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England in What about your saucepans
What about your saucepans
Ten years in the life of a British woman
living in the Dominican Republic


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"...After completing the MBA I began working for a building society in Bradford, where we’d been studying. I loved the north of England, and Steve went back to London to start work. It was a typical long distance relationship, with me doing most of the travelling. I would spend my time looking forward to seeing him but once we were together, there was never the magic I had imagined. It took a ..."
"... As the dive school flourished, new instructors arrived including Fred the long haired French hippy and Neil, taking time out from his IT work in England, and my social life took off. We worked hard, but played hard too. Every night we would be out at a local bar where there was live music. ..."

"...Danilo didn’t seem to want to know anything about me. He knew I was English and that was enough. Things which are considered important to a relationship in England didn’t seem to concern him at all. We didn’t dance around each other assessing our respective suitability as partners. I didn’t have to ask my friends what they thought of him, be concerned about him meeting my family, working out his career potential. He had no idea how old ..."

Chapter 3: Family life
"...too are imprisoned on the island as you cannot go anywhere with them. I was used to travelling wherever and whenever I wanted. Dominicans had to have a visa for almost everywhere in the world, and visas were very difficult to obtain. I wanted so much to show him England, to meet my family. I trudged back to my hut and there, sitting chatting to Jason and Billy, was Danilo. ..."
"...“What the hell do I want to see your passport for?” I said, grabbing it angrily. And of course, there it was inside, taking up one whole page, a visa for England. This was another of his jokes. He and the kids were always playing jokes on me. Once they took the cat, wrapped her in a towel and spread ketchup over the top of the towel. ..."
"... a daily occurrence. Over the next three weeks, every morning we would have to count down how many days to go. He got a suitcase and would pack it and unpack it every day. Clothes were chosen carefully, and every sentence began with, “When I am in England…” The big day came and we ..."
"... luckily, Danilos do like Cadbury chocolate, all English fruit especially apples, and Indian food. We arrived in England and walked up to the immigration desk. Danilo turned to me. “How much do I pay her?” he asked nervously. “Don't be silly,” I whispered. “This is England. No ..."
"... walked up to the immigration desk. Danilo turned to me. “How much do I pay her?” he asked nervously. “Don't be silly,” I whispered. “This is England. No corruption here.” The immigration lady was lovely and let me translate, wished him a good holiday and we were through in no ..."
"...both of us, and my parents returned to Huntingdon while Danilo and I boarded the train to central London. We went to London as most of my friends were there, and I wanted Danilo to see the sights. It had been my home for twelve years before I left England. Being with Danilo in London was like being with a cross between ET and Crocodile Dundee. He had never been out of the Dominican Republic, never been on a train, seen an escalator, been in a lift, been on the tube − the list was endless. ..."
"...of the carthorses, that horses wore coats and pigs had little houses. There were ducks on the duck pond, which he went to feed every day. He loved the supermarkets and spent hours going around with his basket, but he missed his plantains and pacofish. However much he enjoyed England, he really wanted to get home to the Dominican Republic. ..."
"...Whilst we were in England it was the first time we had been together twenty-four hours a day for two weeks. We didn’t argue and he didn't get on my nerves. Danilo just made me laugh. He learned more English, although kept getting the letter ‘s’ confused, so sleeping became leesping, smoking was mosking. ..."
"... was mosking. It was hard to keep a straight face. When we returned, as is the custom, all of the Dominicans cheered when the plane landed, and for the next few months all I heard was, “When I was in England... ”. “In England they…”. Shortly after we returned it was our birthdays. ..."
"...It was amazing to think I owned another house, and I was happier than I could have ever imagined. It had been three years since I left England and Danilo and I both gave each other what we needed. I wanted to enjoy the moment, have fun, be happy and be loved and cared for. Danilo treated me like a princess. His favourite line was, “Whatever Lindsay want.” ..."
"...his jewellery. I decided not to try and analyse the reasons he was with me, rather just enjoy being happy and not worry about what people thought. Every night, before going to bed, I would prepare the coffee maker for the next morning, just as I had done in England. There I would sigh as I did it, preparing to get up at 6am, with a two-hour commute and a stressful day ahead. Here I would prepare the coffee maker with joy in my heart, looking forward to another bright and sunny day, full of laughter and living life ..."

