Yes, We Have No Mallorcas

March 2, 2010

One of the things you will read about Puerto Rico before going there is that the pace is much slower than what many of us are used to, particularly here in New England.  We tend to be very time-bound, rushingrushingrushing from place to place, activity to activity, trying to squeeze as much in during the […]

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Snapshot of San Juan: Cat City

February 26, 2010

Old San Juan is filled with cats.  Not to the point where you’re tripping over them or anything, but enough that it’s noticeable.  I’m sure some are pets, but many are feral cats.  Some residents think they’re a nuisance, while others think they’re part of San Juan culture and welcome them.  There’s even an organization […]

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Catching a Ride in San Juan

February 23, 2010

I take public transportation regularly at home and try to do so when I travel as well. It’s an inexpensive way to get around and get the lay of the land when you’re tired of walking. As a solo traveler, I also welcome the opportunity to interact with others, and that’s easier when using public […]

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Puerto Rico: Culture vs. The Beach

February 19, 2010

On every trip I take, I learn a little bit more about my travel style, my likes and dislikes. On my trip to San Juan, I came to the startling revelation that generic chain resorts–especially if they’re not within easy walking distance of the local culture, a variety of dining options, and nighttime entertainment–are not […]

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Welcome to San Juan

February 16, 2010

It was nighttime when my plane landed in San Juan.  I love flying into cities at night, trying to identify areas of the city from the plane using the patterns of the lights the way you would identify a constellation by the stars.  I saw two cruise ships docked in port, which helped me figure […]

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Air Travel Tales: Puerto Rico

February 12, 2010

Last month, following the attempted bombing of a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit, the TSA rashly came out with some new “security” measures for international flights coming into the U.S. that would supposedly make us all safer when flying (but not really), such as not letting passengers have reading materials or potty breaks during the […]

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Snapshots of San Juan: Demostración

January 29, 2010

On my first morning in San Juan, I was walking down Calle San Francisco in search of breakfast, and heard motorcycles revving their engines up ahead.  I looked down the narrow, cobblestone street and saw a pack of motorcycles and a truck with a loudspeaker on it.  They were blocking the street and moving my […]

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The Piña Colada Feud: Much Ado About Nothing?

January 26, 2010

Did you know that the birthplace of the piña colada was Puerto Rico?  This cold, creamy drink made of pineapple juice, rum, and coconut cream has been the official drink of Puerto Rico for decades.  I ran across this tidbit of information as I was researching my trip to San Juan.  Trouble is, the history […]

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San Juan, Here I Come!

January 15, 2010

In a couple of days, I will be trading my winter coat and boots for flip flops and shorts, and my bowl of hot soup for a frosty pina colada in tropical San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Sounds like a great tradeoff to me!  I promised to take you inside my planning process for my trips, […]

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