Exploring Puerto Rico

Here is a nice little collage of pictures. AKA - my way of saying that they are totally disorganized and I don't have it in me to sort them into chronological order.

Me and the boys shortly after arriving.  After dropping off our bags we were ready to head to the beach!
We didn't pay very much for the first hotel we stayed at (the Sandy Beach Hotel) so I didn't have high expectations, but it was actually really great.  Good location, close to the beach and had all the basics.  Nothing fancy, but it worked for us since all we really needed to do there was sleep and have a safe place to store our things.  
The most memorable part of our stay here though revolved around a toilet incident that I unfortunately can't go into detail about, but that made me laugh harder than I maybe ever have before and that I will probably laugh about the rest of my life.  All of us were collapsed on the bed laughing our guts out.  Milkshakes, oreos and bleach are all I can say.

We were told by our friend Devin,who lived here for a few months, to ask other travelers (or as he said, "white people") where to go, not the locals.  This seemed counter-intuitive to me until he explained it - the locals here are not interested in the same things we tourists are - what they find interesting and worth visiting is most likely different from us.  So while in Puerto Rico ask other visitors what they've done and what they would recommend since they are probably more on the same page as you are than the locals.
The boys caught a little sand crab that they were so proud of.

Here's a squishy sea creature we found!

We stop for ice cream anytime we see it.  Seriously, there's just nothing better on a hot day.  Or any day for that matter.

There was so much greenery all around.  It was nice to get off of the main roads and see what normal life looks like for some of the people here.  Lots of simple homes and farms surrounded by beautiful green hills with a beach never too far away.

Random pit stops always turn into a chance for a photo op.  

 Dressing up to go out for dinner one night.

This is Brandon practicing smiling with his mouth closed.  Success.

We had dinner here at El Kapi one night.  It's not much to look at, but I had the most amazing quesadilla ever here.   We got there about 11:50 PM and then about 12:20 we saw a bunch of cop cars pull up outside.  Next thing we know they're talking to the owner/chef and he's obviously upset.  He came back in and we asked him what was going on and he said he just got fined a few hundred dollars for having customers in his restaurant after midnight.  So ridiculous.  All he had to say after that was, "Welcome to Puerto Rico."  We felt bad that we were the cause for this (even though we had no idea that such a weird law existed) and left him a really good tip.

I feel so lucky to have such a great group of friends who are adventurous and love to travel!  Who knows where we'll go next!

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