Puerto Rico // Round Four

This past February I travelled to Puerto Rico with twenty middle schoolers and one other adult chaperone.  We had a chilly winter in Philadelphia, so the sunshine was welcomed, despite the fact that chaperoning school trips is nothing short of e x h a u s t i n g.  I had been on this exact same trip exactly two years ago and it was nice to know what to expect and also to see what had changed – the food stops were on-point this time around! We spent the first day exploring Ponce, a city in the southwest part of the island.  It happened to be carnaval there, so we got to experience the excitement first hand.  After that we spent the morning at Boquerón beach and then we were off to Fajardo to swim in the bioluminescent bay!  This was by far my favorite part of the trip!  We took a boat to a small lagoon and once the sun went down we all jumped into the water and swam underneath the boat to see the dinoflagellates light up around us.   Swimming at night (especially in the ocean with scary creatures) is not my favorite thing to do, but it was well worth it. The next day we explored El Yunque – the rainforest – in the northeastern part of the island and we heard lots of coquís singing in the background.  That afternoon we skipped the beach because it was raining. Our last day was spent exploring Old San Juan.  We visited El Castillo San Cristóbal and took a walking tour of the city.  Looking back at my old posts of Puerto Rico, I noticed that I took photos of the same buildings…weird! This was the fourth time visiting Puerto Rico and every time I go to this tiny little island, I fall in love a little bit  more.  The food, the warm people, the sun, the sand, the colonial architecture…it’s a pretty magical place! See for yourself: Processed with VSCOcam with c2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

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