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Puerto Rico - Day 6 by Mary Schild

May 27th, 2014 · No Comments

      Today we took a ferry to the beautiful island Culebra. Culebra, known as the forgotten island, is home to only 1,400 people. That is about the size of our campus. The island is full of beautiful beaches. Culebra which means snake got it’s name from the first mayor who’s last name was Culebra. Many of the building are from the 1800’s. In 1874, Mayor Steven was the first to get assassinated. It was after the Spanish-American war that the United States claimed Puerto Rico as part of the U.S. It was in the early 1900’s when Culebra began to colonize.

      After arriving we went to visit Mayor William Ivan Solis. It was there that we saw the code of arms. The crown on it symbolizes the character of the community. William first started out as a fire fighter eventually becoming the chief before being elected Mayor of Culebra. After visiting with him we made our way up a steep hill to the hospital. It was there that we learned how much money and time a hospital really needs. There is only one doctor, one ambulance driver and five nurses. Most people with a serious sickness or problem are flown to the main land for care. The psychologist is only there once a week alone with OBGYN. The hospital is currently fighting for more money to enhance their resources. In my opinion, from meeting the hardworking employees I think it would benefit them greatly.

      After finishing up at the hospital we went snorkeling in the ocean. It was such a great experience to meet the mayor, see the hospital and swim in the tropical ocean just in one day. While snorkeling we saw sting rays, sea urchins, star fish, turtles and coral reefs. Day 6 was by far my favorite day because of all I learned about the island and still got the chance to explore under the ocean.

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