We have now been back in Puerto Rico for a week, and it has finally stopped raining! And our suitcases have finally arrived…
The weekend was relaxed, or should I just be honest and say lazy!? On Friday I made a nice dinner with oven-baked vegetables (including fresh fennel that I found at Wal-Mart!) and fish, we had some white wine and watched one of our many new Swedish films. The film wasn’t too great though, Varannan vecka, which was quite a disappointment. At least O learnt a little more about Swedish society – the title of the film (Every other week) refers to the divorced couples in the film who share the custody of their children.
Saturday morning O got up early to bring the car to the garage for service, it has been acting up ever since we came back, but the mechanics couldn’t fix the problem. I slept hard until 10.15 when he came back and made me breakfast, as usual on the weekends. The day was spent indoors, due to the rain and gloom outside.
We had been monitoring our bags on the fittingly named web-site mylostbag.com and could see that they were on the Iberia-flight from Madrid to San Juan on Saturday. Since it had been almost a week since we had seen our belongings, we decided to go to the airport to see if we could get hold of them immediately. However, after having been sent up and down in the airport building by different persons who didn’t seem to know where our bags were, we gave up and drove to Luquillo instead!
In Luquillo, a small seaside town on the north-east coast, the 4th* Swedish blog meeting in Puerto Rico took place!!! Annaluna as she calls herself and her half-Swedish, half-Spanish boyfriend M are vacationing in Puerto Rico and have rented an apartment in Luquillo! Annaluna used to live in Puerto Rico almost ten years ago and we have one common Swedish (living in PR) friend. It was great to meet in IRL, even though both M and O seemed a little confused with all the background details that we had already told them (no, we had never met before, the reason why Annaluna came to live in PR etc). Our hosts had a great terrace and a barbecue, and we could have stayed longer but the drive back to San Juan was long and Annaluna & M were still jet-lagged. On our way to the car O spotted a lime tree in the garden and he picked two limes that smelt wonderful.
Yesterday I woke up again after O, but I decided that it was time for me to make him breakfast! O usually is in charge of preparing our sandwiches on the weekends, and even though it was great to have the traditional cucumber-tomato-cheese sandwiches for breakfast on Saturday, I had an urge for my new favourites (maybe a new Wednesday recipe this week?). We sat by the balcony for the first time this year and enjoyed “my” breakfast, including a fruit salad and tea, instead of coffee. It’s funny, I don’t drink coffee when I am at home in Sweden, only tea, but in PR I hardly ever drink it.
Iberia called on Sunday morning to tell us that our luggage had arrived, which we already knew, and that somebody would deliver it to us “during the course of the day”, in typical plumber-fashion 😉 So, we were stuck at home waiting for our suitcases, but after a few hours we received another phone call telling us that the delivery guy had had an accident**! The San Juan airport is only 15 minutes drive away so there wasn’t much to argue about, we got into the car… We stopped though first at La España bakery for a fika; as always a quesito for O and a Napoleon-pastry for me. My choice of pastry once caused quite an argument between O and one of the staff (they all seem to be old men from Spain!), O called it “mil-hojas” (millefeuille), which is a completely different pastry – just for your information!
We had just come back from the airport with the two suitcases and unpacked them to find one exploded tube of Kalles Kaviar in MY*** suitcase (one woollen mitten covered in kaviar… and all my clothes smelling a bit fishy) when Annaluna and M showed up. Apparently the guard downstairs had said “let me guess, you are guests of No 9?” – are we the only ones with foreign friends, ha ha 😀 Swedish B arrived a few minutes later. Fortunately my mother had bought two packages of Pepparkaks-Ballerina for me that we could serve our guests!
This weekend it was the annual Fiesta de Calle de San Sebastián in the Old San Juan, but the rain was still pouring down so we decided to not try to get to the OSJ. Annaluna and M decided to give it a try but it seems that the traffic was just too much and they headed home to Luquillo instead. B stayed for a pasta dinner and some catching up before she also left. O really is the greatest husband ever, he reminded me that it was Desperate Housewives on TV at 22 (as I always forget and then complain about it!), so I watched DHW and The Golden Globes in the commercial breaks. A nice end to our first weekend back in Puerto Rico!
Oh, and yes, it does seem like we are moving back to Brussels mid/end of March, but don’t hold your breath, it can change many times before that… At least it means that my parents and their neighbour (the mother of one of my best friends) are probably coming to visit us in February!
*) The third one took place in September and you can read about it here...
**) Third time in one week that we hear that “excuse” (??); first it was the hotel shuttle in Madrid that had had an accident (no wonder considering all the snow!), then it was one of Annaluna’s friends who didn’t show up to the BBQ and now the luggage-delivery guy!
***) It is O who loves Kalles Kaviar, not me!