Saturday, March 11, 2006

Arrived in San Juan

I would like to start out by letting Jessica know that Dag bought me a copy of the Gunslinger at Powells before I left for the airport!   So I will want to borrow book 2 when I get back!

Arrived well in San Juan Friday afternoon. I slept through both flights so was reasonably well rested. Robert picked me up at the airport and drove willy-nilly back to his mom's place, where we're staying for the week.   I had forgotten how much Robert loves the gas pedal.  A LOT!

After dinner, we careened through Old San Juan and then walked through the neighboorhood and spent a couple of hours catching up on each other's lives at a local bar.   There was some big important baseball game going on and every once in a while you could hear boisterous cheers coming from all nearby establishments as every one had a TV showing the game.   Baseball is HUGE here.  We passed a bus with heavy police escort which turned out to be full of the Cuban baseball team…no doubt here for some other big important game.

Despite all the plane-sleeping I did, I could not stay awake to watch Conan O'Brian's show about how much he resembles Finland's president, who just happens to be a woman.   I was doing the uncontrollable head-jerk thing and had to slink off to bed.  Due to some conflicting vacationing planning, I'm sharing a room with Robert's mom's pal from NJ, who has been here visiting as well.   She's very nice and did not complain about my snoring at all.

I slept in til 10am this morning and after an enormous breakfast, including my first taste of fried Spam, we drove back to Old San Juan, this time parking and walking around.

We took a tour through El Morro, the wall that surrounds the old city.

  Every Puerto Rican family was in the field flying kites.   The weather is so beautiful (no thunderstorms yet, Dag!).  Every once in a while I need to picture the snowy cold I left behind in Pórtland just so I'll apréciate this all the more.   Please excuse the strange punctuation.  I'm using a spanish version of Word so it keeps autocorrecting in random accent marks and changing my words into the closest posible Spanish Word.   As I type, almost every word has a red wiggly line under it.  After Old San Juan, Robert and I shared a Sándwich Cubano from a place across the street.   Inside, it had ham AND pork, but I'm on vacation diet this week, which reminds me, I had some really yummy almond choclate ice cream at Basksin Robbins!!!   When Robert's mom returned from her baby shower, she took us for a drive to Pinones, where you can drive your car on these little roads of sand between the concrete road and the actual beach.   We listened to the Three Tenors and robert and his sister and their mom yelled at each other pretty much the entire way, but that's  just how they communicate.   I'm having a hard time staying awake this afternoon.  Well, it's almost dinnertime.  I'm not sure what's planned for tomorrow.   Maybe something more low key as we plan to take a snorkeling excursion on Monday.


Aaron said...

Yay, ham, pork and spam!

Jen said...

Woo hoo! I love your on the road updates and spanish punctuation. Can't wait to hear about snorkeling and other tropical adventures.