Overall it's a great 10-day vacation trip. We stayed in Ocean Park. We visited Old San Juan, El Yunque, hiked to Britton Tower, swam in La Mina Falls, stayed over Vieques, beaches and beaches, day-tripped to Culebra, beaches and beaches, stayed in Fajardo, swam at Luquillo beach, visited Botanical Garden. Love it and will come back to do things in the west, south, and central next time. A few lessons learned from the Puerto Rico trip.
#1. They think I'm Puerto Rican cause of my dark skin. They speak to me in Spanish no matter where I go and talk to my wife Lynn in English. I've got to learn Spanish so I don't look like a dork.
#2. Left lane on highway isn't the fast lane. Grandpa can take his Sunday drive all day long in left lane. Everybody else just have to go around him. Only 3% driving crazy speed and the rest is normal. Driving toll roads can be expensive but it’s so good. Roads everywhere are narrow.
#3. On islands, horses run free, chickens run free, dogs run free and in pack. During the jog on Vieques, dogs followed me and sometimes snarled at me. How about meeting two huge German Sheperds while you’re walking. I can’t get over the fears of meeting them. Roosters crowing day and night and if one starts the others will join in too then it’s like a crow-fest. Gonna shoot the roosters next time.
#4. Milk and cheese don't make me sick. I can drink coffee latte all day long. Eat burritos with cheese and don't get sick. I think the milk is goat milk they put in the coffee. Lattes are cheap.
#5. Pinchos (Kabobs) on the stick are good to eat from roadside vendors. Stay away from deep-fried plantains stuff. Baked plantains are great. They don’t eat a whole lot of vegetables. Chicken meat is very fresh. Love those Pinchos.
#6. Cars must have good suspension and tires. Potholes everywhere. Roads are bad except the toll highways.
#7. Restaurants are expensive. Fresh fruits and vegetables are good and cheap. Not a whole lot of GMO stuff there. Fresh coconut breads in the morning are great. Fresh chicken eggs too. If you can cook, it's the way to go.
#8. There’s a big difference between clock time and island time. Yup there’s such thing as island time and it’s like 30-60 mins behind clock time.
#9. Vieques and Culebra islanders love reggae music and dancing. When you dance, make sure you lift your knee higher than normal and upper body bopping keeping up with the beats. Bob Marley is 2nd God.
#10. The cook can bypass your order and let his friends jump ahead of you. Lynn was really mad when her sandwich order got pushed back for the cook’s friends and she was already waiting for a long time. Cooks and servers can social on the side with friends. This is part of normal island time?