I recently returned from a fabulous trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was a trip with one of my Meetup groups. There were 23 of us on this adventurous and fun escapade. Although I had been to Puerto Rico before, it was so many, many years ago, and this time I experienced a lot of firsts in this new chapter of my life.
I had my first experience staying in a hostel. We hiked the El Yunque Tropical Rain Forest, a first for me. We visited the San Juan national historic site, Castillo San Felipe del Morro also known as Fort San Felipe del Morro or Morro Castle, a 16th-century citadel, and one of the island’s most famous landmarks, another first for me.
We also visited the Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery which is a colonial-era cemetery located in Old San Juan, that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean to symbolize the spirit’s journey to cross over to the afterlife. It is located outside the walls of Fort San Felipe del Morro fortress. It is the final resting place of many of Puerto Rico‘s most prominent natives and residents, another first.
We walked a couple of beaches and walked through a colorful, authentic Old San Juan neighborhood. While we were there, we supported a locally owned shop. I overdosed on one of the local dishes, Mofongo, which is made with plantains. I tried it at three different restaurants …umm good!
I mention these things because I am now utilizing my Interpretive Guide certification by learning and sharing information about the places we travel, to enhance and enrich our tour experiences.
I can’t help but reiterate that this is such a wonderful time of life! It makes all the hard work and struggles to get here absolutely worth it! They all result in freedom, clarity of mind, and no drama … just fun, frolic and fantastic adventures.
Signing off ’til next time … Savoring in the Spices of Life!