Mary spent time in Puerto Rico and likes to share her adventures in this beautiful spot in the world!
My Second Visit To Puerto Rico
This is my second visit to Puerto Rico. I love this place! I have been living in a Bed And Breakfast owned by a lovely young lady named Josmary. I did a lot of research on the Internet to find a place to rent here. I intended to stay in Puerto Rico for three months. I wanted a place that was comfortable and within walking distance to stores. Her place has been perfect for me. There is a movie theater about a block away which I have enjoyed.
The Countryside Of Puerto Rico
The Neighborhood Movie Theater
Some Of The Reasons I Love Puerto Rico
The weather: average year round is 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Very few homes have airconditioning, including where I am staying. There is always a nice breeze coming through the windows. At this time of year it doesn't rain too often. Sometimes we get a litte shower in the early morning, but by the time we load up our rental car to go off to a big adventure for the day the sun will come out, and it will be a beautiful day after all.
The Time: Atlantic Standard. Never have to set your clocks back and forth! I like that. I don't know why the United States can't do that. I get so tired of setting my clocks and appliances forward and back.
They use U. S. Currency. That’s a BIG plus for me. When I went to Costa Rica that was a big minus for me. I never did learn their monetary system. I felt lilke I was paying $25.00 for a hamburger there because of the money exchange.
The language: Spanish and English. I don’t speak Spanish, , but that has not been a big problem because most of the people speak both languages. It was a little bit of a challenge when we rented a car. We couldn't read the road signs. We just had to guess at it. Their main highways are like our interstates They are in very good condition. They do have a lot of toll roads: maybe that's why the main roads are in such good repair.
The streets in San Juan are in very good condition. There are no potholes. When you walk on their sidewalks, you don't have to watch out for cracks or holes. I couldn't help but notice the late model white vans that are taxis parked all along the street waiting for a fare. I asked a driver about that, and he told me that they have to renew their licenses every two years and upgrade their cabs. No beat up yellow cabs here.
The people are very polite. Cashiers in the stores always greet you with a smile, then they say "thank you" or "gracias" when they finish ringing up your purchase.
The women are quite beautiful. When they go shopping (even for groceries) they dress in nice fitting Jeans, with high heeled shoes. I saw two mothers pushing their babies in strollers in the Mall one day. They wore tight jeans and four inch heels!
Clean Streets Of San Juan, Puerto Rico
I don't think the women leave home without their makeup. I think they would still be beautiful even without makeup.
I've seen the children coming home from school. They wear school uniforms. You can tell they are well fed and cared for.
Unlike some countries I’ve visited, the children don’t beg.
Men are clean shaven. The men’s hair doesn’t touch their collar. No hippies here!
Drivers are very polite. There can be bumper to bumper traffic, but drivers will let you in front of them if you need to change lanes. You just signal, and they let you in. At home if you tried that, the driver in back would loudly blow their horn at you. Drivers stop for you to walk across the street, too.
I have been so impressed by the fact that the people are very polite. No one would ever get in line in front of you. Wish I could say that for the people at home.
They seem to have a lot of pride in their homes. Some are painted pretty pastel colors. They have wrought iron fences. The front yard is like a courtyard and seems to be reserved for grass and flowers.
The houses are built of concrete (maybe it's stucco). I haven't seen any wooden houses. Josmary told me they are hurricane proof. She has been through hurricanes unafraid. I think that might be because of their strict building code.
I have seen very little litter in the streets.
A Beautiful House In Puerto Rico
The Street Vendors
The Street Vendor comes around almost every day. His truck is loaded down with fresh fruits and vegetables. He sings a song over a loudspeaker to let everyone know he is coming.