Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Links

Here are some interesting links for stories about the Dominicans or the Dominican Republic:

Gay.com has a story about the Dominican Republic, though much of the information is outdated and taken from my site a LONG time ago.

Travel and Leisure magazine has an excellent article about the Dominican Republic.

Brenda Revlon, the Dominican Transgendered Diva, has an interview on Clay Cane's blog. Very interesting. Go, Brenda!

Dominican Today has a little article on the Shoe-shine boys of the Colonial Zone.

The Village Voice has a great article about a former Dominican gang in Washington Heights (NYC).

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the links...great reading but.....A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS!!! Where are the Memorial Day photos??!!

Anonymous said...

I know that the Duque de Wellington is no longer in monaga's list of hotels, but is it still a place that gay guys still use? I walked by the place and it seems to be nice (at least the experior).

Anonymous said...

RUN don't walk!! Don't do it!!

Anonymous said...

What interesting reading. Today in NY the weather was HORRIBLE, cold and rainy, the worst! Then I read or went on to the links, and each one was SO interesting especially the Village voice piece. You are there and I am here, how do you stay so abreast? I tried to post earlier but there was a problem. Excellent man, excellent. Next time I am there I must introduce myself and buy you a presidente, or whatever it is that you drink. Peace. Cold yet informed, in NYC

John K said...

Anthony, thank you for the links. I have to cite you on the Jheri Curls--that was a gem! Of course it ended by citing gentrification, which we were talking about when I was down there. Where are the folks in Washington Heights supposed to go? And when the bottom drops out of this smoke-and-mirrors economy, which is built on ravenous borrowing from China, UAE, etc., what's going to happen to all the neighborhoods that were slicked up?

Anonymous said...

Anthony,

Thanks for the links. Some interesting reading. It has been quite some time since you did the interview with Lawrence. When do you plan to do another one? I enjoyed reading that interview and finding out what an exciting and varied life Lawrence is living. We look forward to more interviews from you with those who finally made the leap to reside in the DR.

Jim

Anonymous said...

Yes, gays still stay at the Duque de Wellington. I know of some who will stay at no other place. They have discouraged the bugarons from hanging around in the lobby and some other stuff, but it is a clean hotel with good security and you can take guests up. They will charge you 200 pesos for each visitor, but if you have a double room, you can take up as many as you want. They have to leave their ID at the front desk or no deal.

Mario Sessions said...

Does the beds at Duque de Wellington still sinks in the middle?

I hear its more like a family hotel now, you will have families with children in rooms next to you.

Anonymous said...

I still stay at the Duque and enjoy it. There are lots of gay clients still staying there and they are very accomodating to their gay guests. It no longer has the aura of a "gay whorehouse". Lots of interior renovation in the lobby and the rooms. Sadly the restaurant is the same slow old place. My last visit, they were making the place wireless for those with laptops.

Anonymous said...

Hola Soy Bolo-

Vivo en Sosua. Si queren conocerme hay que subir a Sosua :)

Anonymous said...

here's an interesting link on tours of brazil during black pride week. This tour is taking folks to Rio and Salvador. americasconnect

John K said...
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Anonymous said...

¿qué tá pasando en sosúa? He oído que esta ciudad tá lindo pero la mayoría de las chicas de boca chica se hubieron ido pa allá. ¿claro o no?

Anonymous said...

americasconnect is a better deal by far then the other one. Glad I decided not to go with the one for 9days-one day of travel included in the 9 (rip off)
folks need to compare, poster thanks for that tibit on americasconnect

Anonymous said...

hell yeah I agree americasconnect gives more for the dolla, more activities, meals, tours and days.

Anonymous said...

bahia heat is the same as dih2=rip off

Anonymous said...

Speaking of gay hotels, has anyone stayed at La Hacienda in Santo Domingo. It is near Arena Disco and belongs to the same owners. Inquiring minds want to know... Thanks for any information.

Mario Sessions said...

