So we have been in a little bit of a stale mate with deciding what we want to do with this blog and what direction we want to go! We have been spreading ourselves a little thin but we think we are slowly finding our feet, so thank you for baring with us! We are slowly catching up with all our footage and we have finally got to Puerto Rico which was .....uhhh .... hummmm...back end of January!!
We were actually unsure if we would even get to Puerto Rico. We had flights booked from the Dominican Republic but we heard on the news that they had experienced another devastating natural disaster, an 6.4 earthquake days before we were meant to fly! Flights were being cancelled or rearranged and it was only the day before our flight we definitely knew we were going....to what we did not know!
It seemed a little crazy to fly towards somewhere that was still experiencing tremors etc and we knew people in the south of the island, near the epicentre, were living out of tents for fear of another earthquake. The rest of the island was apparently ok. We have always been people that say "what can we do to help" whenever we see a need so we decided that instead of visiting tropical beaches, drinking cocktails and exploring hidden rain forests we would go and volunteer right near the epicentre of the earthquake...it seems a smart idea to us anyway lol! (look out for our next blog post)
We already had a few nights booked in an airbnb, in San Juan, that were non refundable and our timing couldn't have been more perfect and strange as the biggest festival of the year was happening San Sebastian Street Festival. They had considered cancelling it but it was felt the people needed something positive to focus on and something to celebrate, and boy did they celebrate! At the time going to a festival seemed so strange as we had in the back of our minds what we were about to do for the rest of our time in PR, but we also didn't want to miss out on experiencing this national celebration.
This seems so odd to be writing and posting about this now and watching the footage feels frankly bizarre. I didn't realise how "normal" being distant and detached from people had become. As we watched the footage seeing people without a thought or care for social distancing, hand sanitizer, masks or someone coughing, it felt like another world. Surprisingly it also filled me with hope. Hope at how quickly life can change in both trial and fortune. It will not be long before this time is a distant memory, something peculiar we all went through, and we will take our lives for granted again, take our freedom for granted and take our health for granted again! Lives, businesses, jobs, relationships will repair or regrow and bit by bit life will restore...because that is what it does. Time does not stand still and neither does life. It progresses and humans ultimately are survivors. We just need to ride this out and remain hopeful and positive. So lets hang on to celebrating life however we can even if its by watching this video and remembering what life will be like again! As you watch this video remember these people knew people who lost homes, possessions and were probably aware of the hardship it will place on their country. There is always something to celebrate (or be grateful for) however small it is and whatever the circumstances....we hope you feel a little uplifted and feel some inner peas....
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