Puerto Rico experiences – garita, iguana, empanadas, and more!

LOCATION:  San Juan, Puerto Rico
WEATHER:  Hot and humid.  High 85

Melissa took off for a day at the beach and hiking while Alexis and I slept in.  We walked around the Old City looking for a good coffee shop.  The one we found wasn’t particularly good, but later we found a really good empanada place.  Alexis had their homemade broccoli empanada.

Covid precautions are very strong here, and people seem to embrace it.  Masks are required everywhere, including outside.  Most restaurants and bars have ropes at their entrances, only allowing a certain number of people in, and checking vaccination card before entering.  I think it is because tourism is so important for them, and they don’t want Covid to shut them down. 

We found “umbrella street”.  They swap the umbrellas out for different occassions.  This one was to mark Diabetes Week.

These guys were delivering fresh plantains to a little restaurant.

We decided to take one of the free golf-carts around the city.  While we were waiting for one to come by, we spotted this large iguana running from tree to tree.

The lady in the golf cart (garita) gave us a great tour of the city, narrating the entire time.  Sitting in the back (backwards), we had to hang on for dear life, especially when we went uphill on the bumpy cobblestone streets.  We jumped off at a place where she said has the best seafood in town.

We had their mussels, and drinks (of course)

Back to the AirB&B, we rushed a bit to pack up as the cleaning people were coming.  Then, we found our new AirB&B.  It is an entire apartment with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, kitchen, and living area.   AND – two balconies with hammocks.  We will be able to spread out more here. 

We found an excellent sushi place for dinner. 

When we arrived back at the AirB&B, we chatted with our downstairs neighbors who were putting up their Christmas lights.  This is our AirB&B…

BOOK:  “Friends, Lovers, and Chocolate” by Alexander McCall Smith.  This is a series I keep coming back to.  He is the author of the female South African detective series.  This series is about a woman in Edinburgh,  Scotland.  He writes really well.  5 stars out of 5

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