Healing in Puerto Rico

I’m not good at expressing my emotions. I tend to hide them and continue with my life as if I have no worries without slowing down. The more distracted I am (I think) the better. But with every traumatic experience, one must come into terms with the process of becoming physically and mentally healthy again.

In January 2019, in Colombia, I had a miscarriage. While we enjoyed our time in Colombia, after a fun-filled day, I started to feel off. We contacted the hotel’s help desk, they called the paramedics and we were driven to a women’s health center.

I was overwhelmed and even more now to have a stranger examine me in another country. “El cérvix esta cerrado”, she said, that gave me hope, but I still had a whole week left in Colombia. While I enjoyed most of my trip, my body and soul were elsewhere and I wanted the trip to end.

I felt sad, confused, and sometimes numb. I landed in New York went to get re-examined and indeed the result was negative. I felt guilty, I thought was it the plane? the boat rides? was it my fault for still going on vacation knowing I was pregnant? The whole year became a mask. I didn’t share what happened, I kept my social life as it was and shortly realized I was at times still confused about it.

In June of last year, my body started to shut down, my menstrual was off and the doctors recommend examining my reproductive organ (scary thought). I was scared to discover what some women fear to know (can I not have kids?). As I proceeded, I was advised that I was healthy with a mild condition of thyroid hypersecretion that should be checked every year. Knowing this gave me hope, God and professionals in the field helped me realized it was up to me to treat my body with love and kindness so, after my trip to Puerto Rico, I vowed to take a break from drinking and eat clean.

So what does Puerto Rico have to do with all of this?

It was our last day in Puerto Rico (Sep’19), it was a day full of sun and love, we decided to finish off with a meditation on the beach. Nanie mi amiga del alma said, “Speak anything you want into existence…” so I prayed and said, “God, you know what I need.” On this date, almost one year had passed from my miscarriage and I found myself once again confused but hopeful. While the waters and sands of our ancestors rushed through us and we heard the sound – it was then when my healing process began.

As we returned to NY, I did everything to get my health, mind, and energy back. I was vegan for 4 weeks, stopped drinking, and took a break from the party scene. Taking control of my health helped me heal and feel better physically and mentally. I was even back on track and going to church and didn’t miss one Sunday that felt so good!

One month from our trip to PR I found out I was pregnant again. All I could think of was, God, was there on that day, on that beach, in that sunset en Puerto Rico. What are the odds that God gifts me what I dreamed of only one month from my prayer.

I will forever be grateful for that day at Ocean Park Beach.

Many of us go through experiences that others won’t understand and many of us have traveled to heal past traumatic experiences. This trip was a little different it was the start and the end of a Zeline most people loved, but now are re-learning her and her new beginnings.

Last year was rough even though I didn’t show it – but my biggest blessing came to my life despite it all, my son Landyn.

For everyone who has experienced a loss remember, no matter how along you are, your pregnancy and feelings are meaningful and valid.

Peace and love,

Zeli

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Borinquen con @coquidaytours

My girlfriend and I took a quick 4 day trip to Puerto Rico and, I know you’re probably thinking that’s short, but it recharged our souls in such a way that words can’t explain. Our ancestors were there with us and so were the butterflies who were watching over us. Our trip, however, wouldn’t have been the same without @coquidaytours. The Coqui Day Tours experience is one of a kind and it wouldn’t be fair that you don’t experience the island of Puerto Rico with out them!!

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Yauco

 

Yauco is a city in southwestern Puerto Rico, we took a steep drive from San Juan to Yauco and boy was that amazing! The city of Yauco is known to produce Puerto Rico’s finest coffee and is home to about 5 coffee plantations.

Gilligan Island (Guanica)

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Gilligan Island (Cayo Aurora) is one of the National Parks of Guánica. The island’s water is knee high and its lazy river is amazing!!!! We opt out of the snorkeling part of the tour, however, you can’t miss the amazing colored fishes in its clear waters!

Sunflower Farm in Guanica

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We visited the Girasol Field, soooooo breathtaking!

Ponce

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As you know I have fallen in love with Puerto Rico. The laughs, memories, stories, and healing recharged my soul. I live in New York City, the city that never sleeps, the busy city, the city where you can get lost in routines. On this tour, we felt like time stopped for a bit and we felt as if we were visiting old friends back home and that is what I needed, sometimes it only takes knowing that there are good people in the world to feel safe when traveling. This is why I HIGHLY recommended Coqui Day Tours my girlfriend and I felt safe, and if you are like us and love to chat up with locals choose Coqui Day Tours!

My soul, body, and mind belongs to an island. My dream will come true.

