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Old 08-10-2008, 08:51 AM
 
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Old 09-09-2008, 01:18 PM
 
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My wife and I just spent a week of "vacation" in the island ghetto known as Puerto Rico. Never again.

Visit first. You'll change your mind.

Island ghetto town, how sad....funny the mindframe that people go on vacation. If people did not go with a superiority attitude and actually made an effort to leave the resorts and mingle with the locals, maybe they would have a different experience. As if in the USA there are no ghettos. I am not Boricua and I am not American, but believe that I have seen ghettos in USA that reminded me of war zones, so run down that they were. I had a fantastic time in PR and I can happily say that I returned on 3 different occasions.

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Old 09-10-2008, 07:20 PM
 
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blue collar gringo? I never lived in PR but i have had TONS of puerto rican friends and they were alllll awesome. They taught me spanish over beers at the bars in st. john and i worked with them every day at the construction site, and they fixed my cars and watched my back at night. I think puerto ricans are the coolest people in the whole caribbean, next to domanicans(sp?)

PR should be the 51st state of the Union. 48ers will have more in common with puerto ricans than anyone else in the caribbean.
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Old 11-04-2008, 12:59 AM
 
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Hello, I've never been to PR, but I've seen pics, and it seems to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth. I'm a blue collar machinist by trade, and have also drove taxi for several years before that. Every now and then I get an urge to up and leave Pennsylvania for "greener pastures", and Puerto Rico is on my short list of places I'd think I'd like to live.
You consider Puerto Rico to be greener pastures. What are you smoking crack, Puerto Rico ain't no freaking land of opportunity that's for sure. Why do you think there are more Puerto Ricans living in the U.S than there are in Puerto Rico.
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Old 01-11-2009, 08:34 PM
 
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I've been to Puerto Rico at least 10 times over the last few years. Puerto Rico is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. I think Puerto Rico has A LOT greener pastures than PA has. The US is all about money, and working your life a way to get it. Puerto Rico for the most part is not like that. The guy who said he went on vacation to the ghetto island OBVIOUSLY did not ever leave his hotel or the tourist driven San Juan. One thing you have to realize is that the majority of the Puerto Rican people only work to supply themselves with the essentials. Generally, their houses are small and not lavish. They spend their lives with their family and friends instead of working two jobs with their kids in day care to pay for the new SUV and McMasion. Are their more economical opportunities in the states? Of course, look at the size difference. Although, there is A LOT of industry on the island. Unilevel, lutron and J&J in Las Piedras,PR alone. HP has a plant in aguadilla. Johnson Controls has plants all over the island. Their are pharm. companies all over the island also. Most of these companies are American owned and managed. Bilingual is a requirement though. I plan to move to PR in the next few years. I am building a small two bedroom house powered by solar and wind, solar hot water(all excellent on the island) on a two cuerda lot(about two acres) where there are more bananas, plantains, bread fruit, oranges, limons, limes etc than you can eat! My fiance was born and raised there, so it is a little easier for me to make the transition. Anywhere on the island you are not more than 15 miles from the beach.
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Old 01-11-2009, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Puerto Rico
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... Anywhere on the island you are not more than 15 miles from the beach.
LOL, whatever I enter into my GPS is about 10 to 15 minutes away, but somehow it always takes 30 to 60 minutes to get there At least this is true of SJ
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Old 01-13-2009, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Maine
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My wife and I just spent a week of "vacation" in the island ghetto known as Puerto Rico. Never again.

Visit first. You'll change your mind.
then you don't have a true appreciation of the Island. You sound arrogant to me!
I've spent every Christmas and New Years there for the last 10 years. you must have been in the "wrong location". Too bad for you.

try staying in the rain forest. it's beautiful!!

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Old 01-15-2009, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Puerto Rico
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My wife and I just spent a week of "vacation" in the island ghetto known as Puerto Rico. Never again.

Visit first. You'll change your mind.
Too bad that you make such a statement. Have you ever been to other Carib islands (outside of all inclusive resorts)? How do these compare to PR? I have been, and PR is a much better off place than many of the places I have been to. Also, I am not sure how much traveling have you done within the mainland USA. Personally, I visited many states by car and there are places in the great land of USA that closely resemble third world country. Of course one would make a mistake by judging the entirety of USA based on some of these areas. If you have traveled to Europe, then you will see that off the beaten path you will find places that look nothing like the postcards people send home.

Of course things are relative so perhaps you can explain which specific area you have visited and from which region you came from to vacation in PR.
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Old 01-15-2009, 06:29 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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I spent a year in PR, Ponce to be exact. never before in the CONUS have I have been ever been stopped by NG raiding a apartment (barrio) with Machine guns. Complex was shut down for weeks with Humvees guarding all entrances with 50 cal machine guns pointing at us. Lot's of other stories to tell.

But, in all, it was a good experience that I would not want to go through again. Did make some good people.
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Old 08-17-2009, 08:37 AM
 
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To the original poster, I say go for it. Why? Because nowadays you can telecommute from home. You can do data entry, cutomers service, billing, whatever-all from home on the computer. You wouldn't earn a ton but you would make enough to get by.

However, you should know Spanish before you go in order to be happy and have meaningful interactions with the locals and to integrate yourself into the area.

You only live once and if it doesn't work out PA will always be there...
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