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Puerto Rico

Revolution, etc.

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Puerto Rico seems to have weathered its recent earthquakes quite well. At least folks in San Juan (on the northeast) say that the southwest isn’t badly damaged and that earthquakes are rare here, and hakuna matata or however you say it in Spanish. We walked from our pier throughout Old San Juan and visited forts and walls and castles and San Juan Cathedral, the oldest in North America, built in 1540. Our guide gave us a lengthy and impassioned interpretation of the demonstrations that toppled the government six months ago. According to guide Jorge, over a third of the population gathered daily and nightly and played music and danced and distributed food and drink to the marchers and painted graffiti on every wall, with many depictions of women banging pots with spoons. The demonstrations were only loosely organized but spurred and centered on a Feminist Collective (somehow stimulated by the (bad) governor's denunciation of women). This "party"demonstration seems to have been the culminating feature of this revolution. Whatever happened, the result was the toppling of a corrupt government and new hope for the future here.

The sea surrounding Old San Juan sparkles in the sun; some of its streets are made of beautiful (old) cobalt blue cobbles and houses are painted vibrant colors. There is NO litter. The guide’s interpretation: people here are proud of their country and do not experience racism or ostracism, while Puerto Ricans in the US often don’t feel welcome or valued and so they trash their streets. Who knows, but the streets here are clean and lovely. Maybe it has something to do with attracting tourists.

Posted by HopeEakins 13:52 Archived in USA

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