|BxTeacher in Old San Juan|
Today was a day of changing plans and crowd avoidance. We had planned to go to Museo de lasAmericas in Old San Juan. This is a new museum in the building of the InstitutoCultura puertoriqueno near El Morro. Things were looking good. We caught the T5 bus not 2 minutes after we got to the stop in Isla Verde. The weather was beautiful. There was no traffic and we breezed right into the bus terminal in 30 min.
Then we encountered our first problem. 3 cruise ships were in dock. That meant that almost
8000 people were being discharged where we
were at the same time. We just missed the trolley to El Morro, so we waited,
and we waited, and we waited. After 45 minutes it finally showed up again,
completely full with people who had boarded at the stop before ours, near the
ships. No room for anyone to get on. Now, some people might complain about
there not being enough trolleys to service the crowd, but one must remember
when travelling that things are NOT dine the same way as home. It is Christmas week.
I don’t know the holiday schedule for drivers or what it would have taken to
|A busy day in San Juan port|
|Cafe El Punto|
Instead of complaining a traveler goes with the flow. The trolley to the center of Old San Juan came by empty, so we jumped in. We went to Plaza de las Armas which is where the city hall is and our earlier discovery The Poet's Passage. From there we walked around Old San Juan. We had lunch at Cafe El Punto on Calle Forteleza. This was a wonderful find. It is in an old house. Some of the rooms are tallers for artists, some are the dining rooms and the kitchen is in what was the courtyard of the house. He alcapurias were good and the beef empanada was excellent.
We walked into some of the souvenir shops, looking for better quality and avoiding the tourist traps.
One good shop is Mi Pequeno San Juan, owned by the
same artists that own The Poet’s Passage. I also picked up 2 pounds of artisanal
Puerto Rican coffee to have when I get back home. We also stopped by plaza de las palomas and took some pictures. By that time it had started to rain in OSJ so we
changed our plans and headed home, adding time to visit with family to our
|Truth in advertising|
The point is – you can be tourist, make a schedule and stick to it come hell or high water. I have found that this leads to frustration and fights with The Amazing Ms. D leaving no one happy. Or, you can be a traveler and take what the day gives you. Will you see everything that you planned to? Probably not. Will you discover new things that you didn’t know were there? Most likely. Will you be more relaxed and have a more enjoyable vacation? Definitely!