Slept in a bit after the raucous night before (for others, not us) and found a coffee shop close by to go get coffee from called Quatro Sombras (Four Shadows) named after four large trees that shaded the original coffee fields.
Cuatro Sombras Domingo Mariani arrived in Puerto Rico, from Corsica Island, in 1846. He settled in the mountains of Yauco, where he founded the Hacienda Santa Clara. The coffee he processed and exported helped Puerto Rico acquire world-wide renown. Growing coffee in the shade was a common practice back then.
I’m tempted to rename our house Tres Sombras, as we have 3 large trees on our property. Right now the name is Dos Arboles. Still pretty, but not nearly as poetic. Being as we slept in, we didn’t get to do as much exploring in the morning before our workday, so we came back and got set up for work. We made it halfway through the workday, productively I might add. I felt so much more empowered after the positivity I chose to surround myself with on the flight. We went on a wee walk to the water by the cruise ship port where there was a massive cruise ship. We walked by the capitol on the way back, and there were lots of president statues which I was surprised to see. I didn’t think we had that great of a relationship with them, but I’m sure we paid for those statues.
We headed back to the Airbnb and then the power went out again. Sigh... Fortunately there is a Starbucks nearby, so we headed to that to set up camp for the afternoon. And then THEIR Wifi went out. We were pretty dismayed and hung out for a bit. Sergio went back to the Airbnb to check and fortunately the power was back on. By this point we only had about an hour left of our workday and were able to finish that in peace. Then we went to explore more of the island.
We walked along the southern wall towards the Castillo at the tip of the peninsula. I really hadn’t done much research so it was nice to explore and discover as we went. We eventually made it to the park of wide open green grass and it was so cool to experience.
The Castillo was closed, but we had a fun time walking around and looking over the edge of the walls from different perspectives to take in the views. On the north shore there is a HUGE cemetery that is so cool. Lots of beautiful graves mixed with some where there was a rotting piece of plywood covering the opening!
The clouds and the sky were so beautiful as the sun set. It was a really lovely experience.
We then headed back towards civilization. We walked down a really beautiful quiet street, and I’d love to stay on it when we return to San Juan. The houses were incredible, with beautiful artwork and dark wood - it’s fun to be a bit of a voyeur and see inside some of the houses. We decided it would be smart to head back and change before heading to dinner. We had a hard time finding a place and ended up going to El Asador.
El Asador Grill Old San Juan
El Asador, where you can find the best seafood, meat cuts & Puerto Rican cuisine, has a prime location near Old San Juan's entrance, and right in the heart of the Old City's nightlife. The Best Mojito in Town. Address: 350 San Francisco Street Old San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901 Tel.
Sergio got the catch of the day fried and had a whole Red Snapper on his plate.
I got the seafood risotto which was quite buttery, but very delicious! We headed back to the Airbnb and enjoyed an entire night of uninterrupted sleep - Ah!20220208: A Long Walk