That is true – a beautiful month in Puerto Rico; that was my February of 2016 thanks to an invitation from Antonio Vantaggiato to spend a month with him and staff/students in the STEMmED project at Universidad del Sagrado del Corazón in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

And it’s not the first time Antonio has been so gracious; first was in 2013 and second was just this past October when he asked me to speak at their TEDx USagradoCorazon event.

I put together a summary of the things there as a quasi portfolio type thing, but also so they knew where “stuff” was, as a page on the STEMmED site

stemmed-portfolio

which included:

That was just a part of the experience. There was the beach I could walk to. The mofongo. A free library in the street (two locations). Old San Juan. The mix of decay and modern in just a few blocks of Ponce de Leon Avenue. Stunning street art and murals on small and large scale. A student I met named Jose who showed me the lively culture in the Rio Piedras area. And road trips with Antonio and his wife to see the mountains and shore areas outside of the city.

And the warmth and welcome of people at Sagrado like Gladys, Bernabé, Sheila, Giovannie, Dorabel, John, Myra (a few Myras), and many more whose names I got mixed up.

And stunning sunsets. Stunning.

Flamin' Sky
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It’s there in a few hundred photos and 42 blog posts (not all directly related, but hey).

I wish I could say my Spanish improved significantly, but quizás un poco? Actually just walking around and reading as many signs as possible felt like it helped some. At least I will stop pronouncing it as “POR-toe REE-koh”

It is a place of such contrasts.

2016/366/51 On the Outside Looking Out
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The Shiny San Juan
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And always possibility. With all the challenges this place faces, I have seen much to be optimistic about.

2016/366/36 Sky Window Arching Between Two Storms
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Top / Featured Image: That’s my own photo https://flickr.com/photos/cogdog/24863152095 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license. This is the original and main campus building of Universidad del Sagrado del Corazón in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

As you can see they are catering to interests in social media with these signs that were set up- my first weekend was an open house for prospective students, quite a festive atmosphere.

The post "Un mes bellísimo en Puerto Rico" was originally assembled from spare parts of a 1957 Chevy at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2016/03/un-mes-mas-bella-en-puerto-rico/) on March 1, 2016.

4 Comments

  • Sandy

    Sounds like they got their money’s worth and you were a Mind on Fire, as usual! I see the Foto Cadaver (I love autocorrect’s assumptions on my part so much sometimes that I will let sleeping cadavers lie cada tiempo?) Dia has switched over to Spanish, but that was my high school and college language, so no problemas so far. Definite beach envy going on up here in the blessedly rainy Northwest!

  • Antonio Vantaggiato

    It really was a wonderful month!! And I haven’t even posted about it. Shame to myself. Your work, ideas, suggestions and openness have made a difference in my work and also in the inf115 course. Thanks again!!
    PS>> I have begun posting more often in my blog, which feels great!

  • Claudia Ceraso

    Hola, Alan:

    You’ve invited your students to plunge into a sea of ideas. I have just picked a colourful stone while walking down the beach. Not sure that can exemplify the open web experience, but I have certainly enjoyed the walk.
    Fue un placer.
    Regards,
    C

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