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When I say "wonderful ways" there are also down sides to living in Puerto Rico, and I am not implying that the USA does not have numerous excellent qualities as there are pros and cons in each locations.
On the other hand following living in Puerto Rico for the final year, I have had time to take into account the pros and cons and I really feel more at house in Puerto Rico than in any spot that I have lived in my life, and that is to say a lot as I have lived all more than the USA, from Hawaii to the USVI and I have visited each and every state except for Alaska and I have spent a lot of time over seas.
Now after surviving in Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria, it is even a lot more clear to me what the qualities that I get pleasure from in Puerto Rico are. Some of these factors I started to take for granted, and now I am more and much more thankful for this special culture than ever ahead of.
For instance, when we initially moved to our most current household in Puerto Rico, with out even understanding any individual in the neighborhood, several of our neighbors came to our home with meals for our loved ones. This was a massive relief to us as properly, because we had not however bought a stove to cook on. Possessing hot meals have been such a massive blessing to us for the very first week that we have been there. Then even following that, we exchanged meals with our neighbors. Post-Hurricane we are nevertheless sharing the hospitality of the Puerto Rican culture. Our neighborhood after the storm we alive with kindness and hospitality, persons with no meals in their storage had been nicely fed, individuals that had meals had these with other necessities sharing and exchanging things. There was so substantially of this neighborly appreciate, and every person treats every person like loved ones, even the new gringo family.
There has been a lot of political back and forth amongst Puerto Rico and the US. The mayor of the capitol city of Puerto Rico Carmen Yulín Cruz criticized the US response to the tragedy, and in turn Trump took to twitter to insult her and all Puerto Ricans so it seemed, as to imply that Puerto Ricans want the US government to do anything for them. I was taken aback with this statement, and I became angry for my initial time ever with Trump. Prior to this statement I was supporting Trump, in hopes that he would be better than other profession politicians, but it appears like it is the very same ol' identical ol' political lip service, with a dash of insults.
What I can say about Puerto Rico is that this culture takes care of it's own. Despite that we are a US territory with such trade tariffs as the Jones Act imposed on us, and despite that this was the worst storm in the history in the Atlantic ocean, nonetheless Puerto Ricans are pulling together. We are presently staying in a refugee shelter that was setup by local jurisdictions at a community sports and recreation center. Right after attempting and trying to get facts from FEMA and the Red Cross, and even going to them in individual, I could not get any support from either group. On the other hand when I found a representative from the tourist agency in Puerto Rico and she was in a position to give me guidance to one particular of the 139 shelters that have been setup in the region.
Beyond the aid at the shelters that have been setup by the community, we simply acquire a lot of appreciate from the persons here. Lots of loves and hugs from individuals who just want to care for their fellow neighbor.
The destruction in Puerto Rico is totally breath taking. I have never ever saw something so tragic in my life. I watched other Hurricane Maria pounds Caribbean isalnds picture of the Storm aftermath on the news, such as Katrina and other significant hurricanes. But what I have saw on the ground was so unbelievable, that I had to capture what I have saw with my drone, and absolutely nothing compares to this devestation.
It has also been misreported, lately by Trump and in the past by the principal stream media that our death toll right here if quite low. Nevertheless we know for a fact that in the town of Lajas alone that at least 100 men and women have died as a direct result of the storm, and this is a town of only 25,000 people. There have been a lot of deaths in hospitals exactly where supplies are running low, and where energy was not readily available.
Our communications are nearly fully offline as of October 8th 2017, according to www.status.pr less than 15% of our cellular communications are on the web in the territory. This has brought on a disconnect in the reporting of the death toll as well. We know that the death toll for the entire territory is in the hundreds if not additional, but there are a lot of places inaccessible in the location at this point and it may not be completely identified how numerous persons died for weeks or months.
As our house was blown to pieces and we lost every thing, we are attempting to regroup. Nevertheless we know what God takes away, He usually provides back in abundance. There will be very good and undesirable points that come of this storm. Lots of tragedy that has taken location right here, but in the extended run it has actually brought this community together and produced us stronger in Puerto Rico.
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