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    It’s Always Summer Somewhere!

    By Cudjoe

    I was in Puerto Rico (PR) for a few days post-hurricane Maria as I have finally decided to spend part of my working life in academia. Although the sessions were long and exhaustive, I made some time for sightseeing with new friends in my cohort. The last time I was in PR was in 2012 with someone I was dating, and if my memory serves me right, I honestly did not enjoy it, so I ruled it out. We did the usual walking around Old San Juan, the Bacardi factory, and of course, the beach and that was it.

    Six years later, especially after a major catastrophic event had taken place, the territory is even more beautiful than I could remember, easy to get around on uber and I did more in 24 hours than I had on an extended vacation. I quickly found my way back to Old San Juan, grabbed something to eat and drink at La Verguenza, and Oh before I forget, try the passion fruit Mojito when you visit. This pub is also a fantastic place to go for live music and Salsa dancing at night. Another night, we went to La Cueva del Mar in Old San Juan for fish tacos and a Long Island Ice Tea (LIT) made just right, gosh it was so good. We frequented Plaza del Mercado at night which had several sports bars, street food, live band and even one of the lounge played some afrobeat, yep in PR. And so, you would think that was the highlight of my trip hearing afrobeat at a PR lounge, I would tell you the name, but in between the excitement of dancing to Davido, and trying to make my way into the spot, a brawl broke out, and I forgot to get the name.

    Finally, we went to the beach to unwind; we had some coconut water and chicken on a stick with tostones. I must say, it was the best part of the trip.

    So if you were to ask me, how do you feel about PR? I would say I feel like I have unfinished business in Puerto Rico. I will like to go back to visit the Rain forest, Chocolate Cortes and everything else that PR has to offer. My least favorite part of the trip was learning about the two tax charges when you make a purchase. The cashier at the wine store mentioned the reason for that is the Jones law. However, she could not elaborate further, so I turned to Google to help make sense of why I felt ripped off.

    I have learned that sometimes the best part of traveling is the company you keep. I have been an avid solo traveler for years, but I also do enjoy group trips when the opportunity presents itself. So if you are going to travel with others, choose wisely as in anything you do.

    Now that you have heard all about my recent excursion, what is your preference when traveling, solo or in a group? Do you research before you go or learn as you go? Do you repeat your trips or you are the been there, done that kind of person? Tell us more about your travel habits and your next stop so we can check it out.

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