Like most who return from a first-time trip to Cuba, I’ve struggled to write about it. I’ve struggled even as the cultural visitor that I was, on a people-to-people tour. In essence, a tourist like everyone else. The truth is that I had no plan to post anything on my blog at […]
I survived La Vega Carnival, by far the most crowded and popular of all carnival parades in the Dominican Republic. Considered to be the oldest running, La Vega–located 20 minutes south of Santiago–is known for its diablos cojuelos or limping devils and their intricate costumes and dramatic, bejeweled masks.
While the rest of the world is done with carnival celebrations, the Dominican Republic is still in the thick of its weekly parades. There are four Sundays to go in different parts of the country — including the grand finale in Santo Domingo in early March. Last Sunday I attended […]