November 1st, Christmas begins in Puerto Rico. In many countries November 1st is celebrated as All Saints Day, the Day of the Dead, but in Puerto Rico Christmas officially begins. We were not even halfway through the month and all the stores, houses and public spaces were already decorated with Christmas decorations. That is why it is known as the longest Christmas in the world and in summer weather.

Secondly, since puerto rico belongs to the United States, thanksgiving and the day after thanksgiving are also celebrated here. The office recovered the tradition of getting together and sharing a lunch all together. There were new people who have recently joined the office with whom I was able to meet and get to know. In addition, I have tried new recipes like the pastelillos, which are like a patty wrapped in banana leaf and fried over low heat, or so I have been told. Also a dessert called tembleque, a mix between flan and jelly. And a liqueur that I loved called coqui. Next month we will all get together again for the office Christmas party. A lot of people are expected to come this year.

As a third important event, the World Cup in Qatar has already started. Puerto Rico is not very fond of soccer. Here they practice more basketball and baseball or Pelota as they call it here. In spite of that, in the office there are several people who are fans, and during lunch breaks, we take the opportunity to watch it for a while. Of course I go with the Spanish team.

In the work environment, we are now delivering 50% of the Design Development phase. The hotel project in Old San Juan is progressing fast. We have had the incorporation to the project of another colleague from the office. Still there is a lot of work to do.

Gabriel Garcia-Cremades


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