Thursday, April 07, 2011

Miramelindas en el Yunque!

Always beautiful at every corner!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

34 or More Small Earthquakes in the Puerto Rico Region

I have become an avid earthquake follower since the Christmas Eve earthquake which rattled my chair last year. Having most of my family in Puerto Rico, it isn't hard to understand why I would frequently check how the earth is shaking back home since Puerto Rico does lie on a fault line.

So today, I did. As I scrolled down on the USGS recent earthquake list I saw the usual NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN... that area has not stopped shaking since the big one last month. Then a new one, OAXACA, MEXICO, 4.3., not too bad. OREGON, ALASKA (not unsual), BAJA CALIFORNIA (recently it was Northern California, Central California, and Baja California several times a day), and no I am not yelling! This is how they appear in the report, each site is capitalized. Then I saw PUERTO RICO REGION. Okay, just a 2.7 Magnitude. Not a problem...until, I kept scrolling down. There must have been a misprint, I thought. 2.7, 2.8, 3.0, 3.1, 3.5 and they kept going and going and I started to lose count. I said wait a minute here. These are a lot of earthquakes. I started counting. I may have counted wrong but I counted at least 34 since eight o'clock last night. It was as if at eight someone said, "Let it rip," and it did.
34 of them. I need to count again.

In any case, I will gladly take 34 small tremors to a "big one" any day!

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Finally Capturing the Color

Miramelindas or Impatiens have extravagant colors, and I had never been able to capture them. I think I finally did! It required some adjustment to the light factor on my camera and the color seemed to reflect the real thing.

I also took pictures of the trees teeming with life in its branches including ferns, bromeliads and lichen. Enjoy.

Coca de Sardinas

A fish dish for Lent only available on Fridays at La Bombonera.

La Bombonera in Old San Juan

Though La Bombonera may not be fancy this narrow coffee shop/ restaurant/bakery right in the center of Old San Juan offers you excellent coffee of all types, really good food at the right price, and a whole lot of history and tradition for free. To top that off it is the best place for those fluffy sweet breads called mallorcas which make your mouth water just talking about them. La Bombonera is located on 259 San Francisco Street, east of the Plaza Colon. You won't want to miss this truly traditional bakery that is more than 100 years old. You will find that it is open to the wee hours of the night and during lent you can get traditional Spanish food. I had a lovely experience and have that extra pound to show for it. Don't miss it! For more information email them at