Hey guys! Welcome back to the blog. If you keep up with me on instagram then you know I just came back from Puerto Rico. WOOHOO. Even though the point of my trip was for my uncles wedding; which was absolutely beautiful. They’re in Mexico for their honeymoon, ah! We had some time in between to do other things. I’m going to try to take you with me day by day so let’s hope I remember it all! Haha. Also, be sure to go to the bottom if you want to see where I got certain items from.
Okay day one: no time wasted. Before I get into what we did let me back up and tell you what happened August 14th at around 3am. Our flight was supposed to leave at around 5am (or something like that) and on the way to the airport (one hour away) I noticed something strange. Our flight itinerary was backwards. Since we booked our flight over the phone I guess the lady booking the flight understood we were already in PR. So, we had NO flight TO PR; we had one coming back to Florida. WHAT. We are NOW noticing that our flights are backwards?!
Thank God we were able to call and reverse the flights but that also meant we got a later flight. So instead of driving back an hour we stayed in the Brooklyn water bagel parking lot for about 3 hours sleeping, on our phones, laying down, and passing time waiting for 6am to hurry. 6am was a crucial time for us…that’s when Brooklyn Water Bagel opened. The workers most likely thought we were criminals just waiting for the perfect chance to do something lol
Fast forward a couple hours and we arrive! I had planned on meeting my family for a nice breakfast but since we got there way later we went to lunch. As tradition, we went to Piñones…and got what a local would get. Alcapurrias, Bacalaitos, Rellenos de Papa, Vasitos de Mariscos and Pinchos!
After eating we went to out first adventure: El Charco Frio. We hiked up the river but what felt like an hour but it was really like 30 minutes LOL. We swam around, jumped from the cliff and also the rope! It started to get dark and we heard the rain coming so that was our cue to head down. Safe to say we were coolin’ around on our first day.
Tuesday we decided to do a whole bunch of different stuff so it got a little confusing trying to make it all work BUT we got to: eat breakfast, go to la Cueva del Indio (different view of the same cave from 2014), get in the water, go to Gozalandia, get Krispy Kreme donuts…SO MANY DONUTS. Find the run down of what we got on this photo here.
Wednesday we went with my dad to try weird flavored ice cream in Lares, PR. Before we got there we abruptly stopped for coffee in Fantasy Cake Factory and Coffee Shop.I got a coconut iced coffee, Nick got hazelnut, Anthony got Vanilla, and my dad got Irish creme (I may be completely confusing this BUT those were the flavors). I totally think mine was the best LOL it was so creamy but still tasted like coffee and so silky…ugh it was heavenly.
After our coffees we found an ice cream place that had all sorts of weird ice cream…think corn, garlic, carrot. You know, the usual. Luckily you can try some flavors out and I ended up getting almond with AVOCADO. I LOVED MINE. I was so impressed tbh, I would get that combo again haha. Then we got some quenepas which are those green ball looking things you saw in the photo right above. I remember when I was little I wasn’t allowed to eat them because you suck on them and there is a huge seed in middle aka SAFETY HAZARD.
After this we went to dinner at my aunts house where we celebrated the couple to be, had yummy food, coffee, played Briskas played “speak out” and went to bed late.
Day four took a turn because all the cousins (missing the boys in the photo above but look in the back to the left…that’s them lol) were supposed to go to El Yunque but it was storming! So that plan went away. We came to this place called Lote 23 that had food trucks and nick and I shared this amazing taco, Elotes, and got Jarritos. Super Good!
Friday: The Wedding. Honestly, the most fun wedding I’ve ever been to. My uncle and (new) aunt did an amazing job celebrating their love and publicly sharing their joy with us. I loved it. My mom sang their first dance song and it was amazing. I almost cried a whole bunch of times because I can’t wait for my wedding lol. My new friend Claudia, did our hair and makeup and she killed it! I had no idea she followed me on instagram before we met! So, to my new friend Claudia, shout out to you! Find her instagram here.
After the wedding we went straight to the El Conquistador Resort, woke up and ended up in Palomino Island. We played mini golf, got stuck in the rain, and then met my dad and siblings for some Criollo food. HEY. I don’t remember how most of the weekend went haha but I’m sure this is the day we stayed in the pool and Jacuzzi like super late? I think?
On Sunday we woke up so early to go buy ferry tickets and get to Culebra. The ferry takes about an hour and something so if you get sea sick…talk to my cousin Genesis. She will tell you all you need to know haha. We went to my great grandmas house and of course she was cooking. We had rice, beans, pigs feet (acquired taste FYI not my fave but a staple for many) and the best arepas. Then my grandpa drove us to Flamenco beach where we snorkeled, got piña coladas, and hung out until it got dark and scary (but in never actually rained lol) We went back to the house and had more food…typical. Our ferry left around 8p so we stayed in our wet bathing suits all day (during the boat ride back to the main island) up until like 10p.
Monday. Our last day and also the 2017 Solar Eclipse. When we woke up we had breakfast and went straight to the pool, ah the infinity pool. That was our day to check out of the hotel so once we did we headed over to Piñones. Piñones is a place I always go to the first day I get home and the last day: tradition. We met my dad, stepmom and sister there and headed all together to Old San Juan. I had no idea how we were going to watch the Solar Eclipse but my step mom was making one of those crazy shoe boxes people were DYI’ing all over the place! Well…it worked…sort of lol. Luckily, a man gave us his special sunglasses as he was leaving Old San Juan and we all got to take turns watching the solar eclipse. It was pretty amazing. I’m really glad we got to see it.
I was on a mission to find some piraguas for the guys (well, for me too, duh) so we went on a little walk until we found the piragüero man! I was so happy (thank you Genesis) we could get some because it was h o t. Sadly after that we walked a bit more then headed out the airport, hence more coffee. Phew! 40+ photos later…and I’m still missing so many more moments that I didn’t capture, but here is the jist of it!
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