Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Day 223: Caracas (the Viequense kind)

Max and I went to what is quite possibly the most beautiful beach in the world today - Caracas, on the island of Vieques, in Puerto Rico. The water was perfectly clear, the sand was white (in contrast to yesterday's!), the sky was blue, and, best of all, for the first hour we were there, there was no one else! We had the whole daggun place to ourselves.

Now, we're in Fajardo, which isn't the most exciting town ever. But our travel to get here was quite adventurous. First off, we heard that the people of Vieques finally got fed up with the shitty, slow and late ferry service, so they were protesting by blocking the ferry from entering port. What pushed them over the edge was that there are only two working ferries (out of nine), and the cargo ferry runs the most, but it doesn't hold many people, so 200 people were left at the port today! anyway, we didn't have all the time in the world to wait for the ferry, so we decided to fly back to the main island. For $22, you can jump on a tiny plane with ten other people and two pilots, and fly for 10 minutes over the ocean to Ceiba. Crazy adventure, and the first time in just about as long as I can remember where there was no security or TSA or anything! Just get on the plane, a quick note about where life vest are, and we were off!

Tomorrow... El Yunque rainforest. The only tropical rainforest in the entire US!

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