December 24, 2008
At Home in Chicago
Winter Travels 2008
Who knew that people actually read this thing!! Seriously, a few of you have asked about why I haven’t been bloggin’ this trip… frankly I was just being too darn lazy! Ahhhh beach life 😉
So, long story short I’m on holiday for about 3-weeks going to Puerto Rico, Chicago, Puerto Rico, British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico then back home to San Diego. A few things I hope to encounter in my travels: beach, sand, sun, a little bit of snow and lots of good times with friends and family alike.
So for now I’ll just blog Puerto Rico take 1 (you’ll note there are 3-takes after all)….
I’ll just keep this blog short since by now you’ve probably gotten the jist of how I viva la vida borriqua – yes that’s right I’m actually going to ATTEMPT to shorten the story… so here it is in fast-motion.
Leave late-night on the 19th and red eye it into SJU on the 20th where I’m promptly swooped up by Dustin & Kathy….
Saturday… beach time! lunch at our favorite beach-side cafe (which I always thought was named Pamelas but turns out it i was wrong)… back for viejo san juan only to have Kathy & I throw on our running shoes and vamanos right back to… you guessed it…. the beach 🙂 salsa party that night with the whole crew and a few new ones. Sunday…. brunch followed by lots of wave jumping in the caribbean followed by the worlds most interesting Gingerbread House contest. Woow, I’ll leave out the details – and the photos – and just say this one was too interesting to repeat online. (disclaimer for M-F: I swear I did work even if remotely in-between the fun 🙂 Monday…. Spanish class w/ Ute, work, work, beach, work (see!), run & chillin’ at Kathy’s casita where things may have gotten just a little bit interesting. Tuesday… more of the same as Monday but did get a few hill runs in. Wednesday… dinner w/ Gardi & Guerrmo and more wine which clearly meant that we needed to stay out at El Batey (local dive) for the rest of the night. Thursday… dry! and a 10pm bedtime, thank goodness. Friday… Dustin’s Christmas party at some awesome Peruvian restaurant and a very weak attempt out at El Batey which didn’t last (can’t a girl use the “have to run 9 manana” excuse anymore?) Saturday…. somehow I did get in that run, more jumping waves in the caribbean….
and ended-up in Chicago at 1am wishing the white stuff floating in the air was sand!!!
What I learned:
* Leaving the n out of punta can make a sentence go very very wrong
* Caribbean waves in December can be fatal to bathing suits
* Tiger hunting is not really tiger hunting… and always check under the kitchen table.
* Van Morrison and about half the worlds salsa bands rock… and so does manchango cheese.
* Enacting the ‘no phone with wine’ rule is a must… with cuarenta & tres is survival.