A Jaunt East
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Happy New Year! After scrambling around late last week trying to figure out where I was going to go, for how long, and how I was going to get there, I think I've got the rest of January pretty much figured out.
It turns out that the casino ferry from Mayagüez to the Dominican Republic was sold out until the 13th, so today I left Rincón a day early and caught a ride back to San Juan with a pair of great guys that were staying at the Surf and Board.
January 2006 Game Plan
The first month of the New Year is shaping up to be an interesting one. I'm going to be taking advantage of my return to San Juan to explore the city, and perhaps some of the islands to the east.
On the 9th I'll be taking a flight San Juan over to Santo Domingo (in the Dominican Republic) where I'll stay for a week (maybe even squeezing in a visit to Haiti), and then push on to Trinidad (where I plan on meeting up with a friend from Oregon for a little over a week). By the start of February I should find myself with about three weeks to move through Venezuela (possibly including Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana) and into Brazil for Carnival. Life is good.
As much as I was ready for a change of scenery, I'm going to miss Rincón and Puntas (the outskirts of town where I've been living for the past three weeks). When you have the opportunity to stay in an a small town for the duration that I did, you get to know a lot of people. By the end of my time there it wasn't uncommon to walk into a bar and know at least half of the people there.
My time here also gave me the chance to increase my Spanish and surfer vocab, jump off a waterfall in a rainforest, do laundry in a sink for the first time, and of course, get the color back in my skin.
Interestingly, Puntas exploded with (beautiful) people the week following Christmas. Almost over night the town filled up and turned into a bad Fox reality show—entertaining to watch, but a little odd to be a part of.
I'm still of the opinion that the town is full of genuinely good people. I had no issue with walking around at night on remote, light-less, roads. Crime seems to typically consist of car burglary and stealing another surfers wave .
It seems that I've spent quite a bit of time in a comfortable place with my bag unpacked, and I have a feeling the next two months are going be a completely different change of pace. I'm definitely looking forward to it.