The pros, cons, reasons, and explanations on why I got robbed in the Dominican Republic on March 21, 2012 in Luperon, a Hurricane Hole for Sailboats.
Why I was robbed?
1. I lived in a room and the owner and landlord lived in a different building. The thieves and attackers could attack, there was nobody to cause him long term problems.
2. People that drank alcohol excessively lived as my neighbors.
3. I lived alone.
4. I left the door unlocked, the door was open. I had a free WIFI signal coming in from the door, that is why it was open.
5. I was in a location where excessively drunk people sat, and could look at my room.
6. I had something to rob.
7. There were no easy tourists around to rob.
I have lived in 90 countries, and theft and violence is about specific neighborhoods and the culture of the local people. This has nothing to do with being poor, more about jealousy and greed.
I knew the Dominican Republic is one of the most dangerous countries to visit on the planet. This is my third time here, and all my Gringo friends are angry at me when I say,
"I have never been in a more dangerous city than Sosua."
"I have never been in a more dangerous country than the DR."
I witnessed a knife fight in the streets of Luperon, within the first 30 minutes of entering the city. I took this photo and made this video below.
Why do I say that the DR is dangerous?
1. I see more guns than any other place.
2. I hear real stories of Gringos being killed, this is the only country on the planet where I hear stories of Gringos being killed. Many stories, not just one, in Sosua there are many Gringos killed. Yesterday, when I arrived in Montellano, Sandra told me a Gringo was shot in the arm in this city, he was driving a car.
3. Locks on doors, the size and number of them is four times normal.
4. Gang culture copied from the USA music, the DR boys copy the ghetto culture, the clothing, the behavior of the rap music.
5. Brugal Rum is cheap, alcohol is everywhere.
6. 50 percent of the girls in the country are working, selling their bodies to earn money, morally corrupt culture.
Why am I here?
This is one of the few places, where I can take a break from working on my computer and go talk with people from the USA in English. I do not need to talk with naive tourist, hippie dippie conspiracy theory idiots, just men who want buy women, sort of normal.
I came here to wait for winter to end, and to work on finishing my first book.
Money is always an issue:
The cost of a room, the cost of 24/7 Internet is one of the cheapest on the planet, I get more for my 500 USD per month than any other place on the planet.
Generally, the DR people are worst, the Gringos are the best for talking, and the beach in Sosua is one of the best on the planet.
But, I would never bring a wife, family, or children to this house of ill repute.
What will I never do again...
Rent a room without the owner living in the same building.
Ignore the number of deadbolt locks on the inside of the room, the number of them should have helped me to know the room was in danger of being forcibly opened.
I plan to be robbed.
I am only trying to minimize getting robbed or killed. I volunteer to go to places, associated with bad people, and to travel in countries that have numerous problems.
Where do I want to be now?
If I had the money, I would be flying to Nigeria, then by land to Cameroon, Gabon and all the way to South Africa by land. That is what I want to do, but to save money, make money, advertise my book, I am going to make a USA Road Trip for from April 2012 for at least three to four months.
I am thinking about my friend Steve who has owns a boat in Luperon. Because he owns the boat, he is trapped, he cannot just move to another city. People that buy homes abroad are always trapped, they are held hostage by what they buy.
I never have to make the best of a bad situation, I can move away, because I refuse to buy a house, or own a car, and I am free.
Visas are easy, I am not sure why people think about Visas so much, if there is one thing for sure, the world wants Americans to come, spend money, and live. They do everything in their power to make it work. However, if you want to buy real estate, or work, then you are going to have visa problem. My advice, do not worry about visa until you know you like the country, which normally takes two years. I suppose, if you are becoming incapable of walking, or mentally slow, then maybe the visa is a more important issue. I will say, at 1500 meters above sea level, it is paradise. I believe Vilcabamba, Ecuador is at this level, Medellin, Boquete, Lago Atitlan.
Yes, that would be a horrible problem. If you entered a country, lived for a few years, then was forced to leave at say age 80, the transition back to the USA would almost not be possible. I am quite sure welfare and others would care for a person, but this is not the plan.
I will say this, it is rare, extremely rare to need to prove you have a Visa. I know people who live in Guatemala for 10-20 years without a visa. Generally, there is no Visa police, it is about the same as the USA, you can live illegal forever providing you have money.
Andy, Im sure this will be edited, but itll be posted in lots of other places. Your assessment that 50 of the DR women are selling their bodies needs revision. You could face a lot of trouble in the island, from local tourism authorities and institutions, for lying like that about the morals of a nation. Its true that some poor areas face such problems, but not 50 or anything as such. I am Dominican from a decent family and I know the country well, in numbers and statistics. If you really like the country you better be careful because local institutions might get you into legal trouble if this makes it into the news, specially with upcoming elections. Care to edit before the lion rears its ugly head?
Correction: I meant 50....
please add the percentage sign to the 50...this post cant seem to take it!
Yes, youre right. But if you say 50 of the women of a country are hookers, it better be true because you will be asked for proof, or face legal consequences. Democracy and the right to speak must be exercised with respect.
By the way, the number you need for a solid assessment could be 1.8 percent of the total 8 million population of the DR. Now you know what I mean when I say local groups and government will not like that kind of false reports and you could be labeled as persona non grata forever, with legal reasons. Respect and thou shall be respected.
This is what I call a "Semi-Pro" culture, and for sure 5 percent of the USA women trade favors for indirect money. I stand by my percentage, and truly do not care if I ever return to the DR, and all you Expats trying to hide the dirty laundry of this country are keeping it backward. You are not doing the country a favor by hiding reality.
Last week in Sosua, the Monkey Bar got robbed, and person died. They locals also as I understand, shot a man with cell phonene, then the Monkey Bar owner shot one robber, now they want him to pay 30k to the jerk who died. (I did not read this, but is in the Adsense newsletter, to check the details, I do not get it yet.
Last week my friend Ana got robbed at here office.
Last week in Montellano, a person reached into a car, pulled off a necklace and shot an Expat in the arm.
What you expats are trying to ridiculousdiculous, and juvenile, then you threatenthreaton me, a person who wants the place to evolve and come clean, the country is 30 years behind the rest of the planet on corruption.
But then again, the men who come to the DR are not of good moral values, they are the bottom of the barrel too.
When, In Search of Chicas is the number one source of information you got to think...
Amazing, this is an adult only island, it is not for families.
50 percent of the girls in the country are working, selling their bodies to earn money, morally corrupt culture.