Dominicans rate among the happiest people on Earth, repeatedly. This is somewhat puzzling to us Peace Corps when we live there. Dominica is an amazing place and it’s people are warm and friendly but I would not go so far as to say that they look ‘happy’, as it were.
I think it’s more a question of attitude, which is clear in the language. They are forever saying ‘if life spare’, ‘God willing’, ‘that’s life’ … there is a detachment, a lack of feeling implicated and a total acceptance of fate.
They always regarded my passion and my emotions with bewilderment and with general disapproval. But I have always believed that if you want to you can do anything, that your life is what you make of it.
Anyway, this picture is one of the few where you will see passion on a Dominican face. This is a young woman in the throws of bele dancing at the Grand Bay finals last year.