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Category: Dominican Republic

Ginnie Bedggood - author of Quisqueya

A Tribute to Ginnie Bedggood (1943-2010)

Ginnie Bedggood, author of the excellent Quisqueya: Mad Mad Dogs and English Couple, sadly passed away on 3 June 2010. Here's Kay's personal tribute to her.

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Quisqueya - Ginnie Bedggood's excellent account of expat life in the Dominican Republic

Quisqueya

Dave reviews Quisqueya, Ginnie Bedggood's account - at turns funny, candid and hard-hitting - of her first eight years as an expat in the Dominican Republic. Compulsory reading for any expat planning to move to a developing country!

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Can I count your vote? – Dunno, can you…?

"Photos of the worthy aspirants were included because not everyone can read. Even then not all could see: one elderly lady held her voting paper up close to her eyes and remonstrated with her daughter, 'Hey! You didn't tell me I voted for Baldy.'" Ginnie Bedggood looks at the often chaotic count in the 2006 Dominican Republic elections.

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Glitz, bling and merengue

"Candidates do not canvass door to door here. Instead they have 'caravans' – motorcades with the candidate sitting on the roof of an SUV via the sun roof, surrounded by supporters in a procession of vehicles. Plus the ubiquitous mobile ghetto-blaster, of course." Ginnie Bedggood takes a wry look at election campaigning DR style!

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Don’t bring Wigan with you! – Part Two

"Most decent expats are far too busy to spend hours daily propping up an expat watering hole. So if you "accidentally" come across bar-room wisdom from someone who seems to have all the answers, contacts, friends in high places etc. to make your transition to your new life really easy... find out from the bar staff how often they frequent the place and then ask yourself why they do not appear to do anything else." More salutary advice from Ginnie Bedggood on how to prepare for that move to the DR.

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