Puerto Rico: Transatlantic Cruise Part Four

img_3502Fall 2016, I took a transatlantic turnaround cruise with three fellow writers. We ended the cruise in Orlando, Florida and Hogwarts. We started the cruise by spending two days in Barcelona which I talked about in part one. The first port stop was in the Canary Islands which was my part two report. Sea days on the Norwegian Epic ship in part there. Now I’ll talk about the second port stop in Puerto Rico. Our time in Orlando after disembarkation will be the last  post of this series.

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Day Eleven
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Wednesday, Puerto Rico, Nov 9, 2016

Docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico about 7:00am. Since we were now back in the USA, we went through passport control on the ship.

A travel buddy and I went off ship to the tourist bureau and had our day mapped out for us. Literally. Then we went to Starbucks and a cold brew for me.

img_3501We walked up to the old fort and around it to the sea. The picture above was taken neat the Plaza San Juan Bautista. Then returned and saw a large green iguana on the verge. We walked up the other side of the fort and got good pictures of the iconic guard towers (see photo to the left). Unfortunately the free trolleys were full so we decided not to go to the second fort and headed instead for the central part of San Juan which had lovely churches and seedy doings. We had a great rooftop lunch which included mahi bites, fish tacos, and shrimp tostones, all Puerto Rican fare. Lovely conversation and a good view of our ship.  img_3504See photo to the right.

Much revived, we returned to Colon Plaza for some shopping, then walked back to the ship. After spending time getting online (little success) and locating my slacks lost in the ship’s laundry (success), we watched Epic leave the harbor with a superb view of the second fort and sunset.

Nice, small, satisfying dinner at the Irish pub after stuffing ourselves at our Puerto Rican lunch feast. A simple salmon and Caesar salad. Lots of post election talk. I still feel peace.

At sea till landing in Florida. Two more days to write words upon words.

Before lights out in my studio, I watched the post-election protests on television and am still at peace.

Till next time, this report respectfully submitted by, Michelle K

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About mlknowlden

In 2011, I left engineering to write full-time. Between the years 1992 and 2011, I’ve published 14 stories with Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine that have featured the hypochondriac detective Micky Cardex and two stories that did not. The 1998 story “No, Thank You, John” was nominated for a Shamus award. Many of these stories have been included in anthologies and translated in multiple languages. With Neal Shusterman, I’ve also published a science fiction story for the More Amazing Stories anthology (Tor) published in 1998 and co-authored with Neal Shusterman an X-Files Young Adult novel (DARK MATTER) for HarperCollins in 1999 under the name Easton Royce. For Simon & Schuster in July 2012, we published an e-novella UNSTRUNG in Neal's UNWIND world. I have graduate degrees in English and Electrical Engineering.
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