Over spring break, my school and I took a trip to Puerto Rico. We toured around the island for 6 days! Those 6 days consisted of visiting different schools, performing as a choir and band, and sightseeing!

 

Our trip started at 5 A.M. with an early morning flight. After 6 hours in the air, we finally landed on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. Right off the bat, it was hot and humid, just how you would imagine the tropical island. We took a bus to our beach resort with wonderful views. That night, I went straight to bed only to wake up bright and early the next day.

 

Puerto Rico - Adam Vossen

Puerto Rico – Adam Vossen

The next day, we went to a public school about 2 hours away. The school wasn’t the most well-off school. Nevertheless, the community was amazing. We sang and our band played for the Spanish-speaking students. Afterwards, we socialized with them and I ended up making a lot of friends and memories! Later that day, we headed to a breathtaking beach. Everything from the colorful fishing boats to the cute boardwalk was absolutely amazing!

 

Puerto Rico - Adam Vossen

Puerto Rico – Adam Vossen

Early the next morning, we headed for the El Yunque Rainforest, the only national rainforest in the northern hemisphere. We took a 3 mile hike in the pouring rain, but it was so worth it. We were able to see gorgeous views of the mountains and rainforest. It was definitely worth the heat and moisture. The rest of the day we relaxed at the resort, laying on the beach, and sitting poolside sipping smoothies.

 

Now for my favorite part of the trip: Old San Juan. Old San Juan is a colorful, historic, and beautiful city. We admired a government building with a beautiful dome and rich marble walls. We then walked the streets of Old San Juan enjoying the pink, blue, yellow, green, almost every color of the rainbow walls.

Puerto Rico - Adam Vossen

Puerto Rico – Adam Vossen

 

Puerto Rico - Adam Vossen

Puerto Rico – Adam Vossen

Sadly, on the last full day, our catamaran snorkeling and private island experience got cancelled. However, we managed to improvise and make it awesome! We went to a beautiful sunny beach with views of the city. I swam, chilled in a hammock, and walked along the beach. By the end of the beach day, I managed to get terribly sunburned, but it was worth it. That night, we had a farewell dinner and party; it was a blast!

 

I left Puerto Rico the following day with a raging sunburn, exhaustion, and a grateful state of mind.