Monday, March 14, 2011

Mellow Yellow Monday 112, Dancers in Puerto Rico, March 14, 2011

Quite a few years ago, I was a frequent traveler to the Caribbean - even though I didn't
spend much time sunbathing ( I loved the scenery, the ocean, the lush tropical vegetation,
the various cultures and the history ) but I never liked the heat so I spent most of my
time in the shade and wearing a "Southern belle" hat, using lots of sunscreen.  I guess
that's why I was suprised with my basal cell carcinoma diagnosis.  Well, at 66, with
years of looking at the sea, I suppose I could have gotten a bit of sun.  Anyway, it
was certainly worth it, I think, to see all the beautiful world that I did!

I was in Puerto Rico,probably, fifty times in ten years.  It is a vibrant exciting place
but I loved getting outside the city to other places.  One of my favorite places was
La Parguera and the Phosphorescent Bay and Humacao on the other side of the
island.  If I had to pick a favorite island, though, it is Barbados.  I think it is so beautiful,
with its calm Caribbean side and its wilder Atlantic coast.  Not to omit the fact that
my favorite rum comes from there, the dark Mt. Gay variety.  I've done a serious study
of rums of the world and, thus far, it ranks at the top.  I also like Goslings from
Bermuda, Flor de Cana from Nicaragua, Pyrat from Anguilla, Babancourt from
Haiti, Appleton from Jamaica.  Bacardi is not oe of my favorites!

Whenever I could, I took in a folkloric show or saw flamenco or Puerto Rican
dancers - or my favorite singers, Los Kintos, who used to perform weekly
at th Caribe Hilton.

Oh, the memories all this brings back!

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  1. Carmen, your cheerful and colorful images of these dancers sure would bring back wonderful memories. And whatever my challenges of today, I can't imagine ever regretting any wonderful experiences I've had.

  2. Hi Carmen! Beautiful pictures you got here. I love dancing but I can never be great as the dancers in the pictures.

  3. they call me mellow...

    very nice.

  4. 50 times to Puerto Rico!!!
    You have wonderful pictures from there.

  5. I saw folkaloric dance like these in San Antonio, TX a few years ago! They were marvelous! I loved their colorful costumes!

  6. You've traveled far and near, Carmen, and I'm amazed at all the photos you've taken over the years!

  7. Francisca -
    I would love to go back to Puerto Rico again. It's been such a long time. I started traveling to Europe and Asia, figuring I'd really explored the Caribbean extensively...but it's time to go back and see the changes that have taken place - only retirement has wreaked havoc with my finances.

    Hazelicious929 -
    The Spanish dancers are terrific..not just the professional ones but the couples dancing meringue, salsa and tango!

    Sharkbytes -
    Aren't the costumes beautiful, with all those brilliant colors?

    Jason Sparks -
    Yellow and all other colors of the rainbow!!

    Indrani -
    Well, I didn't really know India when I was visiting Puerto Rico. Amazing, though, I could get to England nonstop from Californi as quickly as I could get to San Juan!

    Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti -
    I love San Antonio and have been there many times over the years. Had a forensic nursing conference once and stayed at the Hyatt on the Riverwalk which was great fun. Also, went to my
    son's graduation from basic training! That was
    about 17 year's ago. He's about to become a master sgt! I think that's my favorite Texas city.

    ~✿~Icy BC -
    I've visited 45 countries and 25 Caribbean islands. Of course, on cruises ( 88 ),you're often only in port for a day so you don't get to see much. Many places, of course, I've been back to visit and stay for a few days. I've done a lot of regular travel as well. I only started cruising, really, in my 40's.

  8. Ahhh...the steri-strips. Is everything OK? Did they get everything. I'm glad you don't regret your time spent in those lovely places.