Well, I thought I'd be home by 11 a.m. yesterday. Then I thought I'd be home by 4 p.m.-ish yesterday. But that was before they loaded up the ferry...and then loaded up the ferry some more. I knew we had a long wait but hey, Semana Santa has begun and I was tired so I just read and then curled up to sleep. As the engines slowed I woke up with a start, put away my blankie/pillow and called Linda to tell her we were almost at the dock, could she come pick me up? Then the woman behind me says... "Does the ferry always go to Vieques before going to Culebra?" I looked over and well hell! That there ain't the Culebra ferry dock! Apparently the long loading was the overspill of the Vieques bound. Of COURSE we should take them there first...I mean, isn't Culebra known for our friendliness, our courtesy, our manana, tranquillo attitude, our bend over and...oh never mind. But we got a real nice sunset sighting of St. Thomas and it was all pretty laughable. Sort of. Especially since we didn't end up at the St. Thomas dock next...
More of Semana Santa (Easter Week) later, but two things right now. One is a comment from an earlier post that I think is important enough to post here. I'm not really sure how comments work when YOU look at the blog. If you are notified there might be new comments, etc. But if not, here we go:
Hi MJ - I live in Vieques and met you once back in the day when we had a ferry between our islands. My name is Ricci. I got a "synopsis" email of the Sat. meeting about the bridge issue which includes a link that Culebrans can use too to post comments. The hearing was held by the House of Representatives under the leadership of our Rep. Johnny Mendez. Those who want to provide their testimony/ opinion on the question of the ferry routes or the bridge can send comments to: Rep. Johnny Mendez at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or fax it to 787.725.7444
Thanks, Ricci! Sorry I don't remember you by name, but no doubt by face when I'm over there again sometime, hopefully by choice and to stay awhile.
Second, I got the following in my email this morning from a newsletter I get from this site. I thought it was worth a fun and informative bit of study. Um, if you're not fluent. Like...some of us who should be. Well, onward!
Posted: 04 Apr 2009 09:25 AM PDT
You can‘t come to Puerto Rico without trying the local cuisine. Whether you are planning on eating at local restaurants or buying food at local markets, it’s a good idea to have a basic understanding of the Puerto Rican names of food and dishes.
Learning some of these (if not all) will help you enjoy your trip here, even more.
|Arroz con Grandules||Rice with green pigeon peas|
|Arroz con Pollo||Rice with chicken|
|Arroz y Habichuelas||Rice & Beans|
|Chicharrón||Pork crackling (fried pork skin)|
|Croquetas de pescados||Fish croquettes|
|Empanada / Empanadilla||Fried pastry turnover stuffed with meat|
|Mofongo||Fried and mashed green plantain|
|Pasteles||Shredded root vegetable tamales|
|Queso Blanco||Puerto Rican white cheese|
|Relleno||Ground beef and mashed potato fritter|
|Tostones||Fried green plantains|
|Pescados & Mariscos||Fish & Seafood|
|Carne & Aves||Meat & Poultry|
|Lechón Asado||Roast Pig|
|Molida||Ground as in ground beef|
|Ropa Vieja||Shredded beef|
|Verduras / Vegetables||Vegetables|
|Berenjena||Eggplant / Aubergine|
|Papas Fritas||French fries|
|Dulces & Postres||Sweets & Desserts|
|Arroz con dulce||Rice pudding|
|Flan||Custard / creme caramel|
|Galleta||Cookie / biscuit|
|Limber||Frozen fruit juice|
|Tembleque||Coconut milk & sugar custard|
|Tres Leches||Cake made with 3 milks|
|Cafe con leche||Coffee with milk|
|Cafe negro||Black coffee|
|Coquito||Rum eggnog (Christmas drink)|
|Mavi||Fermented drink from Mavi bark|
|Piragua||Shaved ice drizzled with fruit syrup|
|Refresco||Soda / fizzy pop|
|Vino tinto||Red wine|
|Vino blanco||White wine|
The above list is just a sample of what you can eat and drink here in Puerto Rico. If you think that one of the translations may not be correct, please add to the comments section below. Also, if there is anything that I have missed off that you think should be there, again, please add to the comments below.