Note: We have returned from our trip, but since we didn’t have wifi, we couldn’t post our blog. We will be publishing our journals this week.
It is a beautiful morning in San Juan. The sun is shining! It’s “Black Friday” in the mainland but we didn’t see many signs of that here. We had a free 1 night stay certificate through Marriott that was good at a Category 1-4 hotel. (of course all the beach hotels are category 5 or higher). So our hotel for the first night was in the downtown San Juan area. I wouldn’t have walked at night anywhere, but in the daylight it was perfectly fine. We slept in until about 8:30 (no alarms!) and then since on Thursday our lunch/dinner consisted of 1 salad split at CMH, 1 yogurt split at JFK, and a bag of popcorn at our hotel at 11pm, we were pretty hungry!
We decided to forgo the expensive breakfast at the hotel and found the grocery store down the street our cab driver mentioned the night before. It actually reminded us a lot of a small grocery store we shopped at in Munich. We started to follow the Paleo diet/lifestyle back in July, which eliminates grains and dairy…so you can imagine traveling is a bit hard. We have dairy now and then but we try to always stay away from grains. We found some fruit, sausage, and yogurt to take back to the room, so we got our breakfast & lunch for $12.48!
We had a quick snack then headed to the workout room. After working out we got ready and Dustin went downstairs to the microwave and cooked up our sausages! We had our “lunch” and then checked out and headed to the Isla Verde Beach area where we checked into another Courtyard hotel. Here is the view from our new room!
The weather was so nice for the next 2 hours, we laid in a hammock the whole time until the rain started to fall. Unfortunately it rained the rest of the afternoon & evening. Melissa & Matt arrived in the late afternoon & we met them for dinner at a local restaurant called Metropol. It was a cuban restaurant. The food was awesome! Dustin had an omelette with plantains, shrimp, & ham, I had the Mahi-Mahi, Matt got a sampler, and Melissa got the local speciality the cornish-hen. Then we all shared, it was fabulous!
After dinner we trekked across the street in the rain to Walgreens for a few last minute purchases, Matt appreciated my discount when he was buying a snorkel & mask. We went back to their hotel across the street & played Phase 10 (card game) then walked back to our hotel.
Saturday is cruise day!