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

What does 'Pasola' mean?

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


Pasola is the word used for scooter and are seen extensively around the country. They differ from motorbikes in that the legs go in front of the rider rather than either side as on a motorbike and there are no gears. One hand controls the accelerator and the other the brake. They vary in size from small up to more than 100cc, and tend to come in a range of bright colours. Just like the motorbikes they will often carry up to 5 people.

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"... you at work in the morning!” “Wake me up please,” Fred shouted back and I grinned and began to walk out of the bar to hail a motoconcho. Behind me I heard someone speak, trying to catch my attention, “I Danilo. I take you home on Pasola (scooter)?” I turned around. In front of me ..."
"... gap in his front teeth. He was gorgeous. “Yes, I would love a lift home. Thank you Danilo.” What harm would it do? I climbed onto the back of his yellow Pasola, put my arms around his waist and off we went on the ten-minute ride back to my house. “Gracias,” I said, as we pulled up at ..."
"...Pasolambered onto the back of the Pasola and off we went to Danilo’s house, only five minutes away. We turned off the main beach road onto a dusty potholed track and after a minute or so riding through the woods, arrived at a two-storey apartment block with a pool and ..."
"...Pasolallowing day Danilo arrived home on the Pasola with the three boys perched behind him. Dressed identically in yellow T-shirts and blue shorts, with Spiderman knapsacks on their backs, stuffed with all their worldly goods, and toothbrushes in hand, they came cautiously into the apartment. Danilo directed them into the ..."
"...Pasola began family life. Danilo would get up with me and take me to work on the Pasola, and come back and take the kids to school. When he met me, he was working for an insurance company in the capital. He had gone to college on his day off ..."
"...Pasolar, he was made redundant from his job in the capital just before we met and bought a bigger Pasola with his redundancy money, as it was our only means of transport. He would clean our apartment and go to the apartment building where he was still the caretaker, sort ..."
"...Pasolaart from the frustrations I had, we laughed from morning to night. We took the children to the zoo, going on the guagua into the capital, and we would go to the beach on Sunday and stuff our faces with pulpo, octopus mixed with tomatoes and onions, lime juice and ..."

Chapter 3: Family life
"...Pasolat, I thought, I had my very own Pasola. And then I turned round. Outside the bar was a black Suzuki jeep with Lindsay written across the windscreen. There were also transfers of a Mexican on a horse. What was that all about? And Danilo explained. My nickname at the ..."
"...Pasolai found the house, owned by another Italian, Fosco, who had decided to return to Italy with his wife, as he was suffering with ill health. It was situated in the woods only a few minutes behind the main beach road. Danilo took me to see it on the Pasola. ..."
"... about thirty minutes he jumped up. “Shit, I forget something,” he said, then ran outside, unlocked and lifted up the seat of the Pasola. He brought in a tiny kitten, it could only have been two or three weeks old, nestling in the palm of his hand. “Oh my God!” I exclaimed, jumping ..."

Chapter 7: A new dream
"...Pasolahursday in September I was riding my Pasola back from teaching Spanish, and I had a call from an American friend called Dana. I stopped the Pasola and fished my phone out of my pocket, “Lindsay, you have to help. Ezequiel is in jail.” Her boyfriend, Ezequiel, was number two ..."

Chapter 9: La primera dama
"...Pasola candidate, he do not walk,” was the curt reply. There was a whole series of unwritten rules about what the candidate should and should not do. There were dress codes – long sleeved shirts for some occasions, short sleeved for others. Suits for some events, jeans for others. There ..."

"... heard him say angrily. “Ta bien. Alright, okay.” “What’s happened?” I murmured, sleepily. “The lawyer, he not come to court tomorrow. I need go get papers from him on Pasola.” “Bastard. Well, we’ll have to sort it on our own. Do you want me to come with you?” I asked, ..."
"...Pasolacourse, come on, let’s go,” I replied, more cheerily than I felt at the idea of a trek on the Pasola in the middle of the night. We rode into San Pedro to pick up the papers, all the time thinking how were we going to manage without a lawyer. ..."

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