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Concerns About Dominican Republic Trip

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Hey guys, I have a planned upcoming trip to the Dominican Republic, and I have a few questions about the country. I'll explain the trip a little more first.

I'm an 18 year old American. The trip is sort of a "mission" trip, but it's with a school club rather than a church. We will be flying in to Santo Domingo and then driving to La Romana, or more specifically, some batey in or around La Romana. I'm not really sure of the specific location. My main concern is the fact that I have a severe life-threatening allergy to all tree nuts (almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, etc.), peanuts, and a more mild allergy to shellfish (crabs, lobster, shrimp, etc.).

The trip sponsor, my teacher, has been there before, and says that he feels that our hotel food in the morning will be okay, but that he is concerned about lunch and dinner because "cooks" cook that food and we aren't really sure what exactly is used in it. Obviously, the language barrier may prevent conveying the severity of my allergy, even though I am conversational and my teacher is fluent.

TLDR, my main questions are as follows:

1. Does common DR cuisine include lots of nuts? Shellfish? I expect shellfish in La Romana, it being near the sea and all.
2. Could I potentially buy some safe food at a grocery store? Like buy a few loaves of bread and some cheese? It wouldn't be good, but it could get me through the week.
3. What would you do in my situation?

I have medication that could help me if I did have a reaction, but understandably it's kinda scary anyway. Thanks!

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