I woke up for the first time in a very looong time this morning and was not sweaty! What a nice feeling🙂 I did wake up earlier from the rain – very heavy and quite strong winds, but just decided to sleep on… Now, at 10 o’clock in the morning the day promises to be grey and probably not much fun. Well, maybe we will meet up with Swedish B for a fika, which is always nice.
The photos are from previous bad weather days in San Juan…
But that’s ok, we had quite a fun day yesterday, first we had yummy crêpes at the Alliance Française with the new French* director and I have now a meeting with him tomorrow to discuss further volunteering opportunities.
Then we drove to Plaza las Américas (the mall) and while looking for parking we saw a woman walking towards her car which had a Swedish flag sticker. O stuck out his head and asked if she was Swedish (she didn’t look very Swedish though) and she said, No, pero mi marido es sueco and she looked really excited when I told her that I was Swedish! We had a nice little talk and then we exchanged phone numbers and later on in the day she invited us for dinner next weekend. Unfortunately we can’t make as we have a company event, but hopefully we will meet up with them another time! (and we got her parking space😀 ) I found a great bargain in Pottery Barn; 3** beautiful and huge plates had been reduced from $14 to $2,97 – perfect for pasta, salad or actually as serving plates! And for once O didn’t complain about us just having un-matching plates…
In the evening we were invited to my Spanish teacher L’s house for an informal party (we got of course lost on the way, no surprise there as that’s the normal situation when we drive in Puerto Rico). The invitation followed a discussion during Thursday’s lesson of how many friends I have in Puerto Rico… I think that my teacher felt sorry for us! The evening was great, meeting new people, and speaking a mix of Spanish and English – and actually some French as well!! I felt really guilty about speaking English though with my teacher, it was like I was cheating – and he was just laughing at my British accent! L’s covered terrace was very cosy; we sat there listening to the rain and the coquís while looking at the lightning – however, we only heard thunder once so the storm was far away. When we came home around 02, I stood a while in one of our windows facing the ocean and admired the lightning across the water…
Next weekend promises to be interesting as well, on Friday it is O’s birthday and we have been invited to a cocktail organised by Allliance française and the French embassy because a French naval ship is coming to town! And we will be able to visit the ship on Sunday!! On Saturday we will spend the whole day at O’s offices where there will be food, music and activities to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the company.
But for now it is breakfast time in Puerto Rico, and O is preparing a fry-up for us. I hope that everybody is having a good weekend!
As always, if you are interested in our weather, click on Weather in Puerto Rico under Puerto Rico links in the right-hand column. The following warning is in place for the moment (we promise to be careful if we go driving today):
Flash flood watch:
Until 6 PM AST this afternoon
* moisture associated with Hurricane Ike coupled with a tropical wave to the southeast of Puerto Rico are creating locally heavy precipitation bands across Puerto Rico this morning. This is expected to continue through the afternoon hours today. Due to excessive rainfall over the past several days… it will not take
much precipitation to cause additional flooding.
* Mudslides and Road closures are the biggest threat at this time as additional rainfall inundates already saturated grounds. Residents and motorists are urged to stay abreast of the latest weather updates from the National Weather Service.
*) The German director left last week.
**) There were only 3 left so we took all three..