After three months of travel in Europe, we are finally back in Puerto Rico.
And, it is good to be home! I gotta tell you, all that time of living out of suitcases got a bit old.
Three months isn’t really that long, but we feel like we appreciate Puerto Rico so much more now.
You know what they say: Absence make the heart go fonder.
We definitely find this to be true. After being immersed in European culture all summer, we feel like we’ve grown a whole new appreciation for Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico – Aaaahhhh how beautiful!
We had forgotten just how amazingly beautiful this island is. Even as we were approaching for a landing in San Juan, we saw the blue waters of the ocean and the greenery of Puerto Rico and it took our breath away.
During our European travels we visited both the Mediterranean and the Baltic but, honestly, neither compares to the beautiful waters of the Atlantic and the Caribbean we have here. Our beaches in Puerto Rico are top notch. Culebra and Vieques (tow of our off-shore islands), have beaches that consistently rank in the top 10 in the world for sheer beauty. But even closer to home, right here in Luquillo, we have 12 miles of incredibly beautiful coast line.
Puerto Rico – Relaxed pace of life
We also took for granted just how relaxed life here is. Remember my article about island time? Yep, it’s really like that. Everything is slower, more relaxed and it feels like we’re on vacation all the time. And, of course, this is even more true in our little town of Luquillo. It’s kind of weird to be going home and back to work and it feels like we’re on vacation. Ha ha ha.
Puerto Rico – the humidity
We spent 2 months in Granada Spain and it was truly a magical city. The climate there, however, is completely different from Puerto Rico. It is very dry and very hot in the summer. In fact, someone told us that there hadn’t been any rain in 2 years prior to our arrival – this is normal. I had to apply lotion to my body every day.
Here on the island, it’s exactly opposite. It’s so humid, you almost never need to apply location. Once we arrived at the airport and went outside, we could noticeably feel the difference in humidity. In fact, it sort of felt like we were breathing under water.
I know the humidity is not for everyone but I prefer it to dryness. Call me weird if you want, but I believe that the climate and humidity are a major contributing factor to the slower pace of life. I just can’t image moving fast here. You simply have to slow down. For a type A personality, like myself, this is a really good place to balance.
Puerto Rico – Allergies
Or rather, I should say, lack thereof. I had terrible allergies in Spain from the olive trees and they only got worse in Poland (from what I suspect to be ragweed) but here in Luquillo, I have almost no allergies. I suspect that some of it, is the fact that we’re on the ocean and some of it is the heavy humidity but, in general, I have much less problems with allergies here than I did in Europe.
And furthermore, did I mention the island is beautiful? Aaaaahhh, the beaches! Yep, it’s paradise and we’re glad to be home!