San Juan, Puerto Rico

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To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.Freya Stark

Nov '09-Feb '10

San Juan is where I was based during my four months working on the island. Puerto Rico’s capital is the second oldest European-established capital city in the Americas, after Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic.



Several historical buildings are located in San Juan; among the most notable are the city’s former defensive forts, Fort San Felipe del Morro and Fort San Cristóbal, and La Fortaleza, the oldest executive mansion in continuous use in the Americas.



Old San Juan is the most famous part of the city, and where the majority of tourist spend there time. Old San Juan is also where a lot of the festivals take place, the largest being Día de Reyes, or Three King’s Day.



When not exploring Old Town, I would spend a lot of time soaking up the sun at the beach. I also spent time venturing inland away from the tourist areas, spekaing with and getting to know many of the natives in and around the University.



A lot of rum was dranken and good times were had. I highly recommend a to visit, as it is a very welcoming place with an interesting culture and proud people. Both affordable and not a traditional vacation destination.


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