Our "on the side" trip to Puerto Rico was to see my friends Andri and Leandro and their beautiful baby, Elena. I was most impressed by the booming nature, it seems to creep out of every corner, a vast energy of greenery that seems to want to take over constantly. It's so lush, so strong, that I believe that if mankind were to get out of the way for a couple of months on this island, everything would be covered in green. Also: iguanas are a plague here. We saw one crossing the road in front of the house. It was longer than me.
Here is some wikinfo about Puerto Rico:
Originally populated for centuries by indigenous aboriginal peoples known as Taínos, the island was claimed by Christopher Columbus for Spain during his second voyage to the Americas on November 19, 1493. Under Spanish rule, the island was colonized and the indigenous population was forced into slavery and wiped out due to, among other things, European infectious diseases. Spain possessed Puerto Rico for over 400 years, despite attempts at capture of the island by the French, Dutch, and British. In 1898, Spain ceded the archipelago, as well as the Philippines, to the United States as a result of its defeat in the Spanish–American War under the terms of the Treaty of Paris of 1898. In 1917, Puerto Ricans were granted U.S. citizenship and since 1948 have elected their own governor. In 1952 the Constitution of Puerto Rico was adopted and ratified by the electorate.
|A Puerto Rican back garden.|
|Don Claudio was a great host. Gracias, Claudio, por tu hospitalidad!|
|Tropical storm ahead.|
|Baby Elena is the most squeezable baby I've ever held.|
|Arroz con habichuelas y plátano.|
|The residential area where the beach house is.|
|Stunning flora everywhere.|
|Claudio picked this flower from their back garden.|
|Andri and Elena in the garden.|
|Elena whistles to entertain her dad.|