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Summer is at last upon us which implies long, laid-back days loaded with sun, sand, and surf. But lets keep the summer-vibe high by making a conscious effort to keep our shorelines clean and practicing a little beach etiquette – which guarantee to make the experience as incredible as the sea itself.

Nobody wants to sink their toes in the sand just to feel the disgusting impression of a disposed of sandwich sack (or worse.)

Lets all try to keep the shoreline clean by opting for eco-friendly supplies. If you must bring something that’s destined for the landfill, be sure that it leaves the beach when you do.

Our footprints should be the only thing we should leave on the beach. 😀

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Looking for a cozy little café that features the ambiance of a Caribbean beach and fine jazz music playing softly along with delicious food prepared and served with a fine French flair imbued with a Dominican accent? And, best of all, with a pleasant hostess and at a modest tab?

Then look no further than the Romance Café, situated on Mero Beach, just off the main Roseau to Portsmouth road a half hour’s drive north of Roseau. Mero Beach is on a one-way loop road with a plainly-marked entrance sign, and the café is on the beach, at the “belly” of the loop. On your map, Mero is just north of St. Joseph and just south of Salisbury.

The bar is well-stocked. The beach chairs are complimentary. So are fresh water showers and places to change clothes, so that you can easily make a day of your visit to Mero Beach. The beach is smooth black sand. The menu includes items such as roast leg of lamb, duck with mango sauce, and lime crème and Dominican chocolate pies.

You can check out Romance Café on their Facebook page, and the phone number is 767-449-7922.

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Editor’s note:I’m not a complainer. Really, I’m not. But having lived my first 68 years in the USA, I find that things being different take me some getting used to. Understand, please, I’m not asserting that “different” is wrong. It’s probably right for here; only I’m unused to it.

So, I’m sucking it up and learning to accept those different things. Still, I think it may amuse Dominicans reading this and help inform and prepare Americans, and Europeans and other “1st-worlders” wishing to settle here as well.

I’ll write about those differences – big and small – from time to time, and will preface it with this paragraph so that you know I’m not complaining.

Difference # 3: Sand at the beach.

This one is silly and trivial, and there’s certainly no right or wrong, but it’s something I’ve noticed. Americans (grown-ups anyhow) tend to avoid getting sand on their bodies at the beach. Sometimes they’ll allow their children to bury them with toy shovels, but that’s a game and also keeps the sun off one’s body. But immediately afterward the person buried will go into the water and wash the sand off. But generally Americans have an aversion to getting sand on their bodies. Perhaps it’s because most of us use a protective sun-block, which feels greasy and sticky enough, thank you, without sand on it too. But I’ve noticed that Black Americans have the same attitude towards beach sand as the Whites.

Here in Dominica I observe people of all ages rolling in the sand, even in wet clothes. It’s just a Dominican “thing”, I suppose.

Difference #4: Interacting with dogs.

I’ve had miniature schnauzers since the mid-1960s. And as a boy I always had a dog. Among other things, I love training them. I train them using reward, repetition and patience. No dog of mine has ever been hit. Ranger (the gray dog jumping the cane is 9½ years old and has performed his 18-trick repertoire for the Calibishie school twice and also for the Paix Bouche school. Lyla, the black one that is with my wife Ruth is 5½ and knows about 14 tricks.

I could say a lot, but I don’t want to offend anyone. I just want to make this point: Love works. There is no need to hit a dog or throw stones at it, etc when training it. I will give one example: Someone needed to train a small dog no to jump onto chairs, sofas and the bed. The person thought that hitting the dog when caught in the forbidden places was the way to do that. I explained that the dog would simply learn to go up when nobody is watching and would listen and jump down when it heard someone coming.

My method involves no punishment, and it works: Simply place a newspaper with a set mousetrap on the furniture. The dog will jump up once; the trap will go off and make a loud noise striking the paper (but not hurting the dog). The dog will think that there is something scary about the place it jumped to and won’t do it again.

Use love, patience, repetition and reward, never punishment, to train your dog. If you have a question, send it to me.

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