La Hacienda in Santo Domingo is a nice hotel they do charge a small fee for guest and if you can stand the muffled music from Arena because it is attached to the back of the Arena club. but a very nice place to stay

Anonymous said...

blog is tired for months and months
maybee time to retire

Anonymous said...

Mario,
Thanx for your reply on La Hacienda. I will be in SD in August, but based on your info will probably stay at New Yorker again. Anyway, I will go by La Hacienda just to check it out and see what's up. Stay well!
From Puerto Rico,
Rafael

Mario Sessions said...

You are welcome just looking out

Anonymous said...

I looked at the americaconnect, just to let you know there are alot of hidden cost. Like mama always says read before you sign.

But, from the comment of the poster I don't think he has ever been before! Oh , and by the way Brazil don't have a Black Pride!

Anonymous said...

Since Brazil is a black country I guess their gay pride is black gay pride by default. But clearly all brazileros are included. what are the hidden costs of their trip?

Anonymous said...

brazil's gay pride in salvador bahia has a strong black pride component. the americasconnect guy is from brazil and is a black brazilian. he's friends with the dudes who run the gay and black gay groups in salvador bahia. brazil does have a black pride day too when they celebrate the zumbi the rebel slave who created the free maroon community in the north. all this info is online btw

Anonymous said...

Who ever said Brazilians were black? Brazil was discovered by the Portuguese (who are white Europeans) and they brought black slaves to Bahia (where they discovered Brazil) from Angola, Mozambique and other African countries that were Portuguese Colonies. MOST of the Brazilians are white except in Bahia where 1/3 are black, 1/3 mulatto and 1/3 white with portuguese/european features. I have several dozen great Brazilian friends and all of them are white.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who is planning to go to the Bahia Gay Pride I wish you a good time. I went in 2001 for 16 days and although the trip was very long to get there and back I loved it. I have been all over Brazil 5 times and there isn't a bad word I can say. The Bahiano people were the mnost friendly and happy people I have ever met. Anyone who does not speak portuguese will have a very hard time communicating in Bahia. Rio & Sao Paulo have lots of english speaking citizens working in the tourism industry but in Bahia you will not find lots of english. Brush up now on your Portuguese. I am lucky as I learned portuguese from my lover 25 years ago so we are now both fluent in english and portuguese. Without having mastered the portuguese language we would have been lost many nights trying to find our way back to the hotel. I would recommend that you stay in the Barra area for gay life. If your hotel is not in that area you will miss out on much. The hotel for BahianHeat is nice and right next to Barra Beach. Not sure where the hotel is for the americaconnect tour but I would check it out carefully. Many hotels in Bahia DO NOT ALLOW you to bring Brazilian guests to your room at all. They have security to stop all visitors at the door and not allow them in unless they have a room. The only hotel in Barra that did allow guests to come into your room was the Grande Hotel da Barra when I went in 2001.

Anonymous said...

Such nonsense. Of course brazil is a black country. Now, south of brazil is predominantly white, but that's about it. You should visit sometime.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Brazil is a verrrrry long haul flight. 9 hours from NYC and 2 hours up to Bahia. Yes, knowing portuguese is very important because verrrry few brazilians speak or attempt to speak english. But, it sure is a good time. At least purchase a quick language translation book to help communicate.

Mario Sessions said...

portuguese is broken spanish hell Ill stay in Santo Domingo at lease I can speak spanish let alone portuguese.

Anonymous said...

The World is a Big place I think we can travel to more places than Santo Domingo. Even though I like it in the Dominican Republic ,I also like the see other parts of the world. And, no portuguese is not Broken Spanish although some words are similar the sounds and, pronucation is not the same. We Americans need to speak more than one language like most or countrys. It might broden and enhance your life!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I agree, Portuguese is not broken Spanish. In the same way as Spanish is not broken Italian.

...but it surely helps if you know Spanish because (from my own experience) native Portuguese speakers will understand some of the Spanish.

On the subject of language, I agree with the poster who commented how much better it is when you know other languages. Just knowing a few words of the language of your host country opens quite a few doors, specially bedroom doors.

Anonymous said...

I.. I... I won't say it. I just won't.