Moving and Living in the Dominican Republic (book) [closed]

We reopened this giveaway because the winner never replied to our email.

Aunt Ilana has been busy writing over the last couple of years and this is her latest offering: Expat FAQs: Moving to and Living in the Dominican Republic, a book that seeks to guide new arrivals to the Dominican Republic through those first difficult steps, like deciding which part of the country to live, finding a house or apartment, a school for the kids, a job, or opening a business, and if retired, how to fill your extended leisure time.

Expats come in many shapes and sizes, ages and types and this book has a bash at catering for all. Something they will all go through, like Aunt Ilana herself, is the journey of discovery of Dominican food.

Moving and Living in the Dominican Republic (book) [USA]


  • You must be 18 years or older.
  • Just add a comment to this post. If you’re Dominican – tell us about a situation where you introduced a foreigner to Dominican food, and if you’re not Dominican – tell us about your favourite Dominican food discovery.
  • You can make one entry per day, the more you post the better your chances of winning are.
  • Make sure to add the correct email in your post. If I cannot contact you I will void your entry.
  • Giveaway finishes Feb 20, 2012 12PM ET, winner will be chosen via

Good luck and get posting!


There is a sad footnote to this announcement in that Ginnie Bedggood, the co-author, passed away last year. She is greatly missed by many and the book is dedicated to her memory.

Additional info:
Expat FAQs: Moving to and Living in the Dominican Republic is a practical, detailed handbook for anyone considering moving to the DR. It covers all the possible issues a prospective expat might face, from the legal nitty-gritty to real-life situations, as well as the country’s cultural and historical context. It is aimed at retirees, professionals and “snowbirds” – people with a second home in the DR
Co-author Ginnie Bedggood (1943-2010) moved to the Dominican Republic from the UK with her partner Grahame in 1992. They settled in Puerto Plata where she taught English, worked as a freelance journalist and tour guide, ran a B&B and eventually ‘retired’ to reinvent herself as an author. Her first book was published in 2007. 
Co-author Ilana Benady, originally from Gibraltar, has lived in the DR since 1999. She is the co-author of The Culture Smart Guide to the DR (also with Ginnie Bedggood) and Aunt Clara’s Dominican Cookbook and Traditional Dominican Cookery, with Clara González. 
All photos by Dominican photo-journalist Pedro Guzmán.
Introduction by Santo Domingo based US journalist and campaigner Elizabeth Eames Roebling

Expat FAQs: Moving to and Living in the Dominican Republic

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AND THE WINNER IS: Reba Ortiz. Congratulations!