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mail service in puerto rico

mail service in puerto rico

Mail service is another of those things that just works in the states, but can take some extra effort here in Puerto Rico. Our condo didn’t have mail service, so we had to get a post-office box when we first moved to Puerto Rico. Since

aftermath of hurricane maria - water bottles filled with water from our hot water heater

diy backup water storage (for condos / apartments)

The dam at nearby Lake Guajataca made national news as it was badly damaged and nearly failed in the days following Hurricane Maria.  This reservoir supplies water to the municipalities of Aguada and Rincón, among others on the west side of the island.  Although the hurricane is long

best deal on unlimited data - AT&T

best deal on unlimited data anywhere!

One of things I enjoy about living in Puerto Rico is there is always some challenge to overcome; whether small or large.  Things that are simple and easy in the states such as paying at the pump or finding fresh veggies and specialty items such as nattō take a bit

black and gold coast - david white - reliable internet in puerto rico?

reliable internet in puerto rico?

Before Hurricane Maria, cable internet service through Liberty was extremely reliable. Upload speeds were slow, but the 20mbs plan consistently provided download speeds in that vicinity. Post Maria, speed is the least of my concerns. Five months after the hurricane, service from Liberty in my

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

pay at the pump in puerto rico

pay at the pump in puerto rico

“Para llenar el tanque a la siete, por favor.” This is one of the first full phrases of Spanish I learned when we moved to Puerto Rico.  The attendant at a gas station near our condo was very patient in teaching me how to properly ask for a

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 - how to remove coconut husk

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

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