Bienvenidos a la playa

I’m not sure that’s right.  Is that right?  Although I consistently maintain that Spanish is a simpler language to learn than, say, French or Italian, I do concede that I do not have it quite mastereed.  Nevertheless, I do write this post with waves crashing in my ears and the sounds of Spanish lingering around me.  I’m in Puerto Rico!  Our adventure started early — and I mean early — when my aunt Terry picked me up from my warm and cozy slumber at 3:40 am.  Puppy was not happy with the hour.  We got to Chicago by some crazy hour and spent lots of time in this so-called “Red Carpet Club!”  How the other half live — comfortable chairs, real CNN and bananas!  It was amazing.  From there, we boarded a flight to San Juan, via St. Thomas.  Who knew?  Again, God (in the body of my aunt) was smiling on me because I sat in first class.  A veritable dream come true.  I had a cheese omelet for breakfast and tons and tons of water!  It was divine.   I was slightly intimidated by the Chicago mobster seated next to me, but he really just snored so there wasn’t much to worry about.

I thought the thing I would be most excited about here is the greenery and the warmth and the blue of the ocean, but I think it’s really the humidity.  It’s so humid!  My fingernails may actually grow and I might save a couple of bucks not having to don a quart of lotion a day.  It’s really amazing what a couple of miles can do.

Also, I had a way delicious mai tai and some scrumptious brie.  I know that most of us think brie when we think Puerto Rico, but I admit this had not occurred to me.  Yum!

UPDATE: Cuidado al sol, indeed.  Or whatever Kristin said.  I should have read her advice before hitting the beach today as I am sunburned.  And when I say sunburned I mean, well, sunburned.  Oops.

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17 Responses to “Bienvenidos a la playa”


  1. 1 Sarayu March 12, 2008 at 10:44 am

    yeah! mai tais and brie. few people outside of the puertoriquenos really know how much a mai tai can bring out the flavor of the brie. it is truly a winning combination.
    i’m glad the trip is so great. and i’m confident it will only get better. how? tough to say but i’m guessing you’ll have other winning duos like margaritas and moules frites!

    can’t wait to hear more!

    xo

  2. 2 Kristin March 12, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Hola chiquitita! Espero que estes divirtiendo la playa, el hotel y, especialmente, el casino! ?Has ganado mucho dinero?

    OK, enough of that. I could do it for days. Ahhh, so much fun. Glad to hear you are having great weather and enjoying yourself. Wish I were there. Wish we all were there!! You guys should go to the restaurant called Ajili Mojili. It’s right on the beach strip/street there, same as the hotel, not very far from it actually. Best Puerto Rican food EVER. Especially the yucca.

    OK, I’m off. Dile hola a tu tia Terry! Y ten cuidado en el sol!

  3. 3 Sarayu March 13, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    The photos are so beautiful! I wish I was there with you. In fact, stay right where you are. I’m on my way.

  4. 4 kateandgracie March 13, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    I’m so sunburned! I took a really great walk today in Old San Juan. I hope you can see my pics. Flickr is not working so great for me on the sidebar.

  5. 5 Mary March 14, 2008 at 9:43 am

    The pictures are beautiful. But as your Mom I’m not happy about the sunburn! Hope ist is not too painful.

  6. 6 sara h March 14, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Just looking at your pics makes me feel relaxed! Awesome

  7. 7 Kristin March 14, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    Oh such great pictures Kate!! The beach, the palms, the streets of San Juan! All so lovely. So glad you are getting to experience it all – what a nice break.

    Sorry about the sunburn. Despite my own warning, it happens to me every time too. 😦

  8. 8 Heather March 14, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    It sounds awesome. Except the sunburn. But, I think I can honestly say I know how that feels.

    Madison isn’t quite as crappy as when you left–sometimes it even feels nice! But, definitely still mud and snow and my hands are still cracking.

  9. 9 kateandgracie March 14, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    I added some more pics from today’s journey to Old San Juan. Let me know what you think.

  10. 10 Heather March 15, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Looks awesome! I. want. to. go.
    You definietly drink my milkshake.

  11. 11 G March 17, 2008 at 9:05 am

    Absolutely Gorgeous. You definitely have a photographer’s eye!

  12. 12 kateandgracie March 17, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Aw, thanks. That’s sweet. And I do drink your milkshake!!! I drink everyone’s milkshake!! I drink it down! What time is the game on Thursday? And Rose, what’s the name of the place you’re having your wedding?

  13. 13 sara h March 18, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Kate, Nina Camic is in PR!

  14. 14 kateandgracie March 18, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    I heard! But I forgot…let me look at that blog of hers.

  15. 15 sara h March 18, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Your pics are better.

  16. 16 kateandgracie March 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Oh, that is so nice to hear! (even if it’s not true). I love the digital camera I have — all thanks to Sarayu. I think I need to buy a new suit. There is absolutely no fun in that whatsoever.

  17. 17 rose March 18, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    SO BEAUTIFUL! The weather looks like it is just wonderful. Your pictures are great. I’m not sure what is up with the milkshakes but count me in!

    (PS Kate–Cobblestone Farm is the place to be on the big day..hopefully it’s not still freezing in Ann Arbor in a month!)


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