Arroyo was the first place in the world where the telegraph was installed. It was here, in 1858, that the inventor of the telegraph, Samuel Morse, installed a private line from the La Enriqueta estate, where his daughter Susan lived, to the warehouses in the port of Arroyo, where his son-in-law, Danish merchant Edward, worked Lind.
The only native mammal that remains in Puerto Rico and that has not become extinct is the bat. By the way, the sounds of bats that are heard in the movie Batman Forever were recorded in the Caves of Camuy.
The beams of the roofs in the houses of Old San Juan are made of ausubo wood, immune to moths and time.
They last between five and seven centuries!
The Dos Hermanos Bridge, which connects the island of San Juan with the rest of the Island, is named after the Behn brothers who, in addition to urbanizing Condado, founded the Puerto Rico Telephone Company.
The statue of Juan Ponce de León, which is located in the Plaza de San Sebastián street, is made of copper. And you know what? It was made by melting the weapons seized from the English who wanted to invade the island there in 1797.
In addition, notice if Puerto Rico is special, that it is the third country in the world that has a greater proportion of professionals, looking at its population. It is spectacular!
Puerto Rico is the country with the most roads per square mile in the world.
The Puerto Rico Trench is the deepest point in the Atlantic Ocean and is one of the deepest sea trenches in the world. Located just north of Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Trench separates the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. At its deepest point, the pit is 8.4 km (5.2 miles) deep.
The site is geologically complex and is also associated with the most negative gravimetric anomaly (or downward force) on earth.
Puerto Rico is home to the world’s largest sea turtle; Tinglar or leatherback turtle.
In the facilities of what is known today as the Dorado Beach Hotel, Ritz Carlton Reserve in the town of Dorado, there was a small airport for the 1930’s, which belonged to the professional pilot, Clara Livingston, friend of the first female pilot, Amelia Earhart.
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Puerto Rico is one of the lands of America with the richest history, where the Hispanic tradition is best preserved.
Mid-January, 40° F. 40° F, and Australia is burning.
Cabin is quiet, but for the heater humming, knocking down the chill.
Headlights illuminate I-95, dry road. 74 mph. Speed lane. I pass Truckers on my right, a convoy racing to beat rush hour into Manhattan. Google Maps updates arrival time in Midtown: 55 minutes.
I re-grip the steering wheel, shift in my seat, adjust the seat belt, uncomfortably snug across my lower belly.
Two nights before. At kitchen table. Fingers untie the bow, then move to the white wrapping paper covering the gift from the Chocolate Chalet. Hand made chocolates, hand selected by a friend, a colleague, and her children. Milk Chocolate. Raspberry jelly. Cherry. Vanilla Creme. Dark Chocolate. Nut clusters. I cordon off a Do Not Cross area around the table signalling My Box, My Chocolates, My Zone.