My Trip to Puerto Rico Left Me in Tears . . .

12 Jun

P.R. Sunset with Couple

NEWYORICANGIRL Travelogue: Puerto Rico 2014

Tears of joy, tears of frustration and tears of sadness filled my eyes during the week I spent on the island of my ancestors recently. I’ve tried to soothe myself by producing this travelogue video.

I was ecstatic to return to the healing waters of Puerto Rico –  which I crave constantly because they rejuvenate me in a way no other H2O can. 

It broke my heart to be reminded of the beautiful and gracious souls of my people who continue to politely serve the United States without full and equal voting rights and/or representation.

I didn’t want to leave the island when it came time to board the airplane headed back to the mainland. I wanted to stay and fight for what my people have earned and deserve. 

The call to return is a resounding coqui sound in my head that I cannot ignore. NEWYORICANGIRL

 

5 Responses to “My Trip to Puerto Rico Left Me in Tears . . .”

  1. Finding My Voice June 13, 2014 at 3:52 am #

    Thank you for sharing your video and passionate vision of the island. I havent returned since 1980 and, well it brought me to tears. Well done and thanks for allowing us to share the video with friends and family. Que tu libro tenga mucho exito!

    • New Yorican Girl June 13, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

      It is I who must thank you for your support! Viva Puerto Rico!!

  2. lauriann June 13, 2014 at 8:47 pm #

    Come back to PR. You can take my place anytime. I live just in front of the airport. LOL

  3. Telesforo Ramirez June 14, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    I feel that we have earned The Right to Equal Voting in the Battle Fields of every war that has been fought by The United States Of America there has always been Porto Rican soldiers ready to lay down his,hers life for the cause of Freedom,But our representatives in Puerto Rico do not want The United States to give us The Equal Rights because the future for them will not be so brilliant as it is now,please understand they are making a killer with Twenty two Billion of Dollars that Puerto Rico gets every year in Federal allocations.please read the book PAY TO THE ORDER OF PUERTO RICO and your see as to why we will never be the 51st State., our Porto Rican politician would not allow it its theirs bread and butter on the line.,what you think?

    • New Yorican Girl June 14, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

      I believe that any American claiming residency in Puerto Rico should have equal voting rights no matter what happens regarding the status issue. I believe that it became their constitutional right when we were granted citizenship in 1917. Your point about how the corruption on the island may be affecting Puerto Rico’s elected officials is an interesting one. It would sadden me to confirm that this is true. Our relationship with the United States is just so complicated and emotional that is breaks my heart to see how our people continue to be treated like 2nd class citizens. I believe our Democracy can do better and that is what I continue to fight for. Thank you for your comments. NEWYORICANGIRL

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