Category Archives: Lifestyle

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

The black and gold coast

our dynamic namesake – the black and gold coast

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

waylong enjoys collecting the trash and sea glass in puerto rico

trash and sea glass in puerto rico

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

you need diy homemade sunscreen to protect you from this

diy homemade sunscreen

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

buying some locally grown produce puerto rico

locally grown produce in puerto rico

“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

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. :)

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