No Wednesday recipe today either, but I promise that the theme will be back next week – I still have quite a few yummy recipes to share!
However, today I want to share some photos of our walk yesterday – O had the day off because of the local elections and in the afternoon we decided to go for a walk on the beach all the way to Punta las Marías. The first part of the walk is the same that I take 3 times a week in the morning, when I don’t have Spanish lessons. Unfortunately I don’t walk on the beach since it is difficult to walk without getting sand / water in my shoes 😉 Maybe a silly reason but most people I meet in the morning seem to prefer the street (or rather, the pavement) as well. However, yesterday we walked barefoot in the wet sand (you can see O’s shadow carrying our shoes in some of the photos below).
The street was full of cars with people celebrating the elections by making lots of noise and waving flags… – even before the election result was known… In the evening we learnt that Fortuño had won so Puerto Rico will have a new governor (see more about PR politics in yesterday’s post). Behind the car is a local sushi restaurant called Wasa-bi, we have never been there but we have been told that it is a good place. Sushi (pronunced [suchi]) is very popular in Puerto Rico.
As I already wrote yesterday it looked very dangerous with some people hanging outside the car windows (or as in one case lying on top of the roof of the car – see lower down by the last photos) – we saw people travelling like this also on the highway later on in the evening! A police woman in the police car on the photo below tried to make the passing car stop but they just sped away…
The local hospital, the Ashford Presbyterian Community Hospital, is nick-named El Presby. O’s shadow…
One of three Starbuck’s in our area, we hardly ever go but during O’s first months in Puerto Rico he didn’t have internet at home so he would go and have a coffee and use their free wireless connection for hours. The cafés are usually filled with local students doing the same…
This is actually two private schools, Robinson and St John’s. The street is usually packed with big SUVs in the morning and afternoon when the parents (or nannies?) are dropping off / picking up the children. I have noticed that they have system of a teacher calling through loudspeakers the names of the students whose parents have arrived. The children have school uniforms just like in the public schools (not sure if it is the case for all public schools but at least the ones I pass on my way to Spanish in the mornings).
Condo buildings in San Juan – we could have lived in one of these buildings as we looked at apartments there last year. I really didn’t like the homes even though there was a [uncharming, concrete] pool just in front of the ocean. (condo = condominium, bostadsrätt in Swedish)
I like this statue in the ocean front park
Another photo from the park and playground. O hadn’t noticed the triangular building (or I think it is called iron-shaped in New York City) in the background until yesterday.
This is where we started our walk on the beach. Most of the beach is actually in the shade in the afternoon, since it is facing north towards the Atlantic ocean and the condo buildings in front are quite high and therefore blocking the sun.
Some Swedes drink coffee on the beach (I think it was Saltis who told me that it is a beach tradition in her family) but the Puerto Ricans like having a proper drink (or just a beer) when they are sunbathing as can be seen below!
Our looong shadows on the sand
Do you see what is very weird with these foot steps in the sand?
Beginner’s mistake – my shadow can be seen on the left-hand side of the photo!
Two of the political parties represented on the beach
On our way back
¡Qué vergüenza! Puerto Rico – ¡estando el zafacon tan cerca! (Shame on you, Puerto Rico – the trash can being so close!)
The symbol of the winning candidate for governor, Fortuño, is a palm tree, hence the palm leaf / branch held by the driver
You can see below why I thought some people’s way of travelling by car yesterday looked very risky
Entrance to another condo in Condado
The best burgers in town?
A quite common sight in our area, a bare-chested jogger (I am serious!!) – I guess it is hot 😉
San Juan is in bloom thanks to the sales tax!??
We can only reach our own floor in the elevator – you need a key to unlock the buttons
And of course the evening was finished by watching the American election result on TV