2013 July 11 – Left USA, Entered Dominican Republic

Where is Andy Graham? I am on a cheap Caribbean island, staying in an AC, Wi-Fi, kitchen-equipped apartment I rented for U.S. $300 per month.

I have arrived in Sosua, Dominican Republic, a truly great place to hang out for a couple of months. Don’t get me wrong, I do not love DR, but I do I really love the American expat colony here in Sosua. The Americans that come for months are great, and the weekend warriors are just normal, annoying Americans.

Dominican Republic

I am paying U.S. $300 a month for an apartment with Wi-Fi, AC, stove, fridge, hot water, shower, etc. at Johnny’s place. I have a huge, flat-screen TV in my room with cable.

Sosua is the only destination on the planet where I can find an apartment-style room for the correct value by just arriving, no reservations and no plans. Room are easy to find anywhere on the planet; it is having a kitchen included that is difficult to find.

The way to eat what you want is to cook it.

For U.S. $300 per month, I have everything I need, and eating for U.S. $6.60 dollars per day is easy anywhere, unless you have the greedy glutton problem that seems epidemic. Sosua is, for sure, a U.S. $500 per month place – and fantastic on U.S. $1,500- 2,000. Try to empathize: Not everyone on the planet has tons of money. We all deserve the good life, some more than others.

I walked to the Playero Supermarket, and as best I can surmise, the cost of food there is 3-5 times more Walmart in Angola, Indiana. For example, a bag of frozen corn is 125 Dominican pesos (U.S. $2.93), and I can buy the same type of bag in Walmart for U.S. $1.

Notice how I got specific. That is my goal. But I could care less if you come here; it is best if the average American stays home. If they would outlaw rental cars, this place would be heaven. I think the car turns average humans into primitive, violent animals, whereas walking makes people saintly.

I am not in love with any place, but there are places on the planet I would rather be. Yet all destinations are money sensitive. New York City and Paris would be wonderful on a U.S. $1,000 per day budget, but West Africa on U.S. $20 per day is heaven.

I am on my way to Africa, and taking the long way, I go anywhere I want and search for groups of people who are not busy. It always makes me sad to hear a 50-year-old people say that they are busy. Fifty years of practice at living, yet they haven’t learned to manage their time and life. They need to be put out of their misery, or at least kept caged up inside USA culture and customs.

Note: I offer a U.S. $500 “Learn to Live Outside the USA Tour.”

If you pay me U.S. $500, I will help you come to Sosua and live cheaply, including helping you find an apartment, learn to walk again, and learn to love life. This is just my fee; you will pay your own expenses. But if you have U.S. $1,000-2000, you are in like Flinn. More or less, I help you adjust for a couple of weeks, meet you at the airport, and make life easier than you ever imagined.

Today is July 12, 2013. “To take advantage of this special offer,” come to Sosua, Dominican Republic, within next 30 days, or meet me in Africa later.

Andy Graham

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