Caption: El Morro, started in 1540, is the oldest European construction in the National Park Service. It is part of a massive fortification system developed on the island of Puerto Rico to help Spain control access and commerce into the Caribbean until the Spanish American War in 1898.
My first postcard from Puerto Rico! A childhood friend moves about as a sales rep for a jewelry company. After a few seasons in Alaska, the company has stationed her to thaw in San Juan. She sent this postcard with a lovely note and a little blown glass green frog modeled after the regional frogs called coquís.
“…I thought you might like to see El Morro fort and the city of Old San Juan. The fort is one of my favorite parts of about [sic.] San Juan. It’s where I like to go running after work. The old stone walls and history keeps me excited & happy after the long hours. It’s especially beautiful at night & I hope you can come see it someday, you’d love it. Also the little frog is called a Coquí. They’re usually brown but this guy was pretty cute so it[‘]s not an exact image but artistically embellished. They’re all over Puerto Rico and they are so tiny! I’ve never seen one but I can hear them chirrping [sic.] all night; they’re so loud…”
Here’s a picture of a real coquí on a person’s thumb http://home.coqui.net/calypso/images/coqui.jpg
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Halloween leftovers I’ve found:
Check in again tomorrow when the long awaited RUSSIA WEEK begins!