This Christmas Season I am Thankful for…

Puerto Rico

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Last year before Christmas, I tried to keep it a secret from Santa that I abandoned the cold Canadian winter weather for warmer climates south of the border. Yes, that’s right, I ran to Puerto Rico as quickly as possible. I didn’t stay there the entire Christmas season (even though I wanted to), I returned home just in time (December 24th in fact) for Santa to find me back where I belong–on Canadian soil. This year, as much as I am longing for warmer weather, I am happy to say that I am celebrating the Christmas season right where I belong–in Canada. Continue reading

Merry Christmas from Montreal

This year I’m spending Christmas in Montreal, Quebec with my boyfriend and his family. I love everything about Montreal. The food, culture, and atmosphere are glorious, especially during this time of the year–Christmas time. This is my first Christmas in Montreal and I am enjoying every last minute of it. Montreal Continue reading

Turquoise Thursday: Christmas Spirit in Vieques

Vieques

Merry ChristmasFrom East to West Vieques, Puerto Rico is one of the most beautiful destinations I have ever seen. The beaches on the island of Vieques are in the top 5 beach destinations I have visited. Vieques has nature preserves, pristine secluded beaches, a bioluminescent bay, culture, and a history of revolutionaries and a resistance against their land being destroyed. Vieques is a destination I need to return to. When I visit certain beaches it’s as if I leave a piece of myself there, while learning something new in return. I’ll always have this intense burning desire to go back to certain destinations where I feel as though part of me was left behind. Vieques was one of those places.  Pictures don’t even capture its true beauty. I hope that everyone has an opportunity to visit Vieques in their lifetime. I’ll be happy if I inspire one person to visit Vieques based on this post. Even with the long wait times at the ferry, the rough ferry crossing from Fajardo, and the overcrowded ship it’s worth it. Next time I’ll fly! Continue reading

Puerto Rican Christmas

 

Puerto Rican Christmas

Merry Christmas Puerto Ricans know how to celebrate Christmas! They are known to have the longest Christmas celebrations in the Caribbean and possibly in the world. They start celebrating after the American Thanksgiving and continue celebrating until late January with their largest party being from Jan 16-19 for the San Sebastian Street Festival. One of my favourite times of the year is Christmas-time which makes Puerto Rico the perfect place for me to be around the holidays. Typically, I start celebrating Christmas the day after November 11th which is Remembrance Day (Veterans Day) in Canada. I’ve been to known to have my tree still up and lit until mid-January. Puerto Rico is the perfect place for me to celebrate part of the Christmas season. Continue reading