Your narrow cobble stone streets, out door markets and classic European feel creates an environment that puts a skip in our step.
Here are some testaments to your beauty:
15 foot thick Spanish fort walls surround the city
Extensive parks and trails
Wonderful views of the ocean
Plazas every other block
It has the classic Spanish fort look but its what lays inside the walls that determines the vibe of the neighborhood.
This is the third 'Spanish fort' we have spent time in and San Juan's may be the most chill. We found it easy to navigate and though it thrived on tourism it didn't come across as too over baring as long as you avoided sight of the cruise ships.
There are many small plazas that sprinkle the streets which contain artisan markets, busking musicians and devote Catholics.
The beauty of the giant stonewalls are stunning. Though this wonder is met with equal realization that its roots lay in the notion of conquest and colonization, an unfortunate result of all human historic sites.
We find it's best not to think about the flawed reasons behind exploration and just enjoy the byproduct of the artist inclusion of building and decorating.
Typically autumn welcomes us home. There is nothing quite as beautiful as a Virginia fall. Toothpick trees bursting earth tone colors, the harvest atmosphere. The holidays are close by and seeing our family and friends makes it easy to return to the old dominion.
Then christmas and the solstice pass with the first post holiday frost and my mental state starts to panic. Somehow the frosts don't bother me during holidays, it is only when I'm expected to carry on as if everything were normal that my biological instincts ignite. This is not normal it is cold. I am a mammal, and as such when it is cold I want a home, I want to hibernate while storing up fat and food.
So every year, sometime after December 25th I start dreaming of setting up a business or buying some property to store my things and create a home. But we current humans are a different kind of mammal, we have a choice to be a bird. We have the power to ride a giant metal hawk without flapping wings south to warmer climate and ignore our natural responses. This is the ability of being human during a time of technological advances, hell, me sharing this thought on the internet is proof.
So rather than build a home in a hurry I wait and consider the alternatives and subject each location to consideration. The world is large and I can see it, I live in a time where that is possible. So for now I am a bird.
Perhaps next year I will be a fish.
We finally found the hostel and took a stroll around the neighborhood. The beach pictures below are some of the the nearby sights. The ocean was strong today and it rained for about an hour. Now there is a lovely breeze and trumpets and voices lofting from a nearby window.
I just thought that it might be interesting to show all you people out there a link to a blog that I kept in 2007 while I was studying Buddhism in Asia. It has both photos and little narratives on what was happening in my life.
Laney's old travel blog
Jameson and I leave for Puerto Rico in less than a week now. We are just packing up our room, saying goodbye to our friends and family, and soon we will be on our way!
It was wonderful to start the new year with salt water near by.
I have a feeling that 2012 is going to be a great year!