Category: Puerto Rico

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

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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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Puerto Rican Terms of Endearment and Expressions of Love

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Only a Puerto Rican can understand and relate to these popular Puerto Rican tems of endearment and expressions of love. However, being in a bicultural relationship means conveying and explaining to my better half that if I call you Papi/Pai, I’m not really calling you Daddy. It’s simply a term of endearment for males. In my case, for my husband, and son whom I call Papi, and they both respond. Hahaha! 
Same goes with Mami/Mai. We call all of the women in our lives Mami not only our mother but our sister, girlfriend, cousin, nieces, etc. I find it hilarious when visiting my Mom in Puerto Rico, and have my nieces over, and I call them Mami and my Mom is in the kitchen responding ¿Qué?; and I say, it’s not you! She seriously gets annoyed. Sweet! 
Other terms of endearment are corazón de melón (melon heart) which refers to you being sweet, or big-hearted person. Calling someone negrito/negrita (literal translation is little black) is not an insult or demeaning it’s simply another term of endearment used to refer to anyone of any skin color who is Puerto Rican. For instance, Negrita, ven acá. Hola negro
Puerto Ricans love to ask for La bendición (asking for the blessing) is usually the first and the last word you say when you approach or leave your parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles. When we visit Puerto Rico I often remind my son, “Don’t forget to say bendición to Abuela.” Right after that precious word that I hold dear to my heart, I hear the words “Dios te bendiga…” Followed by a “…hija, negrita, mi amor.” Of course, it’s a Puerto Rican thing so it’d sound funny if he tells his African American grandma Bendición. Heading back home at the airport, and bidding our farewell  I say to Mami “Bendición” and she hugs us, and says “Dios los bendiga.” 
Last but not least important, is our famous ¡Wepa! Not so much of an endearment, but an expression of celebration, joy and jubilation. Pronounced “weh-pah” and you yell the word! LOL Wepa is a Puerto Rican expression of pride!
This post was created for inclusion of Multicultural Kid Blogs Carnival hosted by Malu from Bilinguazo.   
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Libros Libres (Free Books) Puerto Rico

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I first heard of Libros Libres (Free Books) in Puerto Rico via a friend’s Facebook feed.  The concept is similar to Little Free Library but it wasn’t just a small looking type mail box. It was a wall with milk crates fixated onto them full of books, tons of them!
Libros Libres  started in June of 2015.  Their main goal was to revive communities that were abandoned, so  neighbors can walk freely, trusting the streets that were once abandoned to be able to exchange conversations, and share one thing in common a love for literacy and books.

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