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Puerto Rico, The Antilles

Nikolkaya • 5 minutes read • July 6th, 2016
Here we are in charming 

San Juan,

 the capital of Puerto Rico.
By the way, there was some confusion with these names. Initially, when Columbus landed on the island in November 1493, during his second voyage to the shores of America, the Spaniards named the island San Juan Bautista in honor of Saint John the Baptist, and the administrative center of the island - port-capital - was named Puerto Rico, which translates to "rich port." But later, cartographers mixed up the names, and since then the island (and the freely associated state) has been called Puerto Rico and the island's capital named San Juan.
The French, Dutch, British, and other Europeans repeatedly tried to capture Puerto Rico, but without success. Puerto Rico remained under Spanish rule for 4 centuries. It wasn't until 1898, during the Spanish-American War, that Spain was forced to cede the island to the USA, and Puerto Rico was under the military control of the United States for 54 years. In 1952, Puerto Rico received its current status of the associated territory, which means that the territory is under the control of the United States (but it is not an integral part thereof), the validity of the United States Constitution is limited; the supreme power belongs to the Congress, but the territory has its own system of self-government.
Newer districts of the city looked very modern.
Construction works were taking place everywhere; new buildings sprouted like mushrooms. By the way, there was a wonderful panoramic restaurant on the roof of the third house, in the background. 
But the most interesting spot, as always, was the 

Old Town

. The main square, of course, is dedicated to Christopher Columbus.
Next, we saw some well-preserved Spanish forts and fortresses that surround the city on all sides.
There was a cemetery (

Santa Maria Magdalena Pazzis Cemetery

) near the fortress.
It was quite remarkable. I thought it was a nice place to be at peace, on the beautiful shore of the ocean.  
There were also poor districts by the sea.
I liked how the locals painted their roofs.
In general, the Puerto Ricans tred to decorate and refine their houses, and it could be felt at every step.
In the wealthier areas, you could find sculptures.  
In poorer areas, old toys were used. By the way, this is an excellent idea - the old plush toys on the whitewashed walls looked really cool from a distance.
There were a lot of sculptures in the city. From traditional and monumental,
to informal and unobtrusive ones.
House numbers on the walls were in the traditional Spanish style, on ceramic tiles.
You can even see real panel paintings in some places.
It's obvious that the locals were very fond of their city. For New Years, given the lack of fir-trees, they decorated different shrubs and trees.
There was a very nice waterfront for walking in San Juan. By the way, there was a free Wi-Fi zone along the entire waterfront, which is more than 1.2 miles (2 km).  
And something completely unprecedented . . . free trams for tourists to get around the city, with stops at the most interesting places.
What else did I like?..
I liked something that was similar to ice cream - it was shaved ice covered in different syrups. I forgot its name, but I also saw it in Hawaii (I tried it there but did not like it).
And there were pelicans! They flew directly over the city! I didn't manage to take a good picture, but this one is enough for the review . . . . so you know I was telling the truth :)  
Author: Nikolkaya
Source: nikolkaya.livejournal.com
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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