Category Archives: Experiences

living the dream in puerto rico - david with tiki (cat)

living the dream in puerto rico

The end of each year provides an excellent opportunity to stop and assess where you’ve been and the direction your life is heading, so you can make any necessary adjustments for the coming year.   Last year, our end of year assessment wasn’t good.   I

the aftermath of hurricane maria

(continued from our hurricane maria experience…) It was easy to feel a bit overconfident after the massive category five Hurricane Irma skirted the island.  At three days without electricity and four without water, it was easily the longest outage we had to endure to that point.  However, even on the

hurricanes in puerto rico

our hurricane maria experience

Visiting family in San Antonio this August we happened to be in town as Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast.  Water disappeared from grocery store shelves with local TV stations warning that “the worst was yet to come”.  My dad and the boys were glued

line for water after hurricane maria

day 9 of the aftermath

(Below is an update I drafted for friends and family while waiting for an internet connection) I imagine there are crews working 12 hour shifts to repair the massive devastation left in Maria’s wake. However, here on the ground, in the part of Puerto Rico

moving to puerto rico with kids: my boys posing at la parguera, puerto rico

moving to puerto rico with kids

Depending on their age and dispositions, moving to a new and unfamiliar place like Puerto Rico can be very stressful for children.  Our oldest is sociable and thrives on interaction with others, so after the initial excitement of the move wore off, he was in a bit of a funk because he

beautiful sunset at the beach in Puerto Rico: Act 20 Act 22

about act 20 and act 22

“We’ve vaguely looked into filing for Act 20 and/or 22, but haven’t taken action yet. Did you file through an attorney? Is it costly? If you have any advice or contacts, we’d be grateful”. As I’ve mentioned before, Act 22 is what initially put this beautiful and

lightning puerto rico

frightening lightning in puerto rico

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 lightning in Puerto Rico”. Boy were we ever wrong!  Holly lived in Hawaii (Oahu) for 7 years growing up and can’t remember a single

mangoes on the side of the road in puerto rico

cloudy with a chance of mangoes

Mango season is getting underway here in Puerto Rico which means the roadsides are beginning to get littered with mounds of the tropical fruit.  Holly and I are not too proud to stop and pick up some of the freshly fallen mangoes right off of the ground. Most of the mangoes we’re seeing now seem

picture of our familiy for our interview on expat.com

interview on expat.com

Last week I had the pleasure of doing an interview on expat.com.  If you haven’t read it yet, please have a look. http://www.expat.com/en/interview/596_david-in-puerto-rico.html As always, if you have any other burning questions they may have failed to ask, feel free to send them our way. :)

view atop the hills of rincón

the spectacular hills of rincón

As much as we love our condo, we do miss the privacy we used to enjoy when we had a house.  The boys in particular miss having their own yard.  Going to the condo grounds requires carrying a set of keys which is, more often than not, good enough reason for

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