On our last full day, we spent the entire time exploring San Juan. As beautiful as the city had been at night, it was even more spectacular during the day. Houses painted in every color you could imagine lined the winding, cobblestone streets alleys would end at panoramic views of the ocean.Our first stop was at El Morro, the fortress which is at the edge of the old city. After climbing around the forts walls and tunnels, we went to the nearby church and cemetery, both of which overlooked the water. We then headed back toward the rest of the city and wandered the streets for a few hours. Lani was in heaven because shopping is plentiful there we all purchased colorful masks and figurines. Music is in abundance, too, just as it had been in the nighttime. While we were in the stores, the shopkeepers would be dancing and singing -- and always invited us to join in.That evening, we enjoyed dinner at at crowded Middle Eastern restaurant that was in the main square. The sun was shining, more music was playing ... and we didnt even want to contemplate the fact that wed be returning to winter in NY the next day.Having lived in New York City for all of these years, Ive known plenty of people who are originally from Puerto Rico After visiting PR, though, I now have a greater appreciation for the culture -- though there is still much for me to learn! Its funny how it took me so long to see a place that was only a few hours away But to this day, if I listen hard enough, I can still hear that music playing as the palm trees sway in the wind.
- 2010/07/12(月) 03:29:21|
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