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Puerto Rican Culture and Conversation by Tyler Valinski

May 26th, 2015 · No Comments

On day 7, I had a great time and learned some interesting things about the Puerto Rican way of life. We woke up early and went to Luquillo beach where I had an amazing time. When we arrived, I noticed that most of the residents of Puerto Rico were in the shade. Joyce soon told us that they are at the beach all year round, so they like to stay in the shade rather then go into a sunny spot.

After a great time at the beach, we went to have lunch at Joyce’s Goddaughter’s , Sandra’s house. Her family was absolutely amazing and I had a great time conversing with them about Puerto Rico. They own just over an acre and have many different fruits and vegetables growing on they’re property. The government even approached them about giving them money to grow more crops to supply some of the towns nearby.

After we had an amazing lunch, we headed back to the condos to get ready for the jazz festival at the Plaza in Luguillo. This was interesting to see how packed the plaza was and how friendly all the people there were. I had a couple conversations with some residents about where they have been on the mainland and I was surprised that so many knew about where I was from, Long Island. After talking to them about where they have visited, I realized three main states were New York, New Jersey, and Chicago. I started thinking and even asked Joyce because I was confused about why they have been to Chicago, but then I realized that Chicago is another big city just like New York. I had one of the best times on this trip this day. I learned so much about the people of Puerto Rico had great conversations with them even if some of them barely spoke English. I hope one day soon I get to come back to this beautiful place because being a New Yorker, I have never been to a place where the people were this friendly ever!

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