Wayward Lovers

[wey-werd] turning or changing irregularly; irregular: a wayward breeze.

The Forts of San Juan

We visited both Forts in Old San Juan and it was cool.

San Felipe del Morro Fortress

A Spanish fortification built in the 16th century

Our first Fort adventure was just around the grounds and not inside. The Fortress of San Felipe is set on the edge of Old San Juan between a large open field and the Ocean. There is so much to explore outside of the Fort itself.

Next to the Fort is an amazing cemetery on the sea. It is all white and sparkly next to the intensely blue ocean and sky.

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The area around the Fort is giant and has lots of areas to explore if you can stand the heat of the day.

Find your shade!

We found so many iguanas (the other cats of the Caribbean).

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Everyone uses the big grassy area to have picnics, fly kites, and hang with fams.

On another excursion we made the trip inside the Fort.

Blue is my most favourite colour!

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Castillo de San Cristóbal

A walled and heavily fortified citadel built between 1765 and 1785. This fortress is a little bit further in along the ocean and still part of Old San Juan.

Drawings from pirates!

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The fort has lots of different structures from different eras.

If you ever make it to Puerto Rico don’t miss out on the incredible history of the forts in San Juan. It’s 100% cool pirate stories and exciting tales of war! I realize i’m romanticizing a time that was really really awful, but like, TV/Movies has taught me to love pirates and exploration, and then ignore the terrible impact of colonialism. Road to El Dorado, Pirates of the Caribbean, Muppet Treasure Island, etc. all key in my understanding of history.

Next: a bunch of Cat photos.

~B~