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

What does 'Colmado' mean?

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


Colmado in Spanish literally means full to the brim, and is the word used here for the equivalent of a corner shop or a 7-11. They are everywhere, and some are tiny, no more than a little shack and some a little larger. Sometimes they are simply the front room of a house. They are all stuffed full of merchandise and are open from early in the morning, between 7 and 8, to between 8 and midnight at night. In some places they close for lunch for a couple of hours.
You can buy almost anything you need. Many things are sold loose, such as rice, flour, beans, sugar, salt, washing powder and things you might not expect like cornflakes, oil, vinegar, soya sauce.
Many colmados will allow you to have credit, and will write down what you owe on a little piece of cardboard torn off from a packet of something, which you then keep as a record.

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Chapter 3: Family life
"...Colmadoded to buy a Colmado, a little convenience store, as Danilo’s logic was everyone needs food. He wanted to work and be the breadwinner, but the basic wage, at $200 US a month, would not go far towards contributing. He felt the only way to contribute more was to own ..."
"...Colmadod cook, clean, take me anywhere I wanted to go, buy me presents. Do everything he could to make my life easier. He paid the bills, did the shopping, and half of the cooking. It was the little things I adored. He knew when we ate whole fish I didn’t ..."
"... looking forward to another bright and sunny day, full of laughter and living life to the full. Colmado in Spanish literally means full to the brim, and is equivalent of a corner shop or a 7-Eleven. They are everywhere, with some being tiny, no more than a little shack, and some a little ..."
"...Colmados are not self-service and are usually staffed by the owner or members of his or her family. You ask for what you want, well you demand it, by screaming ‘dame’, which means ‘give me’. It doesn't matter if anyone else is being served, or if anyone else is in ..."
"...ColmadoColmado you can buy almost anything you need. Many things are sold loose, such as rice, flour, beans, sugar, salt, washing powder and things you might not expect like cornflakes, oil, vinegar, soya sauce. You just take a container in and they fill it up for you. There is no ..."
"...Colmado normally restricted to chicken, which is usually kept in a washing up bowl and comes together with its feet and neck. Of course you can just buy a part of the chicken, or just its feet, as they are cheaper than the rest of the chicken. You can also ..."
"...Colmado percentage of people buy on credit and carry around a little piece of cardboard with what they owe on it, torn off a packet of something. Then when they get paid on the 15th or the 30th, or the 25th for government jobs, they take their piece of cardboard ..."
"...Colmado as being the main place for food, the Colmado doubles up as a bar at night – and all day Sunday – and is the main social centre of the neighbourhood. There is usually a television in one corner and the Colmado fills up for baseball games and the ..."

"...Colmado was in the Colmado some of the time and whilst still in the Air Force he did extra work for the DNI – the Department for National Investigations – a cross between the FBI and the CIA. He worked a couple of nights a week hunting down drug dealers, ..."
"...Colmadoot traditional to have a wedding present list. People bring presents if they want to. I wanted to buy Danilo a wedding gift, and I knew he wanted another dog. A big dog. I phoned the local vet’s office and they had a three-month-old male Great Dane, and delivered the ..."
"...Colmadoeft my job with the dive school just before we went to the UK in April, as I needed to work more hours in the Colmado, and I really enjoyed it. We also employed Jason and Billy who had worked with me. At first it was hard for me to ..."
"...Colmadowhole life continued to be one long holiday. I was busy with the Colmado and new and old friends. There was an English girl called Sue from Liverpool, who had bought a bar locally − Freedom Bar, and I would often go there for a chat. We had known each ..."

"...Colmadoad meanwhile come out from under the bed and was running round like a headless chicken. He tried to call 911 and there was no reply. He called the police station, but the phone had been cut off as the bill had not been paid. He called Billy, the manager ..."

Chapter 6: Back to normal
"...Colmadothe gossip machine started to get weary of talking about us, and although we didn’t go out as much, life carried on the same as before. We had a new gardener, Jean, who was Haitian. He was Jason's father-in-law and had arrived from Haiti the previous year. He was 60 ..."
"...Colmadoll my life I never had a fridge. This is first time,” he grabbed hold of me and hugged me, tears running down his leathery face. He was paid the standard wage for a gardener of 5000 pesos a month, which is about £100. He had no fixed hours. I ..."
"... As well as working in the Colmado a couple of days a week, I was now giving private Spanish classes to a range of people which kept me busy, and ensured my Spanish improved. I was limited in what I could do as my voice would only work on a one to one basis, so I couldn’t teach to large groups. ..."

Chapter 7: A new dream
"...Colmadoe decision was made we got to work and Franklin Compres was appointed as Danilo’s political adviser. This was the same Franklin Compres who looked like Bluebottle and was a witness at our wedding. Danilo had to register as a candidate with the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD), we had to ..."
"... The whole area of finance was very important as other than my pension and a small amount from the Colmado and the Spanish lessons, we had no income. Danilo had to resign from the Air Force, as it was not allowed for a member of any branch of the military or police to be involved in politics. ..."
"...Colmadono was a confident and well-known Dominican in Juan Dolio, buying and selling various businesses. In fact it was his Colmado we had bought a few years earlier. He seemed to make and lose fortunes quickly. Each time he sold a business, and they were always bars, restaurants, Colmados, he ..."
"...Colmado’t too concerned as I knew he would sort out the issue and I carried on with the day as usual, going to our Colmado and chatting with Rachel there, visited another friend and arrived home at four o’clock. Danilo was in the pool. I wandered over to him and ..."
"...Colmadoto the window in the bedroom, which was near the gate, and shouted as loud as I could, “He isn’t here. He isn’t at home.” They stood in a huddle talking and then most of them drove off but two stayed outside the gate. There was no one in the ..."

Chapter 8: The fight goes on
"... On the Tuesday, I went to work in the Colmado. There was no sign of Danilo when I arrived home and I cooked dinner and sat down for a night on the computer chatting to friends. I heard a car pull up outside and Danilo strode in through the gate almost running to get to me. It was nine o’clock. ..."

Chapter 9: La primera dama
"...Colmadoalternate days we usually canvassed support by visiting people in their houses, or holding meetings at our house. We would often have events at local Colmados where Danilo would make a speech, and we would all eat asopao, a type of soup with rice, which bore a remarkable resemblance to ..."
"...Colmadot this time we closed the Colmado. I didn’t have the time to work there and over the previous year sales had been gradually decreasing as less tourists came to Juan Dolio, and some of our bigger customers moved to other parts of the country or left all together. I ..."
"...Colmadotly as they finished unloading the sports equipment a group of opposition supporters in a Colmado started throwing rocks and bottles at a truck playing our music. It was our day for events; we were allowed to play our music. The guys in the truck phoned Danilo to tell him ..."
"...Colmado nearly at the end. There was one final event, the campaign closing ceremony, due to take place on the Thursday before Election Day on the Sunday, and after that no political activity was allowed. It was to be held in the park in the middle of Guayacanes and would ..."

"...Colmado was taken away after a couple of days and we had no transport. We lost the Colmado a week later, the new owner moved in and our staff there had to leave. They had no jobs and no money and there was nothing I could do about it. My ..."
"...Colmadonot go out. With no car and hardly any money we could not go far, and to be honest neither of us could face anyone. The few times I walked to the local Colmado to buy cigarettes, I would scuttle back home as fast as I could, hoping I would ..."

Chapter 11: Hope
"...Colmadon was one long street, with a bank and a little supermarket and lots of small shops. There were no restaurants except one place selling fried chicken. The supermarket was small but had the basics and everything was much cheaper than Juan Dolio, in some cases half the price. I ..."

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