September 12, 2011

Puerto Rico: La isla del encanto/The enchanted island

A sample of my trip to Puerto Rico a few weeks ago: The locals were SUPER NICE, the weather was PERFECT, the beach was FABULOUS, the food was EXQUISITE and although it got me sick one of the days, nothing was going to keep me from getting out of my hotel room and explore the old San Juan and EL MORRO, two of the most beautiful and antique landmarks Puerto Rico has to offer. To top it off, we danced to the best SALSA music from the best and most renown Salsa bands in the world. The best salsa dancing for me in years!

First stop right off the plane: A Peruvian restaurant. My first meal in Puerto Rico was Peruvian!!! That’s what happens when your travel companion is Peruvian and it’s her birthday celebration the reason why you’ve came to the island. No room for disagreements here, so I must be a pretty good friend.


I had “aji de gallina” lasagna, which is like a chicken lasagna with a special white sauce and three types of cheeses. It was DELICIOUS. Can’t remember what the name of her dish was but it was sort of like a very thin grilled steak over a mixture of rice, beans and plantains. It was very good, too.

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Our beach front view


Playing in the waves and fun with the camera. Experimenting if, after three kids, those long hours at the gym have payed off at all…P1030780 P1030781  328816_10150774971990542_620755541_20539032_6038885_o


A night at a local eatery -you know me and my necessity to get immersed in the local culture when I travel-


In case you are wondering, the sign says: alive oysters and clams.” Think that was going to scare me from indulging myself in a seafood mofongo? Maybe it should have, because to make a long story short, I spent the next day with the worst travelers diarrhea I’ve ever had. But I survived!

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The girls with our Puerto Rican friend Cynthia


Me and Liz. I should have eaten her fish instead. With head and everything…(HA!)


A rainy day in the streets of beautiful Old San Juan. Loved its cobblestone streets and low rise balconies. Without a doubt, it hit close to home and Cartagena, with its colonial architecture and vivid colors.


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Sancocho with Patacon (fried green plantains) YUM!!!!



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Salsa dancing nights


And then it was time to get back to the family, the kids and the usual chores that keep you grounded. But already looking forward to my next trip. Any suggestions?


  1. Looks awesome!!!

    I went to Puerto Rico a few years ago and had an absolute blast. Old San Juan was incredibly beautiful. El Yunque was inspiring and the biolumnescent bay took my breath away.

    Puerto Rico ROCKS!

    PS: go you in that hottt bikini picture :)

  2. Beautiful pictures! You all certainly had a whale of a time! Take care and continue to have good times.

  3. Awww... it looks beautiful, fabulous and amazing! What great memories!!!

  4. Wow, what a great travel for you. Friends and places are perfect partners. The pictures are just full of colors and happiness Vivian!

  5. That beach looks amazing! I'm glad you had such an awesome time!

  6. Looks like a great trip, nut I should not have looked at all your food shoots just before midnight ;)

  7. Oh what yummy pictures...all that food.

    You look fantastic! Sounds like such a great trip!

  8. Beautiful pictures of the scenery!

  9. How fun! Looks like a fabulous girls' vacations!

  10. Looks like you had a fabulous time!! LUCKY girl!! The food looks amazing!!! Darling swimsuit!!!

  11. You my dear look INCREDIBLE!!! These pictures look like you had SO much fun. Oh and the food looked delicious, yummo!

  12. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What an amazing place & FABULOUS photos!

  13. the scenery looks beautiful!! what a great trip.
    and how much fun are dancing nights?!


  14. Looks like you guys had a blast.

    Great pictures♥

  15. It looks like so much fun.. you're so lucky. I've always wanted to go to Puerto Rico. It's on my list of places to visit. Stopping by from give a hoot hop.

  16. It all looks amazing , and the answer is "yes", those long hours at the gym are paying off! xoxo

  17. Looks like you had so much fun!!

    Stopping by from Give a Hoot hop!

  18. Looks like so much fun! Trying hard not to be jealous. lol. Everyone needs an amazing getaway from time to time! Thanks for sharing and linkin up for WW!

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  20. Que viaje mas buenoooooo, no sabes la envidia que me dio ver las fotos (pero te aclaro que es envidia de la buena!)
    Esa comida se ve exquisita, quiero ir pronto a conocer este paraiso.
    Saludos desde California!