In recent years Puerto Rico has faced many hardships and debts because of several natural disasters among other things. The aftermath of Hurricane Maria destroyed many businesses as well as the tourism industry. The people of Puerto Rico also struggled because help was so slow moving. Corruption in the government was also a major issue in Puerto Rico so last summer the people rose up in revolution and gathered in protests. Their public outcry forced the resignation of the governor Ricardo Rosselló. This was a huge victory for the people of Puerto Rico and they deserve someone in office that will fight for them.
As many of you already know Puerto Rico is such a dear place to me because this is where my husband is from. Puerto Rico is home to my children’s great-aunts and uncles, and tons of cousins. Their grandmother is buried there as well. We heard firsthand from our own family members about what was going on throughout the island and how people were suffering. The revolution and victory against a corrupt governor was only the beginning of the people taking back their island.
Walking through Old San Juan I noticed signs of the revolution EVERYWHERE! In prior years there was a famous door painted with the Puerto Rican flag and tourists always took pictures in front of it. A few years ago the people of Puerto Rico grew tired of the corruption in the government and painted the flag black and white as a symbol of mourning and outrage. Now there are several new doors with the Puerto Rican Flag and these ones are in color again! To me that is just a sign of how proud and resilient the people of Puerto Rico are.
Of course part of coming back as a people means protecting your self and making some changes. One of the biggest changes i noticed in Puerto Rico is that that cash is king! After Hurricane Maria power was out for months and for some places almost a year! That means you couldn’t swipe a credit card, or go to an ATM among other things. So now it seems people and businesses just prefer dealing in cash. Restaurants, parks, and most small business will tell you there is a $10 minimum for using your credit card so make sure you always have cash on hand if you are traveling to Puerto Rico!
Words of Wisdom & Inspiration
“Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell not stuff to show. “
OUTFIT DETAILS & SIZING
For reference, I’m 5’1″ & weigh 104-106 lbs. I normally wear the following sizes: Shoes (6), Tops (XS), Jeans (24/00)
One thing that hasn’t changed is the old world beauty of Puerto Rico and the warmth of it’s people. Everywhere we went, people were dancing, drinking and just enjoying life and each other’s company. The people of Puerto Rico are stronger now than ever before but they still have a way t They are working hard to rebuild their economy but they still need your help! I highly encourage you to help bring back tourism to this special island and plan a trip to Puerto Rico. I promise that Puerto Rico will touch your heart and once you visit this amazing island you will find yourself returning time and time again!
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