Friday, April 15, 2011

Spring break in “Borikén” an Enchanted Island in the Middle of the Caribbean



“My heart is in Puerto Rico but my home is in Atlanta."
Liza Cardona

This entry is dedicated to my family...




Surrounded by a deep blue ocean, coastal lowlands and a mountainous interior lies “Borikén”, a tiny enchanted island full of myths, stories and history. 



Puerto Rico, previously named “Borikén” by the Taíno Indians, is an island of surrealistic beauty, and impossibly bright blue skies. 



The Taínos were friendly and peaceful Indians who were farmers and fishermen.

  
They called their island paradise “Borikén” which means: "the great land of the valiant and noble Lord" or "land of the great lords".

For spring break,  I decided to pack my bags and head off to Puerto Rico, "The Island of Enchantment". It lies between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean and is one the last colonies under United States control.

The island is magical not for having golden beaches, fluorescent bays, lush tropical rainforests with plants of incredible size and variety, or the most amazing cave system in the entire world but for its people.





I've to say that I feel privileged to have the opportunity to live and raise my kids in an island.



 

Puerto Rican kids can be quite resourceful.


They also shine within...





 There are many advantages about living in an island.
 



Your trips to the grocery store are not as frequent as in the US since urban farming is a common practice.














Banana, avocado, papaya, lemon, and mango trees are backyard favorites among the residents.







Eating the daily catch is part of our every day life.




We know by name all of our neighbors. In fact,  we sing and pray together during holy week.





But the best part (I believe) about living in an island is celebrating with the entire clan your grandma's 84th birthday in a maxi dress and flip flops ;) 


Happy Birthday "abuelita" thank you for the happy memories.
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