Wednesday, July 04, 2007
For my last Puerto Rico post, I just want to leave you with some images that Daiku and I can't get out of our minds. After all, it is hard to forget:
A dog, groomed to look like a lion walking around insouciantly in Old San Juan.
Also in Old San Juan, this calico kitten, coming out to play from under a car. She belonged to a huge colony of feral cats that seemed to own their street.
These flaming red trees, called flamboyan, that were everywhere and symbolized Puerto Rico with their bright dynamism.
The quirky roof-top bar of our hotel, which offered eclectic decorations (top) as well as panoramic views of San Juan (bottom).
Puerto Rico's own Medalla beer, which was seriously delicious and quickly became my favorite.
The gorgeous, brightly colored houses, nearly all with elaborate wrought iron detailing. I love tropical architecture, which often blurs inside and outside with open, airy plans.
And finally, what we will both remember for a long time is the sheer intensity of the sun and heat. We enjoyed it and drank it in, even though we had to take massive measures (SPF 70 sunblock, anyone?) to protect ourselves against it. At one point I realized that I'd never seen the sun quite as high overhead in the sky as in Puerto Rico. And we got to celebrate the summer solstice there, too.
Finally, I leave you with these shots of fireworks that we got to enjoy this past weekend at Syracuse's jazz festival. (We also got to see Dave Brubeck play- what a treat!) I hope, however you choose to celebrate it, that you all have a great holiday!