Recipe for relaxation, Puerto Rican Style
First, preheat your day to approximately 83 degrees Fahrenheit.
Next, prepare your soundtrack. Take a large scoop of waves crashing on the shore. Hear the swoosh and hiss as they roll in and pull away. Add in an occasional rustle of palm in the stiff breeze and a dash of some exotic bird call. If you’d like, you can add a spattering of quiet Spanish in the background.
Now, for the visuals. Carefully look around. Watch the breakers rolling in to shore. Overhead pelicans are circling, periodically diving into the water with a dramatic splash. One or two of them stop to perch on old pilings. They shake their feathers and preen, highlighted by the rising sun, which glints off the turquoise waters. One gecko darts across the pathway while another meanders under a multi-colored hammock strung between palm trees.
Finally, breathe in the warm salty air. Feel the breeze caress your bare arms. Let the moment sink deep into your bones. Enjoy.
Note–My husband and I are in Puerto Rico for a week-long vacation–our first without children in 22 years. This was a quickly written slice and I can’t figure out how to get my photos into it. Ah well–instead of battling technology, I chose to relax and explore. I’ll check back and comment on other posts a bit later.