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

What does 'Casita' mean?

Find out what Casita means. Casita is explained by Lindsay de Feliz - author of What about your saucepans


The Spanish word for a little wooden house. Made of wood with a zinc sheet roof which usually has rocks on top to save it blowing off in the wind, casitas can just be one room, or some will have a living room and one or two bedrooms. There is no kitchen or bathroom, both are outside. The casita will be made of planks, tree trunks or cardboard, usually with gaps between them, and the windows will be simple openings with hinged shutters. There will be electricity but no running water. The casitas are usually grouped together in small communities and share an outside tap.

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"...Casita forest area behind the main street in Juan Dolio the houses were all made of wood, and were known as Casitas − literally a little house − where we would visit people Danilo knew. Everyone was very welcoming and would pull up a plastic chair for me and we’d ..."

Chapter 3: Family life
"...Casitamorning I would go outside to drink my coffee and walk into a tropical paradise. At night the air was filled with the sounds of little frogs and cicadas, and the heavy scent of the flowers, mixed with the smell of charcoal from the Haitian and Dominican neighbours cooking outside ..."

Chapter 11: Hope
"... with hardly enough to live on ourselves. The dream was over. I used to see people sitting outside their wooden Casitas and marvel at how they seemed happy although they had nothing. I was about to be the same. It had been a rollercoaster of a ride. Do I have regrets? Of course. I wish Danilo ..."

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"Lindsay tells her story with truth, compassion and humor and you will find yourself walking with her side by side...."

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