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.