Yep the world’s in deep trouble. Really deep trouble.
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If Trump’s recent speech at the UN doesn’t make it crystal clear that all pre-election promises are null and void honestly you’re operating with the brain power comparable to that of a barnacle at low tide. Your brain is starving for nourishment; you’re not firing on all cylinders. All the attributes, the pieces fitting his campaign puzzle have been swiped off the table. Similar to a spoiled five year old losing in a game of snakes and ladders the pieces are scattered all over the floor none have come to fruition it’s game over!

If by now what should appear obvious still remains obscured if there’s any doubt the western nation is not only run by psychopaths but is populated by them I give a slight edge to the barnacle when it comes to gauging intelligence. On an IQ test I’ll place my bet backing the barnacle. At this stage after all that’s come about both politically and within the citizenry at this stage if you still find yourself undecided all I can ask is what more can it possibly take for you to recognize reality? [click to continue…]

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Hurricane Maria Deflected By Cabrera Natural DefenseHurricane Maria ran it’s course along the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, in a pattern similar to Hurricane Irma just a few weeks ago. So the big question for those of us that live in or have invested in Cabrera is how bad was Cabrera hit by these storms.

Watch this video to see first hand the impacts of Hurricane Maria on the village of Cabrera Dominican Republic.

As we have pointed out in earlier videos, while hurricanes brush by Cabrera, we are surrounded by some very valuable natural barriers that have spared Cabrera from the major impacts of these big storms. First, unfortunately for Puerto Rico, they tend to deflect some what the natural flow of hurricanes up just a little north of the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. The second major natural defense for Cabrera is the fact that it sits somewhat protected by surrounding little mountains. And finally, the third natural defense for Cabrera is the fact that it is not a low lying beach town subject to wave surges and street flooding as we typically see in the low lying beach towns. In fact ….

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Dominican Republic River BasinNow that Irma is past and as we wait for Hurricane Maria to pass by we have a little time to wrap another of our videos from our road trip through the North West region of the Dominican Republic.  This time we head down from Punta Rucia into the River Basin region just north of Jarabacoa.

As you will see from this little video, this is a beautiful region of the country.  Rolling hills and mountain foothills overlooking several large river-fed reservoirs.  These large lakes rival some of the lakes we remember from our home in Alberta, Canada.

One of the things you will notice when you visit this region of the country…..

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It has been quite a hurricane season in the Caribbean. First we dodged most of Hurricane Irma here on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic and hopefully we will miss most of Hurricane Maria. As you will see in this video, since 1851 when they started keeping records, the Dominican Republic has been hit by several hurricanes over the decades. In fact, historically, we average about one hit every 10 years or so. It turns out that most of the hard hits tend to be on the southern coast of the DR. The two biggest hurricanes to cause significant damage in the DR were the 1930 hurricane and Hurricane Georges in 1998.

In some ways we are pretty lucky in the village of Cabrera up on the North Coast. We tend to be somewhat sheltered by the mountains of Puerto Rico and several mountain ranges of the DR. It looks like Hurricane Maria will follow a very similar path and spare Cabrera from the worst of the impact.

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The picture is a representation of all nations. But If asking the question which nation will be affected the most. Then you’re looking at an accurate rendition .

I was welcoming some recent relocates to Cabrera when an interesting question was fielded in my direction. I’m assuming it’s because of the amount of foreigners I encounter they felt they’d receive a well-rounded viewpoint for an answer. At some point during our dialog one of them raised the question “Have you noticed there seems to be a change in the urgency in the need to prepare?” Seems I wasn’t the only one witnessing to the same scenario. When it comes to their Plan B several of their friends and acquaintances seemingly have placed it on the back burner. “Lately there seems to be a sense that all’s fine. We’ve somehow eluded the dark times and things are returning as before.”

Actually when the conversation approaches the topic of preparedness I too have noticed similar sways in the sense of its urgency. I always do just after the nation’s debt limit’s been raised to the next temporarily sustainable level. Habitually a couple of weeks prior to reaching the nation’s debt limit and you get the same old dog and pony show. First the Government threatens to walkout and second a short time later the ceiling is raised and so the rats return to feed. Yep all’s returning to the way it was all right. Actually it never changed and still for me the most unbelievable part of it is. You’re actually paying them for doing it! [click to continue…]

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Now that we have finished the clean up from Hurricane Irma, we can get back on finishing our videos of our road trip through the NW region of the island.  One thing that is evident as we head out of Punta Rucia toward Sabaneta, the roads are in great shape and there is obvious evidence of prosperity along our path.  This part of the country is relatively flat with a few rolling hills but we know that just down the road we will be getting into some of the mountains just north of Jarabacoa.

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The Rat Race Part 2

Now that Hurricane Irma has passed and most of our cleanup is completed I’m able to continue with part 2 of the Rat Race. Moving forward it’s the second aspect the “why we can’t just now” group that’s a bit more complex. It’s this second group that has several more variances accompanying it. More obstacles […]

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Cabrera Digs Out After Brush With Hurricane Irma

We were fortunate in Cabrera Dominican Republic because we only received a glancing blow from Hurricane Irma as it passed along the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. Actually we may have taken a little heavier blow in our house with about 5 trees down, including a major limb off of a huge bread fruit […]

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Hurricane Irma Preparations – Different Attitudes – Different Experience

Luckily Cabrera Dominican Republic ultimately did not get hit with the full force of Hurricane Irma, but who knew for sure in advance. These giant storms are serious matters and I suppose you can never be over prepared. It is interesting though to note how differently people in different countries cope with the experience. In […]

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5 Ways Cabrera Expats Are Prepared For Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma is a whopper Category 5 hurricane ravaging it’s way through the Caribbean, potentially aiming for Florida and the East Coast of the US. Even though it looks like Cabrera may be very close to the main path of this hurricane, in many ways the expats living on the North Coast of the Dominican […]

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