It’s that time again to sort through all the photos that have no other real place but in a random photo drop. All the little moments in life add up…
I love checking out old abandoned buildings!
Yard work is always humbling in its scale
And its rewards like seeing this young hawk up close
Or this little guy
Back side of the cabin as it is currently
At another cool abandoned house
Randomness of life here…Viking helmets and old nuclear reactors
So breathtaking -Spanish wall overlooking Pools Beach in Rincóñ
You know it’s a surf town when…
At the international folkloric music/dance night in Rincon -people from all over the world came like Turkey!
Slovenia! (With my funny friend Jenn! haha)
I thought the fiddles, overalls and square dancing was a funny representation of the USA, but somewhat accurate I suppose for folk dancing
Now that’s what you call a lot of junk in your trunk!!
Check out these cool mushrooms growing on rotting wood
White torch gingers at our finca
Plumeria caterpillar munching away
Beautiful Boquerón -standing
And laid out (thanks to Amanda for this photo)
You never know what you might see…ram horn helmet and a skeleton at a restaurant!
That’s quite the paint job!
And that’s one heck of a wreck!
We went out salsa dancing with fedoras at a place called Hydra and had a lot of fun! It’s a cool, hip place and while I love salsa dancing and music it does seem to be dying off as a popular music style here on the island. Bachata, merengue and reggaeton are far more favored at most bars. Salsa is like 50′s sock-hop music would be to most people stateside.
We got some moves- haha!
Yah, you know there’s just a random pyramid in Aguada
I know, that is a weird combination -John Denver being the hippie folk singer and Hector LaVoe the rockin’ salsa singer, but there is a method to my madness. I would say that these two musicians really encapsulate what people think of when they think nostalgically about Colorado and Puerto Rico. And…I like them both.
Before my mom moved from California to Colorado to be with my dad who was from here, she would sit and listen to “Rocky Mountain High” over and over. I understand her longing because now, I sit around (or dance around) and listen to salsa music- Hector LaVoe in particular and think about Puerto Rico.
Rocky Mountain High
There are definitely plenty of other great musicians from Colorado (Big Head Todd and the Monsters, 303, Glenn Miller, Yonder Mountain String Band, India Arie etc) and from Puerto Rico (Daddy Yankee (or Yanqui-lol), Calle 13, Willie Colon, Ricky Martin, Tito Puente, Jose Feliciano), but John Denver and Hector LaVoe represent Colorado and Puerto Rico respectively, to me. -On a side note, Jose Feliciano (Feliz Navidad singer) was born in Lares, Puerto Rico!
It’s interesting that both Hector LaVoe and John Denver changed their last names. LaVoe is actually a French name that means “the voice” and he sings a song called “Soy La Voz” or “I am the voice” and of course John Denver’s last name is the capital city of Colorado. They both died untimely deaths with Denver flying and crashing his airplane while flying drunk and LaVoe from drug use that led to AIDS. I don’t know if there is a movie out about John Denver, but El Cantante starring JLo and Marc Anthony had a lot of great music in it.
Here’s a great Christmas salsa song:
Aires de Navidad
Other songs that remind me of Puerto Rico and Colorado at this time of year are: Esta Navidad by LaVoe and Colorado Christmas by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.