LOCATION: San Juan, Puerto Rico
WEATHER: Warm and humid. High 80
We got up very early in Rochester, MN and walked to St. Marys Hospital to pick up the airport shuttle (5:00 AM). Actually, we RAN to the shuttle, since we were not dressed warmly.
All went well – shuttle to airport, on-time flight departure, 4-hour direct flight, and on-time arrival. Alexis’s friend Melissa arrived about an hour before we did, and picked up a rental car while she was waiting. So, we hopped in the car and drove in to Old San Juan, where we will be the first 3 nights.
Our AirB&B is part of an old house. It has really interesting architecture – beautiful tiles, interesting doors, and exposed beams.
It is located on a steep one-way cobblestone street, right in the middle of Old Town.
After getting settled, we were off, in search of a drink. We found a roof-top bar, and practiced our Spanish ordering. Most people seem bilingual.
From there, we went looking for a dinner spot. Being a Saturday night, everything was quite busy. The first place we went was full, so we just sat at the bar and watched the bartender make interesting drinks. Mine was with mezcal and cucumber.
We kept on strolling the neighborhood looking for something with an opening. We put our name in at one place, with a 45-minute wait, assuming we would find something else sooner. Nope. So, we went back there and had good Mexican food.
Back to our AirB&B for a fairly early night (11:30 San Juan time; 9:30 Central Time) We were pooped from the flight and the last few days without much sleep. Our AirB&B has a spiral staircase leading to the bedroom Alexis and I are sharing. Melissa is on the pull-out couch downstairs. We have a small kitchen and a nice bathroom. You can’t beat the location here.