Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Puerto Rico

Chris and I had a great four days in Puerto Rico. We flew out Thursday afternoon, barely missing Wednesday's snowstorm delays in Boston. We stayed in Condado, just east of Old San Juan (on the Atlantic side of the island). For the most part, we swam off the beaches near Condado and San Juan. We didn't take many pictures on the beaches, but here's a close-up of Chris squinting into the sun.

Chris rented a surf board for a couple hours on Saturday. The good waves were concentrated a lengthy swim from shore, past the rocky outcroppings below.

Chris and I spent a lot of time walking the narrow streets of Old San Juan. The roads are composed primarily of blue bricks, really striking, and the city is crammed with little shops and restaurants.

At the peak of the city, overlooking the ocean is El Morro, originally a Spanish citadel guarding the entrance to San Juan Bay. After the U.S. took control in the late 1800's, El Morro became a U.S. post, and military officers played golf on the green space in front of the fort (see below).

Chris and I walked right into the fort past the reception desk, but nobody was collecting money so we figured somehow entrance was free and climbed to the top of the fort. As we exited later, a man was collecting eight dollars per person. Oops.

We reserved a scooter Sunday to drive to the rainforest. The rental company processed our paperwork, and a couple employees walked us to a parking garage and pulled out a fairly new scooter. As the guy gave us an overview of the features, he turned the key several times while also revving the handlebar. All of a sudden, the scooter started up and took off out of the guy's hands straight into a red BMW convertible. Chris and I couldn't stop laughing hysterically - the BMW didn't look damaged, but the scooter sustained heavy damage to the breaks, handles, shield and paint. We ended up getting a car because the other two scooters were out-of-commission as well. Apparently, the same guy had broken off a key in another scooter.

Anyway, we drove to the rainforest and hiked to a clear waterfall. Below are pictures at the waterfall and from the top.

We also stopped at an observatory that gave us a great panorama of the rainforest, past San Juan to the ocean.

All in all, Chris and I really enjoyed Puerto Rico. The hotel we reserved was supposedly three stars but I don't think it was much past one star. The room was so humid that we would take showers in the morning and return in the evenings to still sopping wet floors. The hotel was in a nice area as well, but we ended up in a room with a bullet hole in the window. Guess that says something.


Anonymous Katrina Custer said...

I'm so glad you had a great time in Puerto Rico. Hope it was as relaxing as you intended it to be. The scooter story made me laugh, too, not the best when I'm sitting in ALPHA surrounded by tutors and serious students.

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Sarah J said...

Sounds like you had a really good time! Your pictures are beautiful.

10:42 AM  
Blogger The Charlebois said...

Nice - I love the scooter story! :) Looks like a little redhead got a bit of a sunburn, too!
Glad you had fun!!!!

1:48 PM  

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