Aguilas Win!!! 2007 Playoffs!


I was for Licey!


Too bad for me!



I wonder what would have happened if Licey would have won?!



Total Mayhem!


There must have been a thousand bikes. Everyoine was jumping up and down on them.


You should have been here to feel the beat. The music was so loud my chest was thumping!



People were shouting, screaming, whistling, blowing their horns, waving banners and showing their pride.


Thsi is a parade right after the victory.



This is in Las Terrenas…no where near the action so to speak, but the Baseball fever was high!



Aguilas win!! Aguilas win!



Quality Education takes Priority in The Dominican Republic

The Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development  celebrated its first anniversary by organizing a day-long Economic Perspectives Seminar. At the seminar, it was determined that the most important item to recommend was to increase spending on education. What they are hoping to do is to ensure a quantum leap in the quality of Dominican Education.

Economic consultant Carlos Asilis emphasized that there was a call for improvement in the quality of education  in the DR. Former Central Bank governor Bernardo Vega cited education as the DR’s greatest opportunity. He stressed that the DR cannot keep up with the competition with the way things are now. He warned that unless changes are quickly made, Cuba, who has a highly educated populace will take even more business. High wages but unskilled labor has already resulted in a loss of manufacturing income.

Former Central Bank governor Carlos Despradel said that ultimately, to realize superior productivity in the workplace, essential improvements in the educational system are necessary. Isidoro Santana also said that increasing social spending to elevate human skills should not be restricted to producing misinformation about government spending on education. Santana said that the country’s supreme disappointment is that while international surveys show the dismal assessment of education in Dominican students, the general public seems to be happy with what it is receiving. He surmises this is just an indication of the general population’s low level of education.
Respectfully yours,
DanDannyDaniel Hussmann
Skype Address – dlhussmann
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Las Terrenas, Samana, Dominican Republic

Health care

Health care is an issue all of us baby-boomers (wow, lots of booming going on here!) have on our minds. I can tell you from personal experience health care here is pretty darn good and very cheap. I personally have had some minor stuff done…a pretty serious burn and a sever bronchial problem that were taken care of rapidly, efficiently and cheaply. I know of a girl that had a miscarriage and she was quite satisfied with her treatment. My friend Monchey had a hernia repaired and my friend John had a gall bladder removed…all here in Las Terrenas!
My dental work was spick and span and cheap. A rear-lower molar root canal was quoted to me in the states at “at least $1,500”. Mine was $300 here and the office was full of modern equipment and complete with a University of Wisconsin Dental School diploma on the wall.
Respectfully yours,
DanDannyDaniel Hussmann
Skype Address – dlhussmann
blog URL is
Las Terrenas, Samana, Dominican Republic

Emerging markets

I studied emerging markets for over a year. I read everything I could read, I attended seminars in many cities, I even went for five days to the National Association of Realtors convention in New Orleans. This was held in November ’06.

While at this convention, I spent my entire time in the International Pavilion. I looked at Real Estate opportunities in every nook and cranny of our globe. I took this stuff back to my room at night and poured over the literature and I kept narrowing my choices down…and kept narrowing and kept narrowing…until…

I landed here, in the Dominican Republic…and not only here, but on the Samana Peninsula on the famed North Coast. I believe this to be one of the top 2 or 3 Real Estate opportunities in the world today and that it’s close (< 2 hour plane ride from Miami) proximity to the US definitely puts it at number one for anyone in the Western Hemisphere.

I’ve been living here off and on for nearly a year now (first trip February, ’07) and permanently since mid July, 2007 and you know what I’ve discovered?? I’ve discovered that almost everything I studied, read and heard has come true.

I was told we would have a new International Airport…well, we have one at El Catey. American Airlines is already doing daily flights there from Miami (via Puerto Rico) and I just heard this week Jet Blue has direct flights from New York!

I was told we would have a new road connecting this new airport to Las Terrenas and the Samana Peninsula and it has already been cleared.

I was told we would have a new road connecting the capital of Santo Domingo in the south to the Samana Peninsula and though it is not paved entirely people are already driving it. This cuts what was about a 4 hour drive down to about 1 ½ hours!

I was told we would have new golf courses and several are already being built and several more have been approved.

I was told we would have a marina and land has already been purchased, cleared and even rivers moved. Talk about your Dubai-like scale!

I was told we would see an increase in Cruise travel and that is happening. We went from 2-4 cruise ships a week in season to now over 10 a week.

I was told we would have new water treatment facility and pipeline and that’s 75% done.

I was told we would have new sewer treatment and city sewer and that’s nearly complete.

Other things like Fee Simple Land title (you actually OWN your purchase), awesome tax benefits, new medical and dental facilities, American Engineering firms, Architects and designers all flocking here. Environmental obligations are being embraced. Education is at the top of every politicians mind.

And The Donald says it’s pretty good too. He sold over $300,000,000 USD at has Cap Cana project in JUST ONE DAY!!

Check out the other articles in this BLOG for more details. Look at the “Why Buy Here” piece, the Forbes Magazine articles, the Wall Street Journal article.

If you are still doubtful then you need to come on down…heck, you need to come on down anyway. “We’ll leave a light on”.

Right after I arrived the first trip I was introduced to Bruce Pierson and the fine people at DR Paradise and DR Caribbean Real Estate ( and respectively). They are an excite group of people completely knowledgeable after over 8 years serving the Dominican Republic and the Samana Peninsula.

Please call or write…we’re very happy to help with travel arrangements!

Respectfully yours,
DanDannyDaniel Hussmann
Skype Address – dlhussmann
Las Terrenas, Saman, Dominican Republic

Bring your coats!

If you’re visiting the Dominican Republic this winter please bring any and all old jackets, coats, mittens and scarves you can part with. You can bring them directly to us in El Paseo Mall in Las Terrenas or take them yourselves to the mountain town of Constanza.

Reports are that temperatures are just a few degrees above freezing in the morning. The people living in and around this area will certainly appreciate having them. Can you imagine snow-capped mountains in the Caribbean? Strange isn’t it.

Midnight temps linger around nine degrees, but have recurrently dropped to the six degree mark. Many residents say it gets much colder and even without the benefit of temperature gauges, I can certainly feel for these people!. They often report riverbanks, ponds, lakes and puddles frosting over, sometimes with a fairly hard freeze.
Francisco Radhames Perez, a farmer, estimates that he has seen hard freezes four times already this year. This part of the country is always known as the coldest area and several days of below freezing temperatures have already been recorded.
Duarte Peak is the highest in the Caribbean and I have been told many times it is snow-capped year around. However, there is no weather measuring equipment there. Perhaps that is a good thing. We wouldn’t want people looking for warm sandy beaches getting the wrong idea would we?
So, with record low temperatures, it looks like we can put the Global Warming Theory on the back burner for now…well, at least until tourist season is over!
E-mail me if you would like to donate coats and need hard info on how to get them here! We’d love to chat with you!

Respectfully yours,
DanDannyDaniel Hussmann
Skype Address – dlhussmann
blog URL is
Las Terrenas, Samana, Dominican Republic

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