Trip to Puerto Rico, Part One: San Juan -
We took a short vacation to Puerto Rico. These are pictures of
All of Old San Juan is surrounded by city walls. U2 was nowhere
to be found.
The walk around the wall was quite nice.
A turret within a turret. That's some next level horseshit right
It would be an understatement to say I did a lot of sweating on this
Overly dramatic statues, part 1.
dramatic statues, part 2.
Most of the old town was paved in these awesome blue
cobblestones. I'm sure there was a story for why they were blue,
I'll be damned if I know it.
Quite stylish on their part to match their houses to their flowering
During our walk we randomly stumbled on what appeared to be a cat
sanctuary. All these skinny (but healthy), very friendly cats
If you stopped down they would swarm you for a scritching.
Very sweet and cute.
Loved the contrast between the green field and the sky.
And when I tried to get Chelsea to pose for a photo on it, I got
nothing but attitude.
Fort San Felipe del Morro, one of the two old forts in old San
Great doors all over the fort.
A view from the fort across the bay. On the left side there was a
smaller fort used to create crossfire on any ships trying to enter
the bay, and on the right side...
...a leper colony! So metal. I wanted to go over and look
at it, but we didn't have time.
The lighthouse that was added a couple hundred years after the fort was
built. Still a working lighthouse.
The sea-side outer walls of the fort.
But Chelsea didn't give a shit, she had phone calls to make and
twitters to twat (actually, she was probably on instagr.am).
The old cemetary just outside of the walls. One of my favorite
pictures of the trip.
The town is full of colorful buildings.
And some decaying ones too.
In the middle of the La Perla slum just outside the city walls, you
have Carmelo Anthony Court, a way nicer court than anything
I have to play on here. Apparently Carmelo's dad is Puerto Rican.
On the other end of old town, you have the other (newer) fort -
Castillo San Cristobal.
This fort was built with dungeons and underground tunnels to allow
troops to quickly move from one part of the fort to another.
Also, the fort had an awesome giant iguana just chilling in it.
Seeing this guy just hanging out was easily one of my highlights
of the trip. Simple pleasures.
A view from one of the WWII bunkers back towards La Perla and Fort San Felipe del
Clearly, Chelsea's superior looking-out-of-the-bunker skills would have
clearly made her a fine WWII soldier.
One of the nice tree-lined streets in old town.
Street cats everywhere. Very friendly and clearly taken care
Lots of awesome tile work all around too.
Unlike most of the colonial-style buildings that made up old town,
there were also a few really amazing art deco structures that
caught my eye. This one was my favorite.
We randomly ended up in some park that was dedicated to pigeons.
They'd even built cubbyholes into the wall for them.
We weren't there long but I was constantly on guard for being shat
Fiinally, took a few night photos walking around old town.
We're off to the jungle next.