Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
Published by Sato Mama J
Puerto Rico has been my home for three years, and I feel like I've still barely scratched the surface in discovering the best of the island-- not for lack of effort! So much of this beautiful, fascinating place goes unseen or unknown by visitors simply because the best of the island has zero marketing, and tourists end up following the usual agenda of the Bacardi Factory, La Placita and El Yunque, etc. Those are all fun experiences, but not enough to attract repeat visitors or provide enough social activity for transplants (not "expats"!) from the US.
Not An Expat is where I'll share the experiences and knowledge I gain as I explore my home island and I welcome suggestions and corrections! I chose the name for literal and ironic reasons-- Puerto Rican residents are US citizens (how do people still not know that!?) but culturally, technologically, bureaucratically and economically I often feel like I'm in another country, sometimes for better as well as for worse. As a non-native trying to learn more about my new home, I hope to do so in a way that demonstrates respect for Puerto Rican people and their culture, to whom history, especially US history, has been unkind, disrespectful and neglectful. I hope Puerto Rico always maintains its heritage and is free to maintain cultural practices as its people desire.
Although I'm Not An Expat, I'll never be a native-- No matter how perfect my Spanish grammar, I'll never understand my cooking/fitness/etc instructors without them asking me if I prefer they speak Spanglish. It'll never feel natural to call my Jeep my "guagua." But I want to better understand the place I call home and share its beauty, both obvious and hidden.
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