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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Friday Night and Saturday

Friday Night Dinner

Our dinner Friday night was supposed to be a bit of a surprise coming in to PR. Thu night we all got cards inviting us to a special dinner in the Rainforest. So we all bundled up into four busses and headed up to the mountains. The ride was a bit hairy but when we got there were were treated to a lovely little walk through the Rainforest at night and then had a nice cocktail hour.

The dinner itself, the food, was pretty disappointing, at least that was the consensus. Personally I thought the meat was ok, but somehow they had destroyed the local grouper that they cooked up for the fish. How they did that is still beyond me. After desert there was much dancing and fun. Everyone got pretty buzzed who wanted to on Bacardi Rum punches including yours truely. Liza doesnt "do" rum but she had a few herself.

We got to talk to a lot of people, including Rick's Hillman's wife for quite a bit. You always get to meet the most interesting people on these trips, and this trip has been no exception. With it being the third Superstars trip for Liza, you begin to see the same faces over and over, which is good too.

We had to chase down a late night snack at the Mirador "restaurant" after we got back to the resort because the dinner had been so unremarkable.

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Saturday - Fun day on the beach

We slept in on Saturday and didn't get down to the beach till 1115. We had not eaten either, as we kinda slept through breakfast. We had a great time just hanging on the beach with the Hillman krew. The food was amazing, and made up for Thu and Fri's fare. We had chicken, ribs, salad etc. Very yummy.

There were Hobie Cat Catamaran rides available free for one half hour so we did that, and it was really fun. Those things do get going. We also had a challenge from Upper Hillman Management to all comers, and they beat all three teams that challenged them in Volleyball.

Tonight we have our "special" dinner at an Asian restaurant which seems to be the best one according to the people we have chatted with. It's just Liza and I, but we may be joined by Mike from her region, whose wife was not allowed to go on this trip by her school district because of how close it was to the Spring Break in two weeks.

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posted by Mike 4:14 PM

Friday, March 30, 2007

Thursday and Friday

Thursday - Albany to Puerto Rico.

We flew from Albany to Charlotte, and then laid over an hour, and flew Charlotte to San Juan. Both legs were easy and the planes were comfortable to the most part. We met up with the other two sales people from L's division, although one of them was sans spouse as her School District would not let her have the time off so close to Spring Break.

We arrived San Juan on time and took a one hour bus ride to the Paradisus Resort. This is an all inclusive resort, so the food and drink are part of the package.. so far.. the drinks are weak and the food is strictly Marriott standard... but its still all good as they say.

Once we were in our bungalow we got changed and headed down to the meet and greet out by the pool. I got two great pictures of Caribbean Sunsets which you can find on the Photo Bucket site under Puerto Rico.

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We then had a super nice dinner inside (it is threatening to rain anytime this weekend so most of the events have been moved inside.) There was some local entertainment and the food was mostly local as well, jerk chicken, local rice and bean recipe's etc etc. I didn't get a good shot of the entertainment, but I will be able to scan in some photos we got from the event coordinators.

By Thu night, because of the lack of food and sleep before the reception, but the end of the night I was nursing a nice sized headache. Still, I tried to bury it under some Tequila Sunrise's and was moderately successful. We finally retired from the post dinner parties about 1130 or so.

Friday - Award Breakfast and Old San Juan

We have done just two things today so far. There is a very special dinner at a rainforest this evening that Ill post about later.

We had the obligatory 3 hour award session for breakfast this am. Typical Marriott breakfast fare, and they couldnt seem to serve HOT coffee. However the meeting was enjoyable if a bit long and there is a picture of Liza getting her Third Superstars award over on the Photo Bucket site.

We had a chance to go into Old San Juan today and so we grabbed it. IT was an hour ride to and from, but the old city was as charming as we remembered it from when we were here 14 yrs ago on the Family Reunion Cruise. We did a lot of window shopping, and had a nice local canape snack in a small plaza in the middle of the old town. Yes the pictures are at the Photo Bucket Site.

We did go all the way out to the old fort as well and looked around. They were flying kites today, very windy, and it was just great to experience the old city and the old historical forts. This activity was optional and we are very glad we did check it out.

Ok more later. Enjoy the pics at the Photo Bucket Site. I will caption them later if I can.

Don't Forget to look from Bottom to Top!
posted by Mike 5:54 PM

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