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a colorful bounty of bananas

“You want some avocado with your eggs this morning?”, Holly said, smiling.  “Yeah, I guess I should have some”, I drearily replied.  We spent the last few weeks back at our friend’s little finca in the hills of Rincón again and avocados were in season.  Every morning

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everybody loves a good deal

Now that we are officially “Puerto Rican consumers”, we can see firsthand how heavily the odds are stacked against them.  It’s not enough that costs are naturally elevated just by virtue of living on an island.  We also have to endure the highest sales tax rate in the nation and

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our dynamic namesake

It happened so slowly it was barely perceptible.  Bit by bit, sand from our beloved beach vanished into the sea.  We didn’t even know what was going on until one day late last year it hit us; our sandy beach had completely disappeared! Right under our noses the black and gold coast had reinvented itself into

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trash to treasure

It’s no secret that Puerto Rico has some of the most beautiful beaches you’ll find anywhere.  That’s why it’s especially disheartening when you see some of them littered with piles of trash and broken glass.  There seems to be less of a stigma with littering here than

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afraid to move to puerto rico because of the debt crisis?

I’ve been reluctant to discuss the Puerto Rican government debt crisis and it’s effects because, frankly, there’s really not much for me to say.  We’ve noticed little that’s changed in the year since we’ve arrived.  If anything, we seem to see MORE economic activity around our neck of the woods, with new restaurants

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auto insurance “no-brainer”

Every time we drove past the big yellow and red “MARBETES” sign we felt it, even if Holly occasionally left it unsaid:  “We probably SHOULD figure out how to renew our vehicle registration sticker….”  Well our sticker or “marbete” expires at the end of this month so I could

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reflections on our first year

Its hard to believe that, as of this past Thursday, we’ve lived here in Puerto Rico now for a full year!  This move was a dramatic change of scenery for us, to say the least, so it’s no surprise that we had some concerns and reservations beforehand.  In this

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that life-giving radioactive ball of fire

They say that the sun’s UV rays are more intense as you move closer to the equator.  It didn’t take long  for me to be able to confirm this firsthand.  Within a few days of arriving in Puerto Rico my arms and face had darkened into a nice

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frightening lightning storms

While holed up during a particularly noisy thunderstorm in San Antonio, Holly and I spoke reassuring words of comfort to our boys: “At least we won’t have to deal with thunderstorms in tropical Puerto Rico”. Boy were we ever wrong!  Holly lived in Hawaii (Oahu) for 7 years growing up and can’t

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slim pickings

“Man, I’m am seriously craving some kale!”  I couldn’t believe the words I just heard spontaneously emerging from my mouth.  Two weeks of eating out before we received our appliances had finally pushed me to the breaking point.  I felt like an addict getting his fix after taking my first bite