|Concon - courtesy of elfogoncito.net|
- I can make concon (burn the rice) - a Dominican essential.
- When I see someone I know in the street I tip my head back and purse my lips, instead of saying hello.
- Having previously berated my cleaning lady for using so much Mistolin (disinfectant) and Chloro (bleach), I now do the same as it helps keep the flies away.
- I put liquid bleach into the washing machine along with washing powder to try and get the whites whiter.
- I love mangu (mashed plantains) and have withdrawal symptoms if I do not eat it 3 times a week.
- I usually eat with a spoon instead of a knife and fork - it is so much easier.
- I can wait patiently for hours in a queue at the bank or at the dentists.
- I shout 'dame' (give me) in the colmado rather than waiting for my turn.
- If I bake or cook something special I always take some round to my neighbours.
- I drink my coffee black with lots of sugar rather than white without sugar as I did before.
- I love batidas (fresh fruit, ice, sugar and evaporated milk whisked in the blender).
- I laugh much more and am far less stressed.
But there are some things I still don't do.
|Los patos river, Barahona|
- I don't go into the river with all of my clothes on.
- I don't feel the need to spit when I smell something bad.
- I don't take one antibiotic when I have a headache.
- I don't eat my avocado with salt.
- I don't use sazon liquido (liquid seasoning), sazon completo ( a powdered seasoning) and Maggi cubes (chicken stock cubes) in everything I cook.
- I don't watch Dominican soap operas.
- I don't cook the rice with a plastic bag on top of the pan.
- I don't put a plastic bag on my head when it rains and I still go out in the rain.
Anyone else turning Dominican or are other expats slowly becoming like the indigenous people in the country you live in?