Finding a Home in Puerto Rico - by Michael
When we got to Puerto Rico we didn't know where we were going to live so after about a week of being here we decided to go on a three day exploratory trip around the island.
|This is Hector's house. We are staying here for|
one month as we figure out where we're supposed to live.
This is a picture of San Juan and it is the capital of Puerto Rico.
We knew that we didn't want to live there because it isn't walkable and we don't have the funds to buy a car because we gave away the truck we had in Kenya to our priest friend Fr. Eric.
After we left the capital we drove west along the coast but most of those areas were really nice and we don't want to live in a place that is really nice so we just kind of drove through.
|This is the town plaza. We all agreed that we would like to live in a|
town that has a plaza because lots of people go there to hang out
and we could go there to meet friends and play and stuff.
Barceloneta was the first "MAYBE" because it has good schools with sports and it had a town plaza and it seemed really friendly.
Here's the baseball stadium in Barceloneta. My dad said that a lot of people in Puerto Rico like to play baseball and some other American sports too which is cool.
After Barceloneta we drove for a while. The next big place was Arecibo. It was nice. There were a lot of fancy cars there that were really cool. Here is one that I took a picture of:
In Arecibo there were colorful houses which were cool but it didn't make us want to live there.
We finally got to the west side of the island and found the town of Aguadilla where our landlord Hector has a house. I think he is fixing it up to sell or something. He told us that it was a good town because it wasn't really busy like San Juan.
Aguadilla has a part where all the houses are painted different colors. My mom said that this is her favorite picture that I took.
I think this building is really cool. It's painted like the Puerto Rico flag.
About 10 minutes later we got to a town called Aguada that we really liked a lot. We drove around the neighborhood and it seemed like a really nice place to live. Here's a picture of the town plaza which is where the Catholic Church is.
Do you remember that we wanted to live somewhere that has a town plaza? We marked this one on our map as "MAYBE".
Here is a picture that I took of one of the really rich houses.
Here's a picture of one of the poor houses.
My mom thought it was cool that there were peacocks walking in the street so she jumped out and took a picture.
After Ponce we drove along the southern coast toward the very recommended town of Patillas. This part was very dry and it didn't have very many towns that seemed like good places to live.
We drove through three of the sections in the bottom part of the county, but it didn't seem very appealing because it seemed like a place a lot of people go for vacation and not really just to live so we decided to turn around and head back toward the western part of the island.
We asked people where the really poor people live and they told us in the middle of the island where there isn't much water and a lot of people don't have electricity. We thought that maybe we should live there, but people told my parents that there aren't very good schools in those kinds of areas and some of them would be dangerous because the people are so poor.