Island Time

Hitting one tourist trap to another, I have made my way from San Juan over to the island of Vieques, to the southeast. Esperanza is the town on the south side of the island. It is a main drag lined with beach bars, restaurants, food trucks, snorkeling and kayak rentals, and biobay tours. The people here are friendly, outgoing, and relaxed. No crime. My hotel owner said that hitchhiking is legal and totally safe. Not sure I'm going to jump right into the hitchhiking scene, but it definitely says something about the culture here. Culture that people refer to as being on "island time". The drivers are crazy and it's not unheard of to have a 4' x 4' x 2' speaker atop your 1989 honda civic blasting some form of Spanglish. Everyone I've met has a story to tell and no one was born here. Most are from the mainland US. Many have and now are either island hopping during their winter or have moved here somewhat more permanent basis. Others have just sought out the easy-going, happy-go-lucky lifestyle of being on "island time". Either way, it's fascinating seeing people not having a care in the world.

Today was a relaxing day at the beach. I spent nearly an hour meditating while surrounded by crashing waves, birds chirping, and wild horses grazing nearby. I just returned from kayaking a bioluminescent bay, Mosquito Bay. Unfortunately, the bioluminescence was nothing special. It's just too early in the season to see it as bright as you see in pictures like this. Once your eyes adjusted to the darkness, you could see the organisms a bit as you agitated the water with your hand or paddle. What was most spectacular about the kayaking tour was the sky. The stars were amazingly bright and abundant.

Sunset over Esperanza, Vieques, Puerto Rico - View the full set of photos.