1) Famous Swiss chocolate bars Toblerone are made of Dominican cocoa beans.
2) Dominican people still don’t know who are their ancestors, that’s why all Dominican dolls are made without faces.
3) Despite the fact that Dominican Republic is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean sea, this country doesn’t have its own seafood. The biggest number of seafood comes here from the Netherlands.
4) Despite the fact that Dominican Republic is rich for natural resources, local people suffer from poverty. Unfortunately, local people don’t have any properties and can’t benefit from the tourism as well.
5) However, despite all this, Dominican Republic had 2nd place in the rate of the happiest countries in the world. Right now, according to the latest statistics, the 1st place in this rate belongs to Denmark.
6) Local culture is famous for so-called “siesta” and “tranquila”. No one is hurrying up, people just enjoy their lives. If you order a drink in the bar, be ready to wait around 15 minutes, even if the bar is empty.
7) Only here you can find a unique gem - blue amber. However, it’s blue just in the ultraviolet light, from outside it is yellow, like any amber (I was even disappointed a bit). This gem is called Larimar and it has lots of positive qualities.
8) Dominican people love to dance! Literally, everyone dances. Neither age, nor appearance is important. It is completely normal to start to dance in the middle of the street if you like the music. And be sure, others will join you.
9) Dominican people can’t swim. At all. When the waves in the ocean are becoming a bit bigger, they are putting a red flag and quickly leaving the beach. Dominican people are justifying themselves by claiming that they cannot swim because of their body shape (their legs and arms are too short for this).