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Puerto Rico - Day 4 by Brianna Collins

May 27th, 2014 · No Comments

On Day 4 of Keystone College’s adventure to Puerto Rico, we found ourselves wrapped up in many different types of activities. We first went to the mayor’s office where we met his secretary Migdallia, who sat us in a legislative room and spoke to us about many of the concerns and changes that will be happening in Luquillo. Next Jerry, who is the mayor, came in and wanted to get to know our class a little more, and also answered some of our questions on how one becomes a mayor.
After the mayor’s office, we preceded to walk over to the Senior Center.  The Center is where all the seniors in the town go for the day and are provided with breakfast and lunch. We all got separated to a table so that we can speak to the people and ask some questions in Spanish. We asked questions like how old they were, how long they lived here, and if people came to visit them. All simple questions, but we spoke all in Spanish.  Some of the people could speak both Spanish and English and others could just speak Spanish. They were all very nice welcoming us there. They asked us questions, and just enjoyed our company. Other than just sitting there accompanying the people, we also had the pleasure of passing out their lunch to them. First we walked around and handed out plastic silverware and milk for whoever wanted milk, then passed out the lunch and dessert. Lunch was a salad, chicken and rice and beans; and for dessert it was this strawberry type cake with ice cream on the side. It tasted something like the strawberry shortcake popsicles. Also at the center, they were celebrating elderly month and what that means is basically celebrating the life of some of the oldest residents. Two men and one woman were awarded. The woman was 89, one man was 91 and the other 98. All were old but yet still so full of life.
  Lastly, we went to the jail Sarsar and met the warden who was a woman.  Typically, most people think of a warden being a man. It was like any jail, but at the same time I felt the security was very different from our type of security. They had two separate points: the first was the minimum security then the other was medium.  They didn’t have maximum security.  The guards also at the same time they put a lot of trust in the inmates.   For example some of the gates were left open and I’m thinking anyone can just walk out of there. But for me being a criminal justice major, I enjoyed being there and having the experience to see how another jail operates that isn’t like one from back home.
The end of the night was very relaxing. We ended the night at Joyce’s cousins farm where we had this vegetable stew with beef in it. It was nice to have a home cooked meal that wasn’t rice and beans (even though rice and beans are delicious).


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