Category Archives: Impressions

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

basketball puerto rico

a basketball lovers paradise

This time of year it’s not uncommon for the Atlantic ocean to look as serene as a lake.   It’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch the sun set against a shimmering horizontal mirror.  Water sports such as surfing and body-boarding are pretty much out of the question in the dog days of summer.  However, in

x-ray showing Waylon's broken bone which necessitated our introduction to healthcare in puerto rico

our introduction to healthcare in puerto rico

Cartwheels at the beach provided an opportunity none of us really wanted; the opportunity to find out for ourselves what healthcare in Puerto Rico is like. Waylon loves doing handstands and cartwheels at the beach and is actually quite good.  A couple of weeks ago, he was attempting do a new trick; a cartwheel-flip off a

waylon watching the sunset in Rincon Puerto Rico

still here, but taking a break

In the states, as the first cold fronts blow through and your wardrobe transitions to warmer clothing, you can subconsciously sense the holidays coming .  Not only do you see the passage of time when looking at the calendar, but you can also feel the passage of time with the change in seasons.  That’s not

waylon sitting with boggie board at one of the western puerto rico beaches

western puerto rico beaches

“Where are all the trees?”, Holly said in shock the first time we drove down to North Padre Island in Texas.  Growing up within walking distance to Kailua Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches on Oahu, she was not prepared for the sight of what was essentially a barren, desert

me holding a beautiful bunch of red bananas - avocados bananas puerto rico

avocados, bananas and more in puerto rico

“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

me salve is one place you can get good deals in puerto rico

good deals in puerto rico

Now that we are officially “Puerto Rican consumers”, we can see firsthand how heavily the odds are stacked against them (us).  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

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