Great View: San Juan, Puerto Rico
If I have the chance take a long weekend and go to work with my mom, I do. No need to twist my arm when a trip is in reach. And when my mom tells me she has two back-to-back trips to San Juan, Puerto Rico, sí, sí, sí is all this señorita can say.
Moreover, it was about time for me to pay homage to the birthplace of Ricky Martin. Back in eighth grade, thinking I was buying Livin’ la Vida Loca, I ended up with his Spanish album, Vuelve. I was probably the only middle schooler singing Spanish songs instead of Britney Spears, but that is where my love of Spanish began.
Located in the Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States. That means you get a great island feel and your dollars are good! The capital, San Juan boasts a charming colonial section, Viejo San Juan or Old San Juan.
A walk down the cobblestoned streets of Old San Juan will leave you content. The colorful colonial architecture of this town is a photographer’s delight. Even more picture worthy is the view of the notable El Morro standing strong against the backdrop of the endless Atlantic Ocean.
Castillo San Felipe del Morro, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was designed by the Spanish to defend Old San Juan from invaders. Now a major tourist attraction, this fort gets a whole lot of camera time.
The scene was stunning on that day in early April. The crisp green lawn around El Morro was a sea of kites being swept violently with the wind. It seemed like the whole city was there enjoying the optimal kite flying weather.
And it was then that I took one of my absolute favorite photos to date. I was in the right place at the right time to catch this sweet little girl, on break from kite flying, plant herself on a weathered ledge. Her youth, juxtaposed to the cemetery ahead and the sea beyond, convince the viewer to look out to ocean with her and think about whatever it is we think about in the presence of something so vast.