Friday, September 30, 2011

Day Trip to Cataño, Puerto Rico

   Last Tuesday I had a day trip with my partner, we went to Cataño, Puerto Rico. I had the idea because I really wanted to go to their Salvation Army Store. When we got there we felt comfortable enough to stay and spend a few hours walking around the square in the center of the town.

Salvation Army - Cataño, Puerto Rico

   The store was nice but didn't have much variety, I only brought home one item which I'll tell you about in another post.

Monument to the Taíno Culture - Cataño, Puerto Rico

   We sat for a while in one of those benches next to the Monument to the Taíno Culture. What you see across the bay is Old San Juan, the colonial area of San Juan our Capital. There is a ferry that for a small fee comes and goes through the bay to the other side.

Pretty House @ Cataño, Puerto Rico

   We saw a couple of houses that were so cute we had to take pictures. These might even be antique, I'd dare to say that both houses were built in the early 20th century.

Pretty House #2 @ Cataño, Puerto Rico

    This one had this gorgeous pink tree that we spotted as soon as we got there.

Tripleta @ Cataño, Puerto Rico

    We were there for a few hours, so when we got hungry we browsed around for our trusted street food that never disappoints. We found a cart selling hot dogs, hamburgers and a puertorican favorite; tripletas. Tripletas are one of the most loved street treats in Puerto Rico so we couldn't let them pass.
 
Tripleta @ Cataño, Puerto Rico

   It is a sandwich made of a sweet and soft bread ("pan sobao") with 3 different types of meat; the most common are pork, beef and ham. They are chopped in small pieces and thrown together to a grill, when they are almost done a generous amount of mayonnaise, ketchup and mustard are added. When the meat is ready they cut the bun open and add a slice of Swiss cheese, shoestring potatoes and pickles, then they put the meats inside of the bun. Normally when you buy a tripleta they serve it tightly wrapped in foil paper so you don't spill the goodness. I must warn you, it is a little bit difficult to eat this without making a mess of your hands, face and clothes. It is a professional art to eat one and keep your dignity throughout the task. But know for sure that I recommend it wholeheartedly, it is DELICIOUS.

Volkswagon Sighting @ Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

   When we were heading back home, we spotted this Volkswagen Van. I LOVE these kind of vans, so much that I have one tattoed on my chest. I need to take a good picture so I can show it to you.

What about you? Have you had a day trip recently? I'd love to hear everything about it.

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