In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Founded in 1496 by
Bartolome Columbus, the brother of Christopher Columbus, Santo Domingo is the
oldest European city in the Americas. Some of its claims to fame is that it had
the New World's first paved road, its first hospital, and its oldest surviving
Let's take a look at the
Santo Domingo Plaza, located in the Colonial Zone.
People love to gather at outdoor cafes
If you want a cappuccino or a cold beer, or
even a meal, there are several outdoor cafes offering all that you might need.
With the weather in "perpetual summer," sitting outdoors under a shade umbrella
can be a relief from the heat.
The Dominican Republic is
known for its exports of coffee, cocoa,
tobacco, and sugar (which makes its
famous rum). We had a cappuccino and an iced macchiato while hanging out on the
plaza in the shade.
All of this had a very
European feel, like we were in Spain, France or Italy.
Hotel Conde de Penalba
The Hotel Conde de Penalba
owns the restaurant below and had very good food. Presidente beer, the
nation's most popular beverage, was served in an icy bottle.
People playing dominoes
under a shade tree
It's not uncommon to see a
domino game being played in a place where there is shade from the sun. Dominoes
is a highly popular game across the entire Caribbean and everyone from the youth
to the elderly play.
If you are new to the
island this is a great way to integrate yourself into the culture and see how
Beautiful Parque Colon
In the center of the Parque
you will find a statue of Bartolome Columbus. To the right is the first
Cathedral built in the Americas, named Catedral de Santa Maria la Menor.
The Plaza is a relaxing
place to hang out on a bench and pass the time.
Stone walkway at the Plaza
Not only are there cafes on the Plaza, but
there are other stores too, like a
cigar making business
and a museo de cocoa just off the main square where you can get free samples of
chocolate and cocoa tea.
Shoe shiners ready for
These men will shine your
shoes for a few pesos. Notice their specially painted boxes for their tools and
the benches on which they sit.
Shoe shine in progress
Here's a closer view of the
shoe shine process as well as the beautifully decorated boxes and benches.
Hot coffee vendor
Right around the bench from
the shoe shine guys, is this coffee vendor. You can purchase sweetened hot
coffee in a tiny plastic cup for 15 pesos or 34 cents. This man is here in the
mornings and then comes back after lunch. Locals purchase from him, since his
price is so reasonable and cappuccinos in the cafes cost around 90 pesos, about
This vendor is making sweet drinks from the
syrups he has stored in the Coca-Cola bottles. Pineapple, lime, strawberry, and
tamarind are some of his choices.
Segway tourist group
This tourist group is ready to be unleashed
onto the city as soon as they learn how to drive their segways. You will see
these segways around town and the police use them also.
Local Dominican band
We came back to the cafe for lunch later on
in the day and these musicians were still playing from the morning's coffee
time. The Dominican Republic is credited with creating and developing the
Merengue style of music so there was a whole lotta hip shakin' goin' on when
this band played their music.
Just spending some time in the shade on a
leafy plaza listening to live Latin music and having a meal or beverage was just
about the best thing one could do on this hot day. It was great! The food and
the entertainment came to us!
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