I’m sorry to say, I haven’t taken many photos this week, as we adjust to our new city.
We’ve been busy doing projects to make life at the dock easy and more comfortable. Our tiny finger of cement dock (ugh – WHY are all Caribbean marinas built this way?) just happened to be the section where we’d run out of net when we fenced in the lifelines. Finishing that was top priority, as Marigot and Cole were keen on chasing every golf cart, bike, dock cart, or dog that passed us by. Luckily, our friends had some netting left over.
We also stowed a ton of things that we wouldn’t be needing for a while – jerry jugs, safety gear, snorkel stuff, our cockpit supply of towels, rash guards, and sunblock. We got through a backlog of over two months worth of laundry, and gave all the cushions and rugs a much needed washing. Adapting to marina life has not been easy, but I must admit that I am thrilled to have fresh water for cleaning and taking unlimited/indoor/hot showers again.
San Juan Bay Marina is adjacent to a new convention center, and we are surrounded by a bunch of corperate-y hotels – Hyatt, Hilton, Sheraton, and Marriott – a nice park, an airstrip for small, private planes, and not much else. But, some of the coolest neighborhoods in San Juan are within walking distance, and Brian and I have been exploring a new one each day (in the photo above, Brian looks over the wall to the beach in Ocean Park). We walk until we find a lunch spot – usually tacos – and settle in to try to get a feel for where we are. So far, we like the Condado, Ocean Park, Santurce, and Miramar neighborhoods best. We’ve been so busy exploring our immediate surroundings, that we still haven’t made it back to our beloved Old San Juan.
I didn’t expect that we’d continue meeting cruisers here in San Juan, but, to our delight, we were super social during our first week, making friends from all over. We’ve enjoyed several dinners with our permanent neighbors on Corpse Pounder, and had sundowners with new friends on s/v Clarity, s/v Play, s/v ca y est, and s/v Uma.
We’ve also put the boat up for sale. But that’s a subject for a future post…
See? I told ya. Not a lot of photos this week, but I promise to do better.