Wednesday, July 29, 2009

La Guancha Boardwalk

SS had fun today even though she spent most of the day indoors. The Abus converted their backyard into a huge terrace, with a gazebo and many plants. It also has a roof, providing lots of shade. SS ran around to her heart's content and just chilled with the Abus.

SS was so relaxed and rested that this evening we ventured out for her first glimpse of La Guancha. We also thought it would be a good idea to let SS run around to burn some energy. All in an attempt to make bedtime easier. At one end of the boardwalk, we found a group of people doing aerobic exercise to music. In China, we saw people doing Tai Chi, ballroom dancing an plain exercising in the parks. All done very early in the morning. I never thought we would find evening outdoor aerobics in P.R. SS immediately got her groove on and tried to imitate the steps. When it got a bit difficult, she just resorted to creating her own choreography.

After SS's impromptu workout, we walked to the other end of the boardwalk. I had warned P that he would hear people referring to SS as "la Chinita," or little Chinese girl. We heard that a lot tonight. The first time, SS was walking a bit in front of us and a couple noticed her. The woman stated,"Look at la Chinita, she is beautiful." The man with her agreed and stated she was the most beautiful baby (dude, all mothers have the most beautiful baby). The woman then turned around and saw us. OMG, her face was priceless, that double look, and a third after SS called me Mama. There is a reason why people in Ponce recognize a Chinese child immediately. In a day or two, I will post something that will clear this up.

When we arrived at the end of the boardwalk, we found a group of young people dancing. Some of their moves were the break dancing type, and others like those boy bands have made popular. SS had a blast and danced her tiny buns off. She even tried to join them on the platform. We took video, but U Tube is not cooperating and keeps rejecting the upload.

P was curious about the drinking age here. I approached a young man who was cleaning a table outside and asked. His answer? "Whatever you want it to be." He explained that PR is not as strict as the US. He also stated that as long as minors have adult supervision, they are served alcohol. Good to know, if SS can't sleep, we'll knock her out with booze. But, we will make sure to supervise her. The funny thing is that vendors card and are really strict about tobacco. BTW, 18 is the legal drinking age.

We stopped at a kiosk next to where the DJs were playing salsa music. SS had an acerola juice and liked it. When I heard acerola, I had no clue what it was. It turns out that I grew up calling them cerezas. We had them at the very of back of our back yard when I was a child. SS also had her first taste of an empanadilla. Her Puerto Rican side came out and SS added another food item I can't cook to her list of favorites. We enjoyed ourselves and are looking forward to visiting during the day.

SS putting her doll to sleep in the hammock. We really need to get her an Asian doll.

Relaxing with Abuelo.

SS insisted on climbing the steps, and made it to the top of the lookout tower on her own power.

Yes, it was windy at the top.

Don't know what an acerola is, but it is surely tasty.

This is just plain wrong. A Piña Colada topped with a cookie, sprinkles and a heart shaped lolly pop.

It did not stop P from sucking away once the offensive decor was removed.

I quickly got over the garish garnishing.

Yummy empanadilla de carne.

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