A Celebration of Darkness & The All Star Island

Another week gone and another week I yearn for a glimpse of Glenn Rhee‘s face on The Walking Dead. I struggled through last night’s 90-minute episode in the hopes for an update on the hoard of zombies currently surrounding him and gnawing on Nick’s bod (fingers crossed), but nothing.

Lucky for me, I don’t go grocery shopping and enough children came by trick-or-treating on Halloween to get rid of all the candy at the house. I can’t gain weight if I don’t stress eat while watching TWD and praying for Glenn, right?

Over the weekend, we decided to host an impromptu Halloween party (or a “celebration of darkness” as my mother so eloquently put it) at our place and I decided to make a sleeping mask similar to the one worn by Audrey Hepburn on Breakfast At Tiffany’s (#basic, but a step up from cat ears). I went to the local Jo-Ann Fabric and bought two yards of gold ribbon, some blue jewels, felt and a yard of blue cloth. This was the result:

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Unfortunately, half way through the night one of the eyelids fell off so I decided to go as Tom Cruise (even more #basic).

No one knew who I was, which doesn’t surprise me as a few years ago I decide to go as Margot Tenenbaum from The Royal Tenenbaums and no one knew who I was.

“Who are you?” “Margot Tenenbaum.” “Who?” “A hipster from a hipster movie.” “Oh…”
Maybe next year I’ll be a Minion.
Last week was a big week for the Figueroa family. My little sister turned 21, my nephew got into his college’s basketball team and my cousin and his wife had their beautiful baby girl which is more than enough reason to begin planning a trip to visit my family in Puerto Rico over the holidays.
Most of my trips are centered around visiting my family but once in a while it’s nice to add an excursion or two in the itinerary and a lot of our friends always ask what my suggestions are when they are planning a trip to the island, so here are a few.
A few of my favorite places:

1. El Yunque National Rainforest: “The El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rain forest in the national forest system.  At nearly 29,000 acres, it is one of the smallest in size, yet one of the most biologically diverse of the national forests hosting hundreds of animal and plant species, some of which are found only here.”

This is actually not one of my favorite places due to the simple fact that I am lazy and I hate hiking. I’ve been there twice and the second time almost passed out while walking to the mountain’s peak. However, once you get up there, the views are breathtaking and splashing around the waterfalls makes it all worth it.

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2. Cueva Ventana: “Cueva Ventana is a large natural cave situated atop a limestone cliff in Arecibo, Puerto Rico overlooking the magnificent Rio Grande de Arecibo valley. It is a Taino experience where visitors can be in real contact with nature and the environment.”

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This is where we got engaged.

3. Bio-luminescent Bay: There are a handful of places around the world to experience a bio bay and Puerto Rico happens to have three! I’ve been to La Parguera and to the one in Fajardo. The Vieques bio bay is supposed to be the brightest so I’ll have to check it out! In these nightly, guided kayak tours, you’ll find yourself mesmerized with the shimmering glow in the water when the microorganisms in it are agitated.

My original list for attractions for this blog was massive and I didn’t want to bore you (more than you already are) so shoot me a message if you’re still looking to add additional activities to your itinerary or check out the island’s CVB website: SeePuertoRico.com.




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