Today is not an ordinary Sunday in Puerto Rico because on the 1st June 2008 :
Hurricane Season starts officially, and doesn’t end until the 30th November (this refers to the Atlantic hurricane season). This year the US government has predicted at least 12-16 named storms, out of which 6-9 might develop into hurricanes… Last year, since I arrived end of November, I fortunately only experienced a tropical storm. However, that storm, named Olga arrived after the hurricane season (second week of December) which is very rare. It was raining A LOT and we had problems with water leaking through the hurricane shutters and walls… I am not looking forward to experiencing a proper hurricane up on the 9th floor, 50 metres from the sea!
Puerto Ricans for Hillary Clinton!
The Democratic Party is holding its Puerto Rican primary – it is one of the last primaries to be held (on Tuesday the two final ones are held in Montana and South Dakota) before the big decision will be made: Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential candidate?! The phenomenon that there is a primary held on the island despite the fact that Puerto Ricans, who are US citizens, don’t have the right to vote in the presidential elections, is explained in the following NY Times’ article (thanks Speaking Boricua for the link!).
Puerto Rican artist Ricky Martin is supporting Hillary Clinton but a group of other latin stars have joined Barack Obama’s campaign:
Updated: Hillary won the primary in Puerto Rico.
San Juan’s Gay Pride Parade took place at lunch time, starting in our area of Condado and continued along Avenida Ashford across to the playa Escambrón. We discovered the parade preparations while out on our powerwalk and went back home for the camera afterwards. Unfortunately we didn’t get any good photos as we gave up waiting after a while – I could hear the parade starting just when I was getting into the shower 😉
- Preparations for the gay parade in San Juan…
A photo of me was in one of the biggest newspapers in Sweden; Svenska Dagbladet, which published a series of articles on expat-Swedes today. Actually I am not sure if the “article“* was published in the actual paper or if it is just on the web-site…
I hope that your Sunday was as interesting as our!
Puerto Ricans asked to vote for Barack Obama!
*) the so-called article is just my own words taken from an email I sent to the newspaper a few weeks ago when they asked for expats to write in. The funny thing was that I completely mixed up which newspaper I was writing to, and wrote Dagens Nyheter (the other big Swedish newspaper) in the email – so I was convinced that that would disqualify any kind of participation 😀
Isn’t the below sign a little odd? We wanted to buy a bottle of wine in the local Costco today, but nope, it was not possible because of the democratic primary…