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The Gringarican Handbook - stories about moving to Vieques, PR, life in the slow lane and becoming a Gringarican

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Cyndi Lauper, 1983

Anytime "the girls" get together life becomes easier.  Things just fall into place, there are no expectations, no schedules.  Once men are taken out of the equation, we enjoy reading in bed, walking on the beach, eating when and what we like and, of course, cocktail hour.  Our beautiful views are enhanced by the daily rum punch.  My favorite recipe is from Barbados, but since we are in Puerto Rico, I use Don Q Oro (dark) rum instead of Mt. Gay.
The recipe is a rhyme, and goes like this:  One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong and four of weak.  For me, that translates into:         1 cup lemon juice
                                  2 cups sugar
                                  3 cups dark rum
                                  4 cups water
    Liberally shake in Angostura bitters and grate whole nutmeg.  Serve well chilled.
Another thing about being with"the girls" is the shopping.  Not that there is much on Vieques, but we do damage where we can.  As we stroll through town we take pictures of intriguing architecture and all the different types of iron work adorning the buildings.  Passing by the NU2U shop, my sister sees the wildest, biggest pair of lamps.  A lover of the unordinary, she must have them.  We spend the next few hours figuring out how to ship them back (post office of course) and amassing all of the bubble wrap available on the island. 
After a hard day, we hit the rum punch.

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