Category: Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico: Proyecto 78 pueblos 1 bandera

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Move over Pókemon Go and geocaching there’s a new family-friendly activity going on in Puerto Rico right now.  What is it? It’s “Proyecto 78 pueblos 1 bandera” (78 flags 1 town).  It’s basically looking for flags that are strategically painted across the island.

Proyecto: 78 pueblos y 1 bandera Ubicación: Manatí, Playa Mar Chiquita Carr. 648

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Mission of Love: Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Effort Trip

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On September 20th Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria.  On October 27th, exactly one month and a week later I traveled to Puerto Rico to bring provisions to family and friends on a Mission of Love: Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Effort Trip. 

Puerto Ricans in the diaspora with a mission of love.

At the airport, I realized I wasn’t the only one lugging boxes and suitcases of provisions.  I spoke to a few people who were on the same mission that I was on!  To bring to their loved ones some relief.  We joked about how heavy our bags were, and how batteries are a hot commodity in Puerto Rico.  We weren’t strangers talking.  We were Puerto Ricans in the diaspora sharing one thing in common: to help our families. Read More…

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Christmas in Puerto Rico: Puerto Rican Roast Pork

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The Puerto Rican roast pork or as it’s commonly known “lechón asado” is a staple in every menu across the island during the Christmas holiday. Served with arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas), guineos en escabeche (pickled green bananas), pasteles (similar to tamales), and ensalada de coditos (cold pasta salad) it is an explosion of flavors and pure deliciousness!

Be warned! This menu is not for those on a diet! ?

Puerto Rican Flamboyant Tree

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Although the Puerto Rican Flamboyant tree is not the island’s national tree, it is one of the most beautiful and recognizable trees across the island.

They are colorful,  and very majestic.  Hailing from Madagascar these exotic trees have adapted to it’s
natural environment on the island.
“El flamboyán” in Spanish is also a familiar Puerto Rican symbol. You will see it in many paintings, drawings, and calendars.
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40 Things to do with Kids in Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico is a beautiful destination to go on vacation or during the holidays. All year-long you will enjoy tropical weather! Even during the “winter” months with it being a little bit cooler (low 70’s in the evenings and high 80’s during the day) it is still the perfect destination to go with kids!

The best part is that you don’t need a passport to visit the beautiful island of Puerto Rico! Here are 40 things you can do with kids:

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Puerto Rico Olympic Medalist Winners

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**Updated**
Monica Puig became Puerto Rico’s first gold medalist during the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Despite the fact that Puerto Rico is an unincorporated U.S. territory it has participated in the Olympics as an “independent” country. This is in due to the fact that it was recognized by the International Olympic Committee Charter back in 1948 as a separate entity (country) from the U.S.A.
Puerto Rico has had eight Olympic medalist winners, 6 bronze medals, and 2 silver medals.
I’m really excited to share with you eight Puerto Rican Olympic Medalist:
Images via Commons Wikimedia herehere and here

  • Juan Venegas, Bronze Medal from the 1948 London Games in Boxing.
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  • Orlando Maldonado, Bronze Medal from the 1976 Montreal Games in Boxing.
  • Luis Ortiz, Silver Medal from the 1984 Los Angeles Games in Boxing.
  • Aristides Gonzalez, Bronze Medal from the 1984 Los Angeles Games in Boxing.
  • Anibal Acevedo, Bronze Medal from the 1992 Barcelona Games in Boxing.
  • Daniel Santos, Bronze Medal from the 1996 Atlanta Games in the Boxing.
Image source Santos on the right
  • Jaime Espinal, Silver Medal from the 2012 London Games in Wrestling.
  • Javier Culson, Bronze Medal from the 2012 London Games in Men’s 400 Metres Hurdles.
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I’m looking forward to this year’s Olympics, and rooting for my small in size country but huge in heart Puerto Rico!

 

Welcome to our Olympics for Kids series!

The Olympics are a wonderful opportunity to teach kids about the world and explore cultures together. Today, you can find more about other sports/games from various countries thanks to our participating bloggers:

Exploring Indonesian Badminton – Multicultural Kid Blogs
Popular Summer Sports in USSR – Creative World of Varya 
Handball, France and the Olympics – Lou Messugo
Capoeira: a martial art with a great beat – Brynn in Brazil
The big 3: soccer, rugby, cricket – Globe Trottin’ Kids
Copa América: We Are the Champions – La clase de Sra. DuFault 
Football in the Netherlands: The Men in Orange – Expat Life with a Double Buggy 
Summer sports in Latvia – Let the Journey Begin
Valuable Lessons From The Olympic Sports to Kids – Hispanic Mama
Fencing with Ibtihaj Muhammad – Kid World Citizen
Puerto Rican Olympians – Discovering the World Through my Son’s Eyes  

Don’t forget that you can also download our Summer Games Unit activity pack to learn more about the world and have fun during the Olympics.

 

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Puerto Rico Art Murals

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One of the highlights of our past trip to Puerto Rico was actually taking the time to enjoy our surroundings. Normally, when we are on vacation we’re on such a time constraint, and rushing through everything.
In one of our outings, and while looking for a playground for little one in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico we came across these beautiful murals.
Barceloneta is located in the north region, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, north of Florida, east of Arecibo, and west of Manatí.
The murals are located on Carretera 681 in Barceloneta, right across the Teatro Ernesto Ramos Antonini.

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