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Last Day in Puerto Rico by Rebekah Hasselman

May 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Unfortunately, due to heavy rain falls the rain forest, El Yunque, was closed. There was a mud slide and the roads were closed but luckily today they were able to open part of the road and we were able to see Coco Falls.  A few of us were brave and climbed to the top of the falls.

After the rain forest we started our journey to San Jaun, which is about an hour from Luquillo, where we were staying. First stop in San Jaun was the El Morro Castle. In Puerto Rico it is a tradition that families take their children to the Castle and teach them to fly kites. It is a great place to fly kites; the wind is great and catches the kites nicely.  During our castle tour we even meet a couple of the castle dwellers, green iguanas and a hermit crab.  One of the iguanas even let us get close enough to take a picture with.

This castle was designed to guard the entrance to the San Juan Bay, and defend the Spanish colonial port city of San Juan from seaborne enemies. Part of their defense was cannon fire so, of course a trip to the castle would not be complete with a picture with cannon.

After the Castle we exploded the streets of San Jaun. Since it was Memorial Day weekend it was even more alive than usual with lots of street vendors, music, dancing, etc.  Our last stop was the fountain.

Over the last week we have experienced what traditional students have learned in the classroom.  What we have learned over the last few days will stay with us for the rest of our lives. We have formed friendships and bonds that you cannot be made in the classroom.

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