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Mi amiga y yo hicimos un viaje relampago de 4 días a Puerto Rico y sé que probablemente piensas que es corto, pero recargó nuestras almas de tal manera que las palabras no pueden explicar. Nuestros ancestors estaban allí con nosotras y también las mariposas bellas que nos vigilaban. Nuestro viaje, sin embargo, no hubiera sido lo mismo sin @coquidaytours. ¡La experiencia de Coqui Day Tours es única y no sería justo que no experimentes la isla de Puerto Rico sin ellos!

Yauco: Yauco es una ciudad en el suroeste de Puerto Rico, tomamos un camino largo desde San Juan a Yauco y ¡fue increíble! La ciudad de Yauco es conocida por producir el mejor café de Puerto Rico y es el hogar de aproximadamente 5 plantaciones de café!

Isla Gilligan (Guánica): La Isla Gilligan (Cayo Aurora) es uno de los Parques Nacionales de Guánica. ¡El agua de la isla llega casi hasta las rodillas y su río es increíble! ¡No puede perder los increíbles peces de colores en sus aguas cristalinas!

Granja de Girasoles en Guánica: Visitamos el campo de Girasol, ¡ Que cosa mas bella!

Ponce: En Ponce, una de las ciudades más grandes de Puerto Rico, nos detuvimos en La Guancha, donde tomamos un descanso y disfrutamos de las vistas de Puerto Rico.

Como sabes, me he enamorado de Puerto Rico. Las risas, los recuerdos, y las historia recargaron mi alma. Vivo en la ciudad de Nueva York, la ciudad que nunca duerme, la ciudad ocupada, la ciudad donde puedes perderte en las rutinas. En esta gira, sentimos que el tiempo se detuvo un poco como si estuviéramos visitando a viejos amigos, a veces solo se necesita saber que hay buenas personas en el mundo para sentirse seguros cuando viajan. Es por eso que recomendo a Coqui Day Tours, mi amiga y yo nos sentimos seguras, y si eres como nosotras y te encanta hablar con risas y de todo, ¡elige Coqui Day Tours que los chicos en el tour son muy amigables!

Mi alma, cuerpo y mente pertenecen a una isla. Mi sueño se volverá realidad ❤

 

Saint Martin, Anguilla, St. Barts

Sint Maarten is a country on the southern part of a Caribbean island. It’s shared with Saint Martin, the “French Side”. The island it’s known for its lagoons and beaches. Saint Martin is a boat ride away from Anguilla and St. Barthelemy which allowed us to have the best three-country tour in just 6 days. The capital of the island is Philipsburg.

Where We Stayed

We went to St. Martin to celebrate my sister’s engagement. We stayed at the Hotel Riu Palace St Martin (Now Closed) for 6 nights! It was an all inclusive package booked with cheap caribbean (pay as you go). There are many hotels in St. Martin aside from having an all-inclusive package the best part of the trip was being able to explore other countries. Hotel Riu Palace St Martin is located in Rue de l’anse Marcel, Anse Marcel 97056, St Martin which is 30 mins from the Caribbean Dream Charter a boat rental services. There are also many excursion which will take you on a catamaran to the islands. We entered Anguilla on a wonderful catamaran and visited St. Barts through a ferry ride with locals.

How to get around St. Martin (French) and St. Maarten (Dutch)

The best way to get around St. Martin and St. Maarten is in a rental car. We did not rent a car because the driver’s seat is on the opposite side of the U.S so it can be a bit confusing. St. Martin is located on the mountie side of the island so it can also be a little scary because the streets are very narrow. I don’t recommend walking unless you love to hike. To get around we used a taxi, it was easy and affordable. You will run into Traffic on both sides so plan accordingly. There are buses near the capital which I highly recommended to use, we used Taxi services!

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How to get to Anguilla and St. Barts from St. Martin

You can rent a boat, book a tour excursion, or go on a ferry. For Anguilla, we booked a catamaran tour through our hotel. Anguilla is a British island in the Caribbean and about 25 minutes by boat from Saint Martin. The island is 16 miles in length and 3 miles wide. We explored Shoal Bay which is east of the island. It is one of the most beautiful islands and beaches I have EVER visited, it’s great for scuba diving, and some fun in the sun

For our trip to Saint Barthelemy, we did not book a tour. Saint Barthelemy, a French-speaking Caribbean island is known for its white-sand beaches we explored the local area of Gustavia, the popular Shell Beach and even window-shopped by in the high end stores in Gustavia. We booked a ferry and stayed one day exploring on our own. For both islands please take your passport for entry. There are many ferries you can take from St. Martin. Make sure you talk to your hotel or local guide regarding which ferry to take departure time and the best days to visit. You can also book a ferry in advance and receive e-tickets depending on which service/ boat ferry you choose.

Some tips!

Bring extra cash for transportation, if your renting a car make sure your hotel has parking, be friendly to the iguanas, bring lots of bathing suits, tanning oil, and room for relaxation! Take your passport everywhere you go, don’t forget to buy a travel converter for each island.