My first job out of college was for a large consulting firm. I was based out of our NYC office and at the time my then boyfriend, now husband, was working in Mississippi. I didn’t know many people in the NYC area so I wasn’t particularly tied to the area. So whenever any of my coworkers asked how I liked my job, I told them I liked it, but I really wanted to work out of town. The first time there was an opportunity to send someone out of town, they sent me. And boy did I luck out. They sent me to Puerto Rico.
I worked in Puerto Rico for a year and half. Our office was in Old San Juan literally across the street from where the cruise ships came into port. Now that may sound nice, but remember I was working. And I was working really long hours. The room my office was in looked out on the cruise ships. It was a tad bit torturous watching tourist getting off the ships all day – so nice and relaxed and on vacation.
But I did have the weekends. The apartment I was put up in was right on Isla Verde beach and it looked out on the beach. I did not know how good I had it.
I really enjoyed when people came to visit. Several of my siblings and friends came to visit. And of course my boyfriend/husband came to visit several times. Believe it or not, I visited him in Mississippi more than he came to Puerto Rico. Since I was in consulting and everyone went back to their homes over the weekend, it was normal for people to leave between noon and 2 on Fridays.
I did stay in Puerto Rico many weekends. I had a great roommate. She was very motivated to see as much of the island as we could. When we went down, we didn’t know how long we were going to be there (we were initially told 6 months). So we decided to make the most of the time we had. I’ll cover some of our adventures this week.