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I Was Required To Writ About A Place That Is Special To Me. This Essay Is About Puerto Rico.

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My Puerto RicoAnyone who has ever been on vacation knows how special it can be. Spending time with family, relaxing worry-free, and just getting away from a normal schedule can be very rewarding, and make for some great memories. The first time I traveled to Puerto Rico, I was nine months old. I don't remember much about that trip, but there were many more to come in following years. I can recall vividly my most recent trip; After hours of sitting in an airplane's cramped cabin, snacking on a miniscule serving of extremely salty pretzels, it was a relief to hear the captain's voice come over the intercom, "We have begun our landing pattern and should be touching down in just over twenty minutes," what a relief! It was very refreshing to step off the crowded Boeing 767 and to have my personal space back. After a short stretching session, it was time to claim our baggage. It's easy to forget what the tropical Puerto Rican climate is like, especially after spending years straight in Minnesota. The first step is a shocker; the difference between the clean, cool, air conditioned airport, and the hot, heavy, and humid mass of gasses outside is monumental. The first thing to hit is sweat; it comes almost immediately, shortly followed by a feeling of weakness caused by the expansion of one's blood vessels. After no more than five minutes, these symptoms become inane, and so begins the search for our driver. Once he is located, we began our journey through the "real" Puerto Rico to our destination, Palmas Del Mar. The "real" Puerto Rico resembles some third-world countries; however, there are no signs of a weak economy. There are some areas that are undoubtedly high-crime, dirty, and not-so-friendly. The roadways leave much to be desired, and the traffic laws are absolutely lacking in nearly all areas. The buildings are brightly colored, and foliage is lush and green. The "real" Puerto Rico is not the place I think of when I think about Puerto Rico. The transition between my Puerto Rico and the "real" Puerto Rico is a brief one. It takes less than one minute; I can see it off in the distance at first, it looks like a large building on the horizon. My excitement builds as we near the structure that is not a gigantic building, but a "fortress wall" that separates my two conceptions of this small Caribbean island. At the cold iron gates stand four guards. Armed with submachine guns, they control the inbound and outbound traffic. Once on the other side of the wall, I am surrounded by a world completely different from the one I had seen just moments before. Like Dorothy in the Land of Oz, I gaze attentively out the window at the perfect grass, beaches of orange sand, and the cleanest ground I had seen since the San Joes Airport. Compared to the distance I had traveled in the past few hours, I felt inches away from this trips destination. My excitement continues to build, a volcano's liquid-hot magma ready to erupt in a hyperactive...

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