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Snapshot of the Dominican Republic – The official language of the Dominican Republic is Spanish, though Dominican Spanish is its own distinct dialect with different slangs and pronunciations than other countries. Most of the Dominican Republic’s primarily multiracial population lives in urban areas. There is much economic disparity, with upper-class individuals having lifestyles comparable to the United States, while the poorer people may not even have access to basic amenities. The Roman Catholic church is the dominant religion in the country; nearly 70% of the population belongs to the church, while about 18% are Evangelical, and another 10% have no religious affiliation. The Dominican Republic’s culture blends Spanish, African, and indigenous Taino practices. The fast-paced dance musical styles of merengue and bachata were created in the Dominican Republic. Rock and rap have also become increasingly popular, especially among the youth. Baseball dominates the country’s sports scene, though basketball and boxing are also popular. Dominican meals generally contain rice, beans, some type of meat, and a small salad. Lunch is the main meal of the day in the Dominican Republic. Another popular dish is sanocho, a stew that uses several kinds of meat. Flan, dulce de leche, rice pudding, and sugarcane are all popular desserts in the country.
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Straight from the Dominican Republic Santo Domingo West Missionfield:
What items were hard to get or not available?
“Pretty much everything was *available* in the capital, but SUPER EXPENSIVE”
What did you eat the most of?
“Rice, beans, peas, chicken, plantains, yuca..”
What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Pig liver? Not to crazy, but really gross…”
What was most surprising about the culture?
“Everyone is so loud, open, no boundaries, breast feeding in front of anyone without covering up…”
What advice would you give to someone going to the Dominican Republic Santo Domingo West Mission?
“Love the people!!! Yes they may seem crazy and loud, but they will become your family!!! Don’t let the time slip away from you!”
What do you wish you had known before you served?
“More about the Book of Mormon. Pretty much most of the world has the bible, so we need to teach them about what they don’t have, the Book of Mormon.”
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