Blogs from Puerto Rico, Central America Caribbean


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

Toi da di hau het cac dao o Caribbean sea ngoai tru cac dao St . Croix, Dominica, Martinique, Grand Turks, and Grand Cayman. Ky nay toi di cac dao do ngoai tru Grand Cayman. Toi khoi hanh di ngay 12-08-2015 den San Juan de xuong tau di theo chuyen du hanh sau day: ... read more

CHUTES AND LADDERS and other (bored) board games Puerto Rico to Ecuador While I was standing in line…the “foreigner” line, for the nth time, I thought how airline travel is much like the kid’s game, Chutes and Ladders. You spin: you move forward, but sometimes it’s backwards, or even sideways. I started this leg of my trip (like an octopus) in Ponce, Puerto Rico. My flight left at 3 a.m. I don’t drive while I am traveling, although I may have to rethink that, so my landlady taxied me to the airport. We got there about 11 p.m. I was a little rested and it was still warm, although the airport itself was chilled with air conditioning. The game: At first I was the only person in the airport; it is not very big. Then people ... read more

My crazy bachelorette party almost 10 years ago resulted in two broken teeth and a quick fix just in time to say “I do.” The front tooth’s covering material (porcelain I think) is starting to wear down and discolor, and really it should have been addressed years ago. I just couldn’t swing the cost. I’ve been looking into the financial and surgical realities of crown work*, and the numbers are staggering. While researching, I stumbled onto a trend in getting dental work done while on vacation. Thought I’d pass it along in case anyone else is freaking out of dental costs but is already ramping up for a get-a-way. With the difference in dental costs between the U.S. and other countries, it’s no wonder many people are opting to make appointments during their international vacations. There ... read more
Dentist Meme

THE WASHING MACHINE Guanica, Puerto Rico Diving Day One SURPRISE!! This morning, my first day of diving in Guanica, Puerto Rico, I opened the door to the dive shop, and the guy on the other side looked a bit familiar. I took a second look, just as he also recognized me. What laughs we had. Curt, from my dive club in Washington, was there with his daughter Felicia. For one day of diving! The same day I was diving! Pretty amazing coincidence; more of that travel magic. We took a small transfer boat out to the anchored dive boat, San Juan Divers. It was about a twenty minute ride to the first dive site. The ocean swells were pretty intense. There were about ten divers and one dive master. Pedro carried two side anchored tanks so ... read more
EEK! EEL in my face!
"May I look at that again?"
"Hi. I am having a great hair day."

TRANSITION On My Own Again Guanica, Puerto Rico I checked into the hostel, Posada San Francisco, and then went to Marshalls, near our old hotel. I wanted to stay busy so I wouldn’t miss Michael too much. At Marshalls I bought a new piece of luggage on wheels. As much as I hated to, I was abandoning my wonderful, Samsonite dive bag. It had sentimental value, as well as being a great bag for scuba gear. But it had only two wheels and I had to wrench it in the right direction with a kick between the wheels for good measure, in order to get it rolling. And, it fell over when you released it. It was clear I could not manage the recalcitrant dive bag and my other luggage without help so I had to ... read more
Computer area with view
Very nice vase...homey touch
Kitchen on the 4th floor

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