Monday, October 22, 2012

Sights of Puerto Rico

As you know, I spent last week working in Puerto Rico at a conference. This was my third time going to San Juan and I absolutely love it there. To me, it's the perfect mix of Latin America and the United States.

Let's start with the food! On my first night, I ate with some of my coworkers at a really fun place called "Aguaviva". I ordered coconut shrimp and tostones (fried green plantains). YUM!

The next day, my co-worker/friend Elaine and I ate at The Parrot Club which is owned by the same people who run Aguaviva. Another amazing meal!

This is a chicken sandwich and a log cabin of yuca frita (yuca/cassava fries) seasoned with cilantro and olive oil.

After lunch, I hung out by the pool for a few minutes before I had to go to the conference center. This is the view from the rooftop pool. 

This was also a view from the rooftop pool. It was so nice and sunny over the pool but right across the water, I could see this storm coming.
I put my conference table together on Monday afternoon and felt like my brochures really fit in with the caribbean feel of Puerto Rico.

For most of my time there, I was working, but on my last day, I had some free time before my flight and I walked (and walked and walked) around Viejo San Juan and took some pictures.
This building is the Antiguo Casino de Puerto Rico. The closing reception for the conference was held here. It is an absolutely amazing space.
I also saw some interesting sights... like a pimped out bus...
And the perfect bench for a short person like me...with a foot/leg rest!
And a new friend on another bench...
And yet another friend...his name was Luis. I like his hat.
And I will leave you with my favorite sign I saw on my trip. All I have to say is "Whoop Whoop!!"

I had so much fun on my trip to Puerto Rico. I definitely recommend Puerto Rico if you need a little fun in the sun!


TheTinyHeart said...

Looks like a fun trip, even if it was for work! I went to Puerto Rico about 4 years ago and I regret not going to San Juan.

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Sandra said...

Great pictures! I want to go! Whoop whoop! lol

Unknown said...

Whoop Whoop!? That's hilarious!
Awesome pictures!

Erica said...

No fair to have me read a post with yummy food in it when I still have to wait 30 minutes for lunch. ;)

I LOVE tostones. So freakin' good!

Oh hello, Love said...

Mannn. I'm living in the wrong country. If i painted my house bright purple here people would think it odd. There? I'd fit right in. Same in Mexico.

Evidence: remember that bright purple house next to the bright green house in Gray? We used to think they were so strange. Little did we know, they knew what's what in life. Sigh.

Take me next time?

Laura Darling said...

Such cool pictures! I especially love the one of the storm coming in!

Sarah said...

That food looks delicious and and I love the colors/architecture of the area...makes me want to paint my house bright purple!

lil desiqua said...

I'm so glad you had some fun in my home! And I love your pictures! Actually, most of my family is from Ponce, on the other side of PR, but I think my fave part of the island (besides Culebra and the rain forest) is Old San Juan. It's fun and filled with great restaurants! I'm actually headed there in December!