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The Domincan Republic is a small but bustling country, a surprising melting pot of cultural heritage, long standing as a hub for Chinese, Japanese and Arab migrants who sought a paradisiacal way of life. It’s home to the late Oscar de La Renta–the world famous fashion designer. Baseball fans laud the country for its relentless pool of talent that brought up big names in the major leagues. The air in the Dominican Republic is one of an easier way of life. People here love great food, great music and dancing. “Guloyas,” large groups dressed in bright costumes who dance and sing, are a festival staple across the country. They pace the streets with the booming of drums and the iconic vibrant headwear.