You live where? 

That's the response that I've grown accustomed to when people ask where we are. So, I wanted to clear things up, and introduce to you to our temporary home - Dominica.

First of all, it's not the Dominican Republic. I was guilty of that thought, too.

It's pronounced Dom-in-eek-a. 

Location is fairly important to know. It's about an hour and a half flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico. The island is 29 miles long and 16 miles wide. Which is about the same size as LaGrange County for the folks reading back in Indiana.

The capitol of Dominica is Roseau. It is on the south end of the island. We will be living in Portsmouth, which is on the north end of the island. There are two airports on the island, but we fly into Melville Hall Airport. 

English is spoken there. But there is British English, African, French and Carib (native Dominican Indian) influence.

They use Eastern Caribbean currency - or EC. 

Dominica is known as the "Nature Island" because its untouched landscape. Tropical rain forests cover two thirds of the island. It's said that much of the island appears the same as it did when it was discovered.

There are even eight volcanoes in the mountainous country. There are natural waterfalls, hot springs, boiling lakes and more. Diving is a popular pastime, as it is one of the top ten diving locations in the world. Hiking is also popular, with many trails available to explore. There are opportunities to see sea turtles and go whale watching. 

And they have black sand beaches!

71,000 people live in the country - 4,000 live in Portsmouth. There is one major 'highway' in the country connecting Portsmouth to Roseau. Even though the distance from Portsmouth to Roseau is about 26 miles, it takes nearly an hour to make the drive because of the mountainous terrain.

It's a luscious, beautiful island.

Filled with stunning sunsets and brilliant rainbows.

But don't take my word for it. We love visitors!

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