And when I’m hot, I’m happy.
I know that I’m not alone in this feeling. And if you live in a climate where summer feels like it’s only three months long, you feel my pain.
I am always amazed at how weather and environment affect our spirits. In my opinion, the warmer the weather, the friendlier and happier the people. I know that I am not a happy camper when it’s -30 degrees Celsius and have to wonder if my car will start. Or when I realize that I forgot to buy gas for the snowblower and will have to shovel my way out instead.
Warm weather = friendly + happy + no standing on ceremony type of people…
A combination of all these things mixed up like a cold cocktail brimming with dark Bacardi rum on a humid afternoon.
In all my travels to the States, Europe and the Caribbean, I have only really felt this combination here. And with each stay, my feeling is reinforced.
When I first visited in 1993 as a pre-cruise trip, I had never heard of the phrases “La isla encantada” and “The Happy Island”. But whoever came up them definitely knew what they were talking about.
Back then, I didn’t realize how deliciously surrounded by the ocean I would be or know about the warmth of the people – it was my first time.
But there was a palpable good vibration that I immediately fell in love with the island. The place simply felt like “home” the moment I stepped out of Luis Munoz Marin International Airport.
Circumstances usually dictate that I don’t do much whenever I visit, but I always end up speaking with lots of locals always ready to smile and greet you with a genuine “Buenos dias”.
Locals that include the I-was-born-here-and-I-will-die-here to the ones who left many moons ago and are back for retirement. And the younger ones who left for greener pastures and either returned because they missed the slower family-style pace or who fly in often to soothe their souls with some authentic rice and beans.
As a beach vendor once told me, “There are more Puerto Ricans in the States than in PR itself. But on the weekends and holidays, they all come home.”
Puerto Ricans love their slice of paradise and they want you to love it too.
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