heart) and mia amor (my love). Saying hello straight away ask how are you. Moto Koncho (moto taxi), you will necessarily get ”Machuca” (beat each other on fist), with the words Hola (Ola – hello).

Education level or how Dominicans can blunt

Dominican Republic People

In a greater degree, Dominicans are not that smart people, although the education system itself is similar to the Russian one. Compulsory primary education here is 9 classes, then college or university. The situation is taking changes gradually for the better, but nowadays people are not from all areas, able to get to school. Most of the population of Dominican Republic live rather poorly, there are problems with employment and very low salaries. An average salary is $ 300 per a month. Many people have to work and take care of their sisters and brothers, therefore there is absolutely no time for study.

Because of the low education level, Dominicans often blunt. For instance, you bought something for 100 pesos and give the seller 500, the amount of change should be given you back will certainly be counted on the calculator, and also not all in the Dominicans can read and write.

There are much more educated people in large cities, such as Santo Domingo and Santiago and other large settlements. The quality of education in the Dominican Republic is on a very high level, diplomas of  Dominican Republic are quoted and appreciated almost in all over the world. On the island everything is fairly proportionate, the richer and whiter family, the more educated and modern they are.

Work in Dominican’s life and the attitude to money

Dominicans don’t like to work but they like money pretty much. You can solve almost any issue and a problem for money. The island has a very high unemployment rate, the most difficult and dirty work goes to Haitians. There is a colossally high birth rate, families can have up to 15 children in the Dominican Republic. Despite the high economic growth, the country is not ready yet to employ everyone. As it’s written above the average salary is $ 300 a month, the island is quite expensive and to live with this money is extremely difficult here.

Poor, but happy Dominicans are very friendly people. To be shy away from others isn’t accepted. People live one big family. Usually, lunch or dinner will be feasted to their neighbors. Dominicans constantly live in interaction – mutually beneficial and enjoyable for both parts. Perhaps because it’s not their characteristic to condemn people, they are rather inclined to sympathy and mutual understanding.

People in the Dominican Republic – Sexual relations

Dominican Republic People

Dominicans are the very child-loving nation. Most of the families here are with many children. Dominicans give birth very early because abortion is legally prohibited, and marriages are officially allowed from the age of 15 for girls and from the age of 16 for boys.

Dominican girls are considered to have reached adulthood at the age of 15 (the majority of Latin Americans became mature early enough). The holiday of entering into adulthood is called Kinseanera and is celebrated on the 15th birthday.

Dominicans are affectionate and generous with compliments. Once I heard how the Dominican translated Iglesias’s song from Spanish to English and announced it to a tourist in love. Dominicans don’t have complexes at all, they do like sex, despite the body shape they like to allocate it. Men here love all women and give them increased attention, thereby making them more relaxed and self-confident.

If you’ve been staring at curvy forms of a stranger (woman), her Muchacho (guy) will likely ask if his Chika has a cool ass. You will agree with him, wish him luck and you will both move on smiling. Of course, this behavior is influenced by culture, religion and Latin dances and music. The Dominican Republic gave us such sensual dances as bachata or merengue.

In general, Dominicans fall in love, willingly create families, give birth children and the more – the better. Abortions are officially banned in the Dominican Republic, and a large family there is a pledge of happiness and success – at least one shot??? Divorces are not very welcome in the Dominican Republic, families try to stay together and help each other in every possible way.

Music and Dance in the Life of Dominican Republic People

People in the Dominican Republic, not a day without music

Dominicans are a very musical nation. It’s absolutely normal if a person here sings or dances at work, even if it’s a salesman or a bank employee. Music plays an important role in Dominicans life.

Music is always incredibly loud, it is impossible to talk to local bouncers???, but a huge number of local visitors who come for a glass of rum and evening dances.

Prostitutes in the Dominican Republic are also frequent visitors of bouncers???. Not to notice them is impossible. No matter for how long I live here, I will never understand the charm of these establishments. There’s very strange music and very colorful characters visit bouncers???. Nevertheless, this is a part of Dominican Republic and to visit for a short while bouncer??? is still worth it. During the individual overview excursion of the nightlife of Punta Cana, we drop tourists there as well.

Dominicans are conservative in music, prefer Latin rhythms. Modern youth from big cities listen to more electronic and commercial music. About the nightclub life of Punta Cana.

Most Dominicans listen to their music. An older generation listen to bachata and merengue, youth prefer a more rhythmic region or a new style of El Dembow Dominicano. Music in the Dominican Republic is one of the main sources of energy and positive for local people, everyone here sings, dances. Singing during work can a cashier or a store salesman, or a bank employee. This is a common rule, if you suddenly want to sing in the Dominican Republic, do not hesitate, they will understand and listen to you with a pleasure, especially if you have a good hearing and voice.

The lottery and Dominicans dreams – what people in Dominican Republic dream about

All Dominicans dream of winning the lottery. You will find a kiosk with the name “Banka” in each, even in the godforsaken village. It is not a bank but a lottery kiosk. Dominicans piously believe in the honesty of this lotto and constantly and everywhere try to catch luck for the tail. This is the most cherished dream of any resident of the island.

If suddenly there was no luck with the loto, there is a spare option is to become a good baseball player. The best players of American baseball league are mostly Dominicans. Baseball is the most popular sport in the country, just like basketball. And football is gaining momentum and popularity only in last years.

Absolutely all teenagers dream of a motorbike. Firstly it is a transport, and secondly, give a lift a girl or earn a couple of hundred pesos as a taxi driver. Once the moped was bought, the first thing the Dominican does is unscrew the side mirrors, as they spoil the appearance of the iron horse. The motorbike is hanged with stickers, beautiful seats and some of the owners go too far with all these stuff.

Robbery and security in Dominican Republic

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I would not call Dominicans dangerous and aggressive. Here you rarely see a fight, arguments on the roads and so on. But the island cannot be named absolutely safe, poverty and availability of any drugs push people to do a robbery. Most often, these businesses are being smuggled out illegally by Haitians, where the standard of living is one of the lowest in the world. Here they can rob on uninhabited streets. Also, houses are getting robbed as a armed robbery as well.  You can walk around safely without being hung from head to feet with gold, in normal areas, at the normal time but still, you need to be slightly more alert.

People in Dominican Republic through the eyes of those living here – the conclusion

Dominican Republic people

The island is located on a completely different continent and local life, culture, religion and the way of living are totally different from ours. I can say for myself and for many other people who live in Punta Cana, everyone likes it here. Yes, of course, we are often nervous because of the slowness and absent-mindedness of Dominicans. We do not understand why we should promise something will be done in 5 minutes, if you know that this will not happen today, and to promise it will happen tomorrow, what can never happen. When Dominicans do so, they are driven by good motives, they do not deftly refuse to deny you. Dominicans are extremely worried if someone is offended. You rather be shown the wrong road and be given not a good advice, but they will never refuse to help.

The most popular resort with a lot of entertainment for tourists is absolutely boring and not interesting for people permanently living here.

Almost all of the tourists who visited the Dominican Republic, notice the friendliness and smile of locals. Dominicans like children are happy, they love to sing, to dance and to charge you with a positive. For a holiday locals are just perfect, and even for life, despite slowness and a slow processor, they are quite good neighbors. Once again, I remind you that there is only my own opinion and thoughts of my friends.

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