Monthly Archives: February 2010

Pulp Friction

A wonderful day in old San Juan, built by the Spanish and largely ignored by the Americans. We started with breakfast at the Bombonera. The Mallorcas on the menu were translated as “Spanish Danish” and turned out to be spiralled, … Continue reading

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Old San Juan

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A postcard from San Juan

To San Juan, capital of Puerto Rico and a sort of sun-baked, spanish-speaking  Belfast. Substitute plantain for potatoes, overlook the difference in temperature, and imagine all the houses painted brightly rather than built of brick and the two cities are remarkably … Continue reading

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Choreography and Carpet Burns–A Creative Collaboration with Doris Brazil

Following the Crone’s invitation, it sounds like it wouldn’t take too much to persuade Doris Brazil to don her nose clip and swim cap. The correspondence continues: Oh Blabs, Blabs, Blabs… fifty years ago I would have jumped at the … Continue reading

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Where chickens fly first class–and anyone can find a mule

So farewell then Vista Dos Mares, our home for the last week. There are 10 of us on the plane to San Juan. One pilot, 8 passengers, and a chicken. After the 30 minute flight to the mainline, we arrive … Continue reading

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The Case of the Sculpted Orange

The Crone spotted these pre-peeled oranges in a Vieques supermercado and couldn’t quite fathom their purpose. She bought them anyway. With the pith, they wouldn’t be ready to pop into a fruit salad or cocktail, but without it, the Crone … Continue reading

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The Foolish Virgin Islands.

You’ve heard of the British Virgin Islands, and the US Virgin Islands. The Crone’s friend Mike likes to think of Vieques as the Foolish Virgin Island. It is not known on what his assessment is based.

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In Praise of Arapes

“All superior cultures have fried bread” So opined the Crone’s traveling companion, a noted food critic, over breakfast more than once this week. On each occasion the Crone has beamed with pride. Tom was talking about Puerto Rican arapes—and the Crone was … Continue reading

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No Fairy Basslet

The people who package the beach gear sold on Vieques had a brilliant idea: provide a waterproof laminated card with pictures of all the tropical fish of the region along with every mask and snorkel sold. Now, this may the … Continue reading

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Haven’t seen enough of the sun? Try Vieques

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