Blogs from Puerto Rico, Central America Caribbean


"Todo el mundo trata de realizar algo grande, sin darse cuenta de que la vida se compone de cosas pequeñas." Frank A. Clark (1911-1991) Dibujante y escritor estadounidense. Una cita que recoge la experiencia del día. Fuimos a Utuado, y nos encontramos con mi amiga Nancy, quien nos presentó su cuñado Coco. Tras el paso del huracán Coco se dedicó en cuerpo y alma a repartir agua y alimentos a familias incomunicadas. Este trabajo que duro unos 10 meses fue con el municipio de Utuado. En la entrevista, Coco nos entera de que todavía hay familias sin luz eléctrica. Hicimos un recorrido por donde él llevaba los suministros. Dice que tenía hora de entraba pero nunca de salida. A veces terminaba a las 7:00 o las 8:00 de la noche porque iba a lugares remotos en ... read more

San Juan Puerto Rico They should put up a “Welcome Back, Jean and Cope” sign here. We have been to Puerto Rico many times and love this island. It has been sad to see the slow response to their needs after Hurricane Maria from the United States, but…despite this they are coming back beautiful and amazing as ever. Today we have booked a food walking tour (we were worried we wouldn’t have enough food on the ship, LOL), of Old Town San Juan through Tours by Locals. Jorge Montalvo is to meet us on the dock. What luck that we reached out to Jorge. He was the best guide ever! Personable, sense of humor, educated, perfect English and knows a lot about history. His Facebook page is @eltourguidePR if you’re heading his way. After meeting up ... read more
Jorge and Mofongo
Kites over the street
Ponce de Leon Crypt

Camera: Canon EOS M5 Lenses: EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Accessories: Speedlite 90EX We got up at 4:00 am and got ready for the journey!!! It took us longer to finish packing and prep the house. The cats must have known something was up. They would not stay in the garage. Finally, Kim bribed them with some kitty treats and we got them to stay in as we closed the garage door!!! We hope they are still alive when we get back!!!! We could not tell if the roads were icy, so we took it easy and didn’t speed. We left the house a half hour late and the slow speed got us to the airport about an hour later that I would have liked, but ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Puerto Rico » San Juan November 19th 2017

I slept though our arrival in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Neither Peter nor I heard the loud silence from engines being cut, distant shouts from dockside crew catching heavy lines to secure the ship, rubber-soled patter from customs, immigration, health department and Coast Guard officials boarding us to allow for entry into the US. Nowhere on our travels did the officers and crew have to experience such scrutiny than that from their own fellow countrymen. I’m glad we missed it, especially since we landed at 0345 (3:45am). Bureaucracy is enough to discourage anyone from working at sea these days. I rose before a gorgeous sunrise, our last, over Bahia de San Juan, where the cruise ships always land, and spent the morning taking videos and photos of all parts of the ship. While this might not ... read more
Atlantic ocean beaches
Atlantic ocean views
Castillo San Felioe del Morro

You spend days, weeks, months and sometimes years planning a vacation then like that it's over. Today is that day for me and Alonzo, our last day to enjoy in Puerto Rico, so we're heading to Viejo San Juan or Old San Juan which it is more commonly known as. Puerto Rico has amazing food, beaches, people, so much culture to soak up but when I visit a place I like to learn about the history. So on this day we will learn about the history of Old San Juan which is the oldest settlement in Puerto Rico. Today is just like every other day we've been in Puerto Rico I head down to the street to Espana to get us some breakfast and you know Alonzo is still sleep, so I get breakfast and come ... read more
Tower at San Felipe
Me and Alonzo
Old San Juan

Yes I did quote a Lil Wayne verse for the title of this blog, you should hear me rap it on karaoke. That's a story for another time but today me and Alonzo are heading to the island of Culebra. Culebra is a small island east of Puerto Rico, you can either fly over there or catch the ferry from Fajardo Ferry Terminal. The first ferry leaves at 9am heading to Culebra, so that means we have to get my up early since it's about a hour drive from Isla Verde. I'm up early to get breakfast, I warned Alonzo the day before they we have to get up which he wasn't happy about. I walked down the street to pick up some food, I got us some chicken empanadas and juice before our adventure begins. ... read more
Flamenco Beach view from the water
Coconut tree shade
Iguana on the beach

Let me me start off by saying yes it's been wayyyy too long, was worried if my account was still active. I've been slacking on this blog, I'm never gonna get Anthony Bourdain's job at this rate. Well let me focus and talk about my trip so far, cause day 1 turned out to be a big waste of time trying to get a rental car but I will get there in a minute. So what am I doing in Puerto Rico? Remember that kid I took to NYC a few years ago well he's all grown up and graduated high school now, going to the University of the Incarnate Word, my alma mater to run track, so this is graduation/Fathers Day trip, yes just us two guys. We leaving out of Houston of course, 10:30 ... read more

Hello everyone it's me again with another day in Puerto Rico. Today me and Alonzo are heading to the El Yunque Rain forest, it's the only rain forest in the United States Forest System, it's located in northeast Puerto Rico. One of the good things about the island is that you can drive from end to end in maybe 2-3 hours, but Isla Verde to the El Yunque is only about 30 minutes. When I wake up today the sun is out so the day is already off to a better start than the day before. Of course Alonzo is still sleep cause that's what an 18 year old does when they dont have school. I walk over the freeway and I'm at Isla Verde beach, it's a beautiful day, people are out walking the beach, ... read more
View from the tower
Alonzo at the La Mina Waterfall

You feel certain that you have had a great experience when you are sitting at the airport on the way home and you’re still smiling. In this case, smiling and talking with Super Chikan, a bluesman from Clarksdale, Mississippi and at this point, a man who enjoys conversation. He is busy telling you about his 2 year-old grandson with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. This was the third Blues Cruise in 18 months and it is perhaps time to take a break from them for a while. Cruises are not the greatest travel experiences, but the ability to see such world-class musicians in one location over a short period of time was too irresistible to pass up. These cruises are intense, amazing and wonderful but we have more of the ... read more
Tinsley Ellis is amazing
Buddy Guy
Vanessa Collier & Nancy Wright

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