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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

five mature coconuts with husks still on

diy tool for removing coconut husk

Coconuts are everywhere here in Puerto Rico which is awesome.  However, opening a mature coconut is not a lot of fun.  The first few times we tried it, Holly and I ended up with blisters on our hands after nearly an HOUR of struggle.  Hack at

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

University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez entrance

cost of a college education in puerto rico

It’s no secret that the cost of a college education has been soaring stateside.  Beginning in the ’90s, the price has been rising faster than the rate of inflation, more than doubling from 1994 to 2014!   It had gotten to the point where I had

beautiful sunset at the beach in Puerto Rico

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

diy homemade natto

diy homemade natto! (and yogurt)

Sticky, stinky, stringy and downright delicious!  Japanese people love their nattō and serve it at pretty much any meal.  Being half Japanese myself, I’m certainly no exception.  I have fond memories of waking up to the smell of a traditional Japanese breakfast spread put together by my obaasan, usually

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

Puerto rico debt crisis

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

marbetes sign - you must renew your auto insurance puerto rico annually

auto insurance in puerto rico

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

concerns about moving to puerto rico revisted on our one year anniversary of moving here

concerns about moving to puerto rico one year in

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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