Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Hasta Luego, San Juan

So long, San Juan.  You've been a great time.  You were easy, inexpensive, interesting, and convenient.  

It was easy to find you, passports are not required, the USD is a universal language, and English/Spanglish freely spoken everywhere.

Puerto Rico is 100 miles long and 35 miles wide with almost 4 million people living on the "Island of Enchantment," (with a bit more than a million in the greater San Juan metropolitan area). 

It is vibrant and multicultural, and evidence of Spanish, African, Native American and stateside influences abound. Fascinating!

San Juan is a welcoming community and we didn't spend one minute worrying about where we were or where we were headed.  Their collective reputation is one of kindness and gentleness, and we saw it firsthand.  The sentiment is more than the very enticing "live and let live" - it's more like "Live and let live and BE WELL!" I really noticed it on our bike ride yesterday.  We biked about 10 miles, mostly on busy city streets.  I didn't get any sense that we were honking off anyone.  In fact, to the contrary.  So many smiles and so much courtesy.  

There is so much fun to be had and we are sorry to say adios.  

Backside of the hotel

Park next to the hotel

Our view

He picked us up at ORD and got a souvenir!

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