Tonight I am, once again, in Puerto Rico.

Dinner was Chuleton de Cerdo, servido con salsa de guayaba-coco y ron… which translates into “Grilled large pork chop loin with guava-coconut-rum sauce and sweet plantain risotto”. Delicious!

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I had planned on swimming in the ocean, behind the hotel, but I’m afraid that after getting very little sleep last night at the crashpad, I’m just going to relax in my room instead. Hopefully, I’ll find the energy to do something fun tomorrow.

Today was two easy legs and now I’m on a beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Well, technically, I’m not on a beach right now. I’m in my hotel room on the 8th floor, but this hotel sits on the beach. When I stepped out of the air-conditioned comfort of the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, I was almost knocked down by the absolute heaviest and hottest humidity I have ever felt in my entire existence! This is saying a lot since I spent most of my growing-up summers in South Carolina.

Once at the hotel, I peeled my work uniform off and set out to eat at the exact same restaurant that I had eaten at the first time I was on the island. I could have ventured out, but I really enjoyed my meal so much, and since it is supposedly authentic Puerto Rican food, I wanted to try some more. Tonight’s dish was Pechuga de pollo rellena de maduros envuelta con tocineta con arroz guisado (Bacon wrapped chicken breast, stuffed with sweet plantain with seasoned rice). Amazing!

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I walked back to the hotel and through the lobby, past the jacuzzi, swimming pool, and bar, and found most of my crew sunning themselves on the beach. It was such a picture-perfect scene! The water here was the right temperature! I didn’t wade in much past my knees, but it still felt great!

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This afternoon I ended up in San Juan, Puerto Rico! This is the first time I’ve ever been here, and this helps me check off another overnight location from my list (see bucket list item #74). It just so happens that our crew hotel is a pretty lovely resort that sits right on the white, sandy beach! I feel spoiled right now! The only complaint I have is that we’re only here for 12 hours. I heard that the overnights used to be longer here, but those ones are hard to find, primarily since I’m based in Denver.
Once we were off the plane, we walked through the maze that is the SJU airport. After a bit of a wander, we found the shuttle that would take us to the hotel. A quick change of clothes, and my crew and I met back in the lobby. We walked down the street to Plato’s Restaurant. I ordered a dish that was pork inside of fried plantains, covered by cheese. It was incredibly delicious, even though I’ve never really been a fan of plantains. I may have been converted to loving them! One of the front desk clerks suggested this when we asked her if she could suggest some authentic Puerto Rican cuisine that wasn’t too expensive.

After dinner, we returned to the hotel, changed clothes, walked behind the hotel, and stood on the white-sand beach for a few minutes. We ended up sitting and chatting in the hot tub for about an hour. It was incredibly relaxing, but I don’t think I’m relaxed enough to fall asleep yet. Tomorrow morning we have to go back to the cold country! I’m not looking forward to having to wake up at 04:40 local (that is 01:40 to my mountain time zone body).

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