Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Puerto Rico Day 2: 1/5/13

We went to a little airport called Isla Grande. They asked us how much we weighed and also weighed our luggage (max 30 lbs/person) though it was irrelevant - we were the only passengers on the eight-seater puddlejumper to Culebra.

When we got close to the island, we got the impression that this wasn’t going to be the easiest landing – the pilot had to navigate between two hills and make a sharp drop and turn in descent; the plane wavered a little, but we made a safe landing. 

We picked up our rental jeep (removable roof!) and checked in at the Villa Flamenco Beach. It was just our style – a non-fussy, clean and homey apartment with a kitchenette and the beach as a backyard. We got a run-down of the house rules from Max and then proceeded to the beach. 

The beach – probably one of the most stunning and beautiful beaches we had ever been on with fine white sand and clear, sea green water that deepened into turquoise and then a dark blue. When we jumped into the water, we felt like we were swimming in a liquid emerald. 

We found a group of kiosks on the western end of the beach. 

We had a ballanina mixta (basically a deliciously garlicky-oily seafood salad with octopus, shrimp, and crab on a fried flat pastry) and freshly made mofongo with a pork chop.

There were tons of mangy cats napping or sniffing for food. 

A random rooster prowled the premises and occasionally cock-a-doodle-dooed.

After a few more hours on the beach, we headed into town, bought some supplies, and then had dinner at Zaco’s Tacos. Really good pork belly tacos. 

We came back to the beach and looked at the sky; we saw our friend Orion. Dave used his app to find Russian and Japanese satellites. It also detected some space trash that was being tracked. We headed back and played Snood until we felt sleepy.

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