San Juan Journals

Mistress of My Desires

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A July 2003 trip to San Juan by Jose Kevo

Chance Encounters Photo, San Juan, Puerto Rico More Photos
Quote: No matter how far we progress in life, no one ever forgets their first time. Or, their first love.

Mistress of My Desires

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Overview

Chance Encounters Photo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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33 & Green: This has been marinating since joining IGOUGO in 3/01, but some of the actual ingredients go back to my first trip ever off the mainland for a week's stay in San Juan. This could wait no longer in celebrating the 10-year anniversary of when I got swept away and blown out to sea...My Secret Rendezvous: You don't have to tell me how difficult it is to have a meaningful, long-distance relationship. I seem to always find a way to steal in at least once a year rekindling passions. But 4-hour layover quickies often can't suffice....Read More

Cheap Trick and a Mattress

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Hotel

Guest House Old San Juan Photo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Long gone are days of finding rooms along Condado or Isla Verde strip for $30 a night, or booking 7-night stay packages for $595, including airfare. Last time I checked, the cheapest room listed through agencies when making one-night layovers was $89, not including taxes. Thankfully, there's still a pair of overlooked options for budget travelers.Guesthouse Old San Juan, located at 205 Calle Tanca in the heart of the old city, has became my faithful hideaway regardless of how long I plan on staying. This last trip, I paid $20 a night for a large room with fan and double bed, but have paid as little as $10 for a smaller room, or $25 for a room with air-conditioning. Vicente "Quique" ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 29, 2004

Cheap Trick and a Mattress
Calles Tanca y Fortaleza
San Juan, Puerto Rico
(787) 722-5436

Dating Spots

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Attraction | "Blind Date Advice"

Dating Spots Photo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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When showing up without knowing what to expect, a good first impression is always most important; especially if time together could be limited. Keep it simple. Based on Latin enlightenment, expect initial perceptions to be flirtatious, yet traditionally old-fashioned.Plaza de Colón is likely best for initial greetings. A statue of Christopher Columbus rises above a rotunda lined with steps and fountains centered in this large plaza dividing San Juan between old to the west, and newer to the east. Regardless of what plans transpire, use this as launching point whether taking a taxi, free historic trolley, or straying hand-in-hand.Off the northeast/back-side of the pla...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 29, 2004

Dating Spots
Throughout San Juan
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Paseo de la Princesa

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Attraction | "A Sensual Stroll..."

Paseo de la Princesa Photo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Plaza de Hostos is a secondary meeting place initially chaperoned. It's left of cruise ship piers and abuzz with the curious frequenting La Casita, which houses a tourism information center. Leaving crowds behind, make your way left onto the Paseo de la Princesa and prepare for captivation.This special walkway skirts outer walls of the old city and is worth repeat passage at various stages of sunlight, or nightfall when streetlamps and spotlights zero-in on significance. Decorative palm trees lining the initial stretch are stunted by fortress walls towering behind them. Beyond rows of shaded benches are small gardens with statues and local artwork clearly labeled w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 29, 2004

Paseo de la Princesa
Paseo de la Princesa
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00902
+1 787 721 2400; +1

THE WALL - Kevo's Sunset Ritual

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Worth the Wait Photo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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The few uphill blocks on Calle Tanca only escalate the beating of my heart after rushing in and out of the guesthouse to deposit luggage. There's a different type of baggage that always needs unpacking first. Once reaching Calle Norzagaray, what awaits has became my defining ceremony of auto-exorcism for wiping the slate clean. Just to the left of the small park area is a stretch of 9-foot high fortress barriers. Vault yourself up through one of the lowered rampart indentions, climb atop, and head where ever the wall may lead... La Perl...Read More

Pimpin' the Plates

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Story/Tip

Café Celeste Photo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Often on a tight schedule and even tighter budget, food is usually the least of my priorities while opting to sate an appetite of a different kind. I'm a faithful patron to some, but there's also always a new find on the blocks that manages to catch and satisfy my attention. Here's a few of my favorites, all conveniently located near the guesthouses:BreakfastCoffee dominates my Breakfast of Champions with a large costing $.89 at the Burger King on the corner of Tanca and San Francisco. There's a nice morning-shaded plaza across the street to enjoy while waking up! Fast-food joints litter the Old City with familiar fair and slightly cheaper prices....Read More

Up Close and Personal

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Side by Side Photo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Well-rehearsed images are always enticingly the same: Sitting on the left, at an "A"-window seat of an American Airlines jet; beyond needing verbal queues from flight crew or feel of the plane's descent. Heart and mind racing with anticipation serve as the built-in compass, confirmed by Atlantic white-caps becoming more distinguishable. Tease of peering through the window is almost unbearable until finally glimpsing "the enchanted one".These treasured visions have became an incurable obsession in progress. They never tire or fade, but conveniently keep luring me back for re-embellishments - enough time to rendezvous with what's obviously become manic fixation that I'm not sure h...Read More