Doing a home stay at casa de las anas

The best way to get to know a place is to stay with a family. We are having an amazing opportunity to get a real taste of Dominican life by staying with Julia and her daughter Ana Maria. They are perfect hostesses who want to make us happy and comfortable and have gone out of their way to provide for us.

We found this place through an Internet search for a home stay, and their website www.casadelasanas.com came up. The accommodations are extremely simple and are a perfect example of regular everyday Dominican life.

One of the reasons we came here was to eat homestyle Dominican food. Julia cooks for us the most delicious and ample meals. We have been delighted with the variety, quality, and quantity.

This nice dinner was of fried slabs of fresh cheese, mashed potatoes, sautéed onions, and fresh avocado.

This tasty offering was of a fresh salad of lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrots. A lovely chicken in sauce and yellow rice.

Tonight's dinner was avocado, salami in tomato sauce, and mangu which is mashed tostones (green bananas). Exceptionally delicious.

She cooks the meals in this clean and simple kitchen.

The outdoor eating area is very large because people spend a lot of time outside. We have made good use of the hammocks.

Various relatives and friends stop by throughout the day. An enterprising 12 year old niece came by to do the nails of Julia and her cooking assistant so naturally Maya had to get in on the deal. For a dollar she gave Maya a nice manicure and and artistic paint job.

After the beauty treatment Jack and Maya worked on a Lego project together. Yes, there was an unexpected five gallon bucket of legos from Ana Maria's childhood that they put out for the kids to play with. They worked together for several hours.

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