"...washing is a complex business consisting of flooding the house to start, and then the water is mopped up using a suape (mop) and rung out into a bucket. Local disinfectant (mistolin), which has a very strong smell, is added to water. One gallon would last six months in England, but in the DR it lasts a week as so much is used. This is done every day, whether the floor is dirty or not. Angelita would clean the bathrooms and do the laundry in our twin tub, which was plastic and lived outside. She would use too much ..."
"...1 January 2005, but had planned a big family party for the following April. Danilo obtained another visa, and we went on our second trip to the UK. This time we planned to stay at my parents for most of the trip, with a visit to the north of England so he could see a bit more of the country. ..."
"... again. “Lindsay, you need to get home as soon as you can. Your father has been diagnosed with mesothilioma. He’s not good. Please just get home. You need to come home.” I booked a flight immediately and left the following day, arriving in in England on the Wednesday morning. I was too ..."
"...juice, and they crack), one boiled egg maker, three toasters, two toasted-sandwich makers, four complete cooking knife sets (not just taken as screwdrivers but also used to cut wires, mend cars, dig the garden, kill centipedes − you name it), and two cookers. The list was endless, but in England you would have something for years and years, but here it was only a few months. Also, what you thought were new items were often rejects from other countries; when you opened your new microwave and looked at the instruction book, the guarantee page would be stamped, ‘Guarantee Null ..."

Chapter 6: Back to normal
"...her first visit without Dad, and it gave us two weeks together to sit and talk. When she left I missed her and from then on we would Skype each other every day, whereas before we would talk maybe once a week. She wanted me to go back to England with her, but I did not want to leave. My home was in the Dominican Republic with Danilo. ..."
"... more or less stayed in place. That Christmas we decided to go to England. The whole family, the two boys, Danilo and I. It was to be the boys’ first visit to England and they were beside themselves with excitement. There were various reasons for going. Firstly to spend Christmas with ..."
"...to see her, as before the shooting we’d spoken every week, and I knew she would be wondering why she had not heard from me for so long. And finally it would be lovely for the boys to go on a plane for the first time and to see England. ..."
"...Our trip to England went ahead as planned, and I was beside myself with excitement at the thought of seeing my grandmother and having the church blessing. We arrived at Mum’s house in the early afternoon and almost immediately went straight to see my grandmother, as I wanted the boys to meet her. ..."
"... and the freezer too. They had a brilliant time in England though, adored the dishwasher, which they had never seen before, the shops, the weather and both fell in love with the teenage daughter of Mum’s next door neighbour. We all returned to the DR in good spirits. As well as working in ..."

Chapter 7: A new dream
"...Since leaving England I had been writing a monthly e-mail to eighty-five family and friends back in the UK, telling them about life in the DR – they were aware of the problems and the levels of poverty. Many had met Danilo, either in England or when they came to stay, and ..."

Chapter 8: The fight goes on
"... and then the main election should be plain sailing.” Mum was enchanted by Ginnie and sat listening as we discussed the latest political shenanigans. “It’s ridiculous,” Mum announced. “Absolutely nothing like England.” “No, not at all,” agreed Ginnie sipping her fresh lime ..."
"... too long to wait. We sat on the hotel balcony in the morning, listening to the radio. It was reported that everyone was looking for us. I was supposedly in England and Danilo in Barahona. They sent people to the house to find us and the press set up camp outside the gate. Nothing came from ..."

Chapter 11: Hope
"...no brake – you had to stop it by putting a stick in to slow it down. And every house had a gutter in the garden where the dirty washing water went and then flowed into another gutter in the street. I felt like I was living in Elizabethan England. ..."
"... I am a different from the person who left England ten years ago. I left with money and now have none, none at all. I have experienced a depth of love and caring I have never known before. Not only from Danilo, but also from other Dominicans and Haitians and new expat friends I have made here. I have ..."

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