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View from Borenquin Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Soil pit in Puerto Rico. 1969. This course has encouraged the digging of soil pits (6x6x6) dotting the tropics like bomb craters all over the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America. Soil pits are to soil scientists what exorbitant fees are to medical doctors. Wondrous, huge holes in the ground with indistinct soil layers that often only they can see, so they can discuss oxisols, ultisols, vertisols, horizons, clay, sand, silt, muck, and such on and on and on and on and on. For a group who constantly wail about the evils of soil erosion it is amazing how many holes in the ground causing degradation of the environment soil scientist produce. As soils are basic to all agriculture I suppose one should not be too critical of such enthusiasm. (Written by a plant pathologist). Soil Pit in Puerto Rico

Pyramid of the Sun.  Teotihuacán, Mexico

Stone carvings near the  Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacán, Mexico.

Stone  carvings

Iztaccihuatl (The Sleeping Lady), Rio Fri, Mexico.

Maya carving at Ruinas de Tajin, Mexico. (Frank Peairs and Mario Contreras)

Also, there were numerous small shops nearby where you could by delicious shrimp or ceviche cocktails and wash them down with beer for a very reasonable price. I might note that one such cocktail made me desperately ill, but in retrospect it seemed worth it.

Veracruz, Mexico.  Veracruz was a great city. In one of our first visits to Mexico we made reservations in a hotel (Villa del Mar) right on the beachfront in Veracruz, but the management (mentiroso malditos) cancelled our reservation, so when we arrived there we had 40 people with no place to sleep after a long, hard day. After making telephone inquires we found there was sufficient room for us in the Hotel Veracruz on the zocalo  (central square) in the center of the town. What luck. A tragedy that became a triumph. The Hotel Veracruz was excellent, and all the action in Veracruz was on the square. It was lined with hotels, restaurants, bars, and some beautiful old historic buildings. You could have coffee or drinks or a meal at the numerous tables lining the sidewalks on the square. And marimba musicians were playing most evenings for the entertainment of the bar patrons. This provided lots of ambiente  (atmosphere) plus interesting people to hear and see while observing the activities of Veracruz at night. The students thought they had really landed in a great place, which they had.

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