Blogs from Puerto Rico, Central America Caribbean - page 2


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

June 5th INTRODUCING: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO We took a taxi from the airport to Historic Old San Juan, yet another capital city. We booked our first two nights into the S. J. Suites Hotel. There were ups and downs to the hotel. The price was right and the location was wonderful. The air conditioner, however, was controlled by the manager which meant it was very cold at night. Michael finally fixed that. We were the only people on the fourth floor so he went into the hall and turned the AC off. What a relief. Since we didn’t want to spend our dwindling remaining time together on the computer, we stayed at S. J. Suites till Michael left for the airport. Once again I enjoyed sightseeing in the city with Michael. We stepped out the ... read more
Typical Street Scene
The Fort
Gun Placement

Cruising in the Caribbean can seem somewhat anti-climactic after having visited so many exotic ports around the world. But we were pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable we found all these tropical islands this time. I think that one of the biggest reasons was because the Whisper was the only ship in each port. The cruising season is over in the Caribbean by mid-April as most of the ships head to Europe or Alaska. Many of the merchants and locals seemed genuinely pleased to see the Silver Whisper arrive…potential customers! Our first port was in Bridgetown, Barbados which is considered the most British of the Caribbean Islands. It reminds me a lot of Bermuda with neat streets, a stable government and happy residents. We headed out on a sailing catamaran to follow the “turtle trail” along the ... read more

After a full day of adventure in Farjado we decided to keep it low key for the next couple of days and just stay put at our hotel. We started with the breakfast buffet at the hotel restaurant near the pool and beach. The buffet was fairly typical of a hotel breakfast, make your own waffles, cooked to order omelets, self serve scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, etc. However, they did have unlimited mimosas so Jeff and I were sold. The kids finished breakfast before we did and asked to go back up to the room by themselves. We allowed it as long as they stuck together and didn't let anyone into the room. Jeff and I were able to enjoy a few minutes alone sipping our mimosas and drinking coffee. When breakfast was over we ... read more
Boogie Boarding
Beach Time
Pool time

We started off eating breakfast at a crepe place across the street. The kids both had strawberry nutella crepes and Jeff and I had more savory egg ones. They were delicious. One thing with Puerto Rico as with Montreal, there is always one thing we are used to having that we can’t find on our trip. This time it was iced coffee. The hotel didn’t have any and the crepe place didn’t have it on their menu but they made it for us anyway. The waiter said no one drinks it in PR except for people from the Northeast. The food didn’t disappoint and it was Jake’s favorite place we ate, we ended up going twice. It was a relaxing and quiet spot; we were able to eat outside at a nice table and watched all ... read more
Fun in the Jeep
Fun in the Jeep
Climbing trees in Farjado

Travel Day: Travel days are always slightly stressful, making sure we packed everything. The best part of PR is that it is a US territory and JetBlue has convenient non-stop flights. We started off having lunch at Beer Works in the airport, not a bad meal and everyone is always so excited to begin our trip when we are at the airport. When we boarded the flight a couple of girls on their way to a wedding were split up by our family. We usually book the middle and aisle seats across from each other and they had both windows, so we told them we would switch. Jeff had both kids with him and I sat next to the girls, it was fun listening to them talk about getting married. The kids were awesome on the ... read more
Marriott Stellaris
Penthouse living
Marriott Stellaris

I’m not sure where exactly my affinity for islands came from. Perhaps it started while growing up inHawaii, or perhaps my being a Pisces has something to do with it. Who knows? What I do know, is that islands have been a significant part of my life for a very long time and that the longer I am on an island the longer I’d like to stay. Aside fromHawaii, where I spent two formative years, I’ve spent time on Roatán andÚtila,Honduraswhen I lived and taught there. I would go to the islands often to dive and get away from the tiny town I lived in. One of my favorite places when I live inChileis the little knownislandofChiloéoff the coast of southernChile. I had the unique experience of staying with my good friend, Belén in her family’s ... read more

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