Some days consist of changing plans and crowd avoidance. One day The Amazing Ms. D and I had planned to go to Museo de las Americas in Old San Juan. This is a new museum in the building of the Instituto Cultura puertoriqueno near El Morro. Things were looking good. We caught the T5 bus not 2 minutes after we got to the stop in Isla Verde. The weather was beautiful. There was no traffic and we breezed right into the bus terminal in 30 min.
Then we encountered our first problem. 3 cruise ships were in dock. That meant that almost
A busy day in San Juan port
Cafe El Punto
Instead of complaining a traveler goes with the flow. The trolley to the center of Old San Juan came by empty, so we jumped in. We went to Plaza de las Armas which is where the city hall is and our earlier discovery The Poet's Passage. From there we walked around Old San Juan. We had lunch at Cafe El Punto on Calle Forteleza. This was a wonderful find. It is in an old house. Some of the rooms are tallers for artists, some are the dining rooms and the kitchen is in what was the courtyard of the house. The alcapurias were good and the beef empanada was excellent.
We walked into some of the souvenir shops, looking for better quality and avoiding the tourist traps.
Truth in advertising
The point is – you can be tourists, make a schedule and stick to it come hell or high water. I have found that this leads to frustration and fights with The Amazing Ms. D leaving no one happy. Or, you can be a traveler and take what the day gives you. Will you see everything that you planned to? Probably not. Will you discover new things that you didn’t know were there? Most likely. Will you be more relaxed and have a more enjoyable vacation? Definitely!