Sunday, February 25, 2007

i'm home- puerto rico trip part 1


Well I made it back from puerto rico-- and I had an absolutely fabulous time- i planned on blogging before i left- but life was complicated at the last minute by the great jet blue fiasco- in which our flight was cancelled and we were told we couldn't get to my parents for 3+ days- problem was we had to get there within in 24 hrs of our planned flight to drop of the smart boys and make it to puerto rico. This all unfolded 4 hours before we left for the airport (mind you this is vacation week where we live- and everyone is trying to get out of town) at which time the trains were sold out, tickets to my parents one way were at the cheapest $711 per person- but we were bound and determined to get there- so we rented a car and drove to my parents (9 hrs with smart baby) and had to stop in scenic newark for the night and arrived at my parents in time to basically throw our children in the house, sleep for a matter of hours and get on our plane to PR. It was such a crazy feeling to get on a plane carrying only my own junk! To watch the in flight movie, read a book and drink my drink without it and other things being sloshed in my lap. We arrived in San Juan Monday and rented a car and drove to our friend's the H's house. We went for a stroll on the beach, had dinner, and just enjoyed visiting. Tuesday we drove to ferry and rode it in old San Juan- were i bought the cutest polka dot summer dress, visited galleries, ate lunch 2x- once at a puerto rican place (where i had pork, fried plantains, rice and beans, and mashed plantains) and once at a Turkish restaurant (where i had the greatest Turkish dish ever- iskindir kebab and elma cay) I used to live in Turkey and love love Turkish food and it is very hard to find and so i had to max out my turkish food experience. We went to El Moro, traversed all the streets, enjoyed the gardens at the white house, toured the governors mansion, and then returned to the Turkish restaurant for dinner where we enjoyed a great chat with the owner mustafa who gave me a website of a turkish grocer out of NY) and we feasted on adana kebab, chicken shish kebab, the best bulgar pilaf, coban slata, sigara borek, baklava. picked up some more cute things for me and took the ferry back and drove home. To be continued...

11 comments:

Lei said...

Oh how fun! I want to see the polka dot dress... can't you just feel the warm weather coming our way? Yippee!

Hey - linked to your art on my new blog. :)

Vlyb said...

I LOVE your travel and food blogs!!!! LOVE THEM!

DMS said...

Glad you're back, I missed you! So did you get a free ticket from Jet Blue? Gotta use those new customer rights. Glad you had a fun time. [

CHEL said...

Glad you're back and super glad you had a nice time! (Even after the rough start). Every parent deserves some time away in our hectic worlds!

anniepall said...

welcome back!! what a great trip it sounds like you had! thanks for part 1, looking forward the rest...

Mamacita Tina said...

Heavy sigh, sounds and looks perfect! Can't wait to hear more.

Sabra said...

oh how fun! my sister and bil served thier missions in PR. my sister makes a mean fried plantain.mmmmmm. welcome home.

Lee said...

Looks like you had so much fun!!! Welcome home!!

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Hi all! Last year I was in san juan, and the Istanbul Turkish restaurant, and every day I was there, was so tasty and only Turkish restaurant !!!!!
And of this famous baklava from puerto rico very tasty. Grüss to Sülo!