Sleeping happily after having been gifted with 6 additional hours of power(AC), we awoke to howling winds at @ 5 AM when my husband’s phone received an emergency alert…sped forward a few hours as we watched through the windows, later through the rejas, tree branches bent double with the force of hurricane Maria- lots of haunting, whipping sounds and visual effects with driving rain and scary gusts of wind.
Next day, as we inspected the damage, we were appalled and shocked by the destruction and devastation of all the plant life and, in San Juan, of the destruction of building add- ons, of wood or glass or light -weight metal. It kind of looked like what I would imagine as the end of the world…
We all have experienced the grueling aftermath: no light, no water, extreme heat as there were no longer any breezes left.
We had food for about 2 days as we had made hotel reservations for the following week- LOL- no hotels available at all !
We found our food salvation at Bebos restaurant, Calle Loiza, with freezing cold AC, and delicious food – breakfast and lunch. Sat in after 6 pm of course., braking the dry law in our home- then semi-sleep until the next eerie day.
Two airline reservations, 2 cancellations, finally a third successful one that brought us to New York and family.
(BTW- never packed so fast in my life !)
Spent first week at son Julian’s apt in Sunnyside, then on to sister Kate’s home in Westfield, NJ, finally driving to our apt in Alexandria,Va .
So happy to have this “pied-a-terre” – it has really been a life- saver !!!!!😊😊😊😊😊
Julio has been busy doing business on the internet in conjunction with our nephew in San Juan everyday since we got here( Oct 1st ). Happy to spend time with our children – all within driving distance.
Return to Puerto ??
For Julio, when power is stabilized in San Juan
For Eileen – early to mid December, DEPENDING…