S: Christmas in Puerto Rico 2011
BC: Looking forward to doing it again!!!
FC: CHRISTMAS 2011
1: Our 1st Christmas in Puerto Rico since 1996
3: "Noche Buena" in Puerto Rico at Ricardo & Mildred's House Our first party of the trip.
4: Secret Santa! | Love the giver more than the gift.~ Brigham Young
5: It was all about the "photobomb."
6: "FELIZ NAVIDAD" We celebrated Christmas with the Muñiz Clan. Generations of this large family comes together every year and continue the Nativity play tradition, with a "Coro" singing all the traditional songs with a Puerto Rican flavor. We enjoyed being part of it!
8: Camelia & Rachel the "Bakers" of the family... found a recipe for "S'mores Bars." Absolutely "delicious!"
9: The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. ~Burton Hillis
10: Academia Maria Reina During our traditional ornament party we started talking about going to our High School Homecoming. We began counting how many of us had attended, are attending and will attend. It was quite a showing starting with Gisela-Class of 1975 to Mildred's daughter Melani-future Class of 2020.
18: El Tunel - the entrance | AWESOME
19: One of the underground rivers of Puerto Rico, Rio Tanama, Utuado. This is a 40 feet tall, 300 feet long cavern where the river runs under ground. The water is so cold... Brr!
20: We ended our adventure visiting El Parque Indigena de Caguana - The Caguana Ceremonial Park is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in the West Indies.
21: I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this - that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment. ~Hilaire Belloc
25: in Palomino
26: Hanging out in Palomino's | Palominito
28: New Year's Eve Family dinner at Pasión por el Fogón. Afterwards EL Conquistador Resort to start the celebration.
30: Mami & Papi starting a new tradition. A "Pasadia" (country style picnic) in Fajardo... The traditional roasting of a lechón, live music and lots of family & close friends!
32: Papi & Don Lolo worked very hard to prepare the lechon for the feast. Don Lolo's new method of cooking had it ready in 6 hours. It was delicious and the 108 lb. pig disappeared quickly.
33: "Ese probre lechón que murio de repente, con un clavo en la frente y otro en el corazón..." (A tradtional Puerto Rican holiday song about the pig.)
38: OUR OWN
41: Our trip came to end with a fun party, celebrating family ...bringing together several generations to laugh, drink, dance, reminisce and keep the tradition alive!