at home in puerto rico

6 thoughts on “at home in puerto rico”

  1. Gatica says:

    It has finally arrived, November 13th 2018, our move to PR. Will definitely keep you posted about what we miss the most about California.

    1. David says:

      Hi Gatica, so happy to hear the day of your move has finally arrived! Look forward to hearing your impressions..

  2. Cassie says:

    We have been here full time for 5 years and I don’t know if I will ever feel fully at home in Puerto Rico. I definitely feel much more comfortable but not fully “at home.” There are so many hidden cultural and linguistic cues that I often miss. Not to mention that family is key to life here and we have none. I try really hard to incorporate into the culture, but I find a lot of stateside “gringos” tend to isolate ourselves in order to become more comfortable. This is understandable but can eventually lead to not feeling fully accepted or integrated. Although now it is hard to think about going back to Colorado, so something has definitely changed within me. And con mas tiempo I think it will continue to feel more and more “homey.”

    1. David says:

      Hi Cassie,

      Thank you for the thoughtful and introspective comment. Definitely gives me some things to ponder. Yes, it certainly would be awesome if the grandparents (or other family) would want to move here, but alas…

  3. Gatica says:

    So today marks the one month of my relocation from California to Puerto Rico. Periodically I have to remind myself that I don’t have a pending flight back to Cali like I’ve had in the last ten years of doing this back and forth thing to PR. Then secondly, I have to keep in mind that I can slow down on some of my projects because I’m not leaving the island. The transition has so far been smooth. One of our three vehicles has arrived and the process of registering it, changing plates and insuring it has been fairly easy. We’ve also obtained health insurance offered here. My universal health coverage from the states somehow was appearing to become an issue. There are several food items that I miss but Honey Crisp or Jazz apples I truly long for. Who knows, maybe they exist in San Juan. Another issue that is frustrating to me is related to my parrots. For two years I struggled with getting my birds to the island, and believe me you, I jumped through and over many hoops and hurdles to get those guys over here! I began preparing for their arrival by looking for their seed and veterinarian. Unfortunately the quality of seed does not compare to that in the states , where you can also mix your own blend. I checked out a vet years ago who is local but not sure how he is with exotics. He definitely is suited for my dog, oh, who by the way as we speak, is driving cross country with my husband to Florida to catch a cargo plane that will deliver him to PR on the 19th. No longer do any airlines fly snub nosed dogs in cargo. Luckily my husband has family in Florida he can visit for Christmas after he drops him off. Myself, well Christmas will be a little sad since it will be the first one without my daughter. On the bright side, I will spend it surrounded by all my fur/feather babies! Merry Xmas David to you and your family!

    1. David says:

      Yes, finding non-mushy apples on the island is definitely a challenge. Sometimes we find them at Sams Club. Anyway, sounds like you guys are settling in. Good luck on finding quality seed and a good vet… and Merry Xmas to you and yours as well!

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