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

Let's Call The Whole Thing Off, George & Ira Gershwin, 1937

Unfortunately, our first trip to Vieques did  not end as we had hoped and expected - owners of a home on this wonderful island.  Since we had already made plans for our annual November/December trip to Barbados, we would have to wait until spring to resume our house hunting.
I spent the winter surfing the internet for rental properties for our return, as well as keeping my eyes open for new properties on the market.  We are lucky enough to choose Bravos House in Bravos de Boston as our home away from home.  The North Shore is our preferred side of the island.  We like being able to walk the hills, walk into Isabel and walk along LaChata beach.  The breezes would always blow and we didn't mind the cacophony of dogs, roosters, coquis and horses.
This house is all we could want!  Beautiful views, great breezes and well appointed with almost every kitchen gadget.  The outdoor sitting and dining area begs for us to put up our feet and relax.  There is certainly a difference between going on a trip (definition - going from one place to another, a journey) and a vacation (definition -a period of time devoted to pleasure, rest or relaxation).  Once you have spent a day familiarizing yourself with Vieques, it is all relaxation from then on.
Duffy's bar in Esperanza would become our arrival night haunt for many years.  Our first day chores of arrival and unpacking would immediately segue into early dinner at Duffy's.  We couldn't wait to taste our first Medalla and Don Q.  We gravitated here because a former Mooveover friend now lived in Vieques and worked at Duffy's.  Our friend Gilly radiated with the festival like atmosphere of Esperanza and we were introduced to all at the bar and brought up to date on local happenings.
On our way home, we encounter no less than 100 of the famous Paso Fino horses and their riders in full dress.  On their way to the Relay for Life event being held at Sun Bay we surmise.  We hope to also be a viable part of this community in the future and I get a little choked up at the thought.

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