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category 5 maria wipes out barbuda picture of the stormWhen 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 several very good qualities as there are pros and cons in each places.
However right after living in Puerto Rico for the final year, I have had time to think about the pros and cons and I feel much more at property in Puerto Rico than in any place that I have lived in my life, and that is to say a lot as I have lived all over the USA, from Hawaii to the USVI and I have visited every single state except for Alaska and I have spent a lot of time over seas.
Now after surviving in Puerto Rico post-Hurricane category 5 maria wipes out st. martin picture of the aftermath, it is even more clear to me what the qualities that I delight in in Puerto Rico are. Some of these issues I began to take for granted, and now I am far more and far more thankful for this unique culture than ever ahead of.
For example, when we initial moved to our most recent home in Puerto Rico, devoid of even understanding everyone in the neighborhood, quite a few of our neighbors came to our household with food for our family. This was a massive relief to us as properly, due to the fact we had not but purchased a stove to cook on. Having hot meals have been such a large blessing to us for the very first week that we had been there. Then even after that, we exchanged meals with our neighbors. Post-Hurricane we are nevertheless sharing the hospitality of the Puerto Rican culture. Our neighborhood soon after the storm we alive with kindness and hospitality, individuals with no meals in their storage were nicely fed, men and women that had food had these with other necessities sharing and exchanging items. There was so a lot of this neighborly really like, and absolutely everyone treats everybody like household, even the new gringo family members.

There has been a lot of political back and forth involving 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 almost everything for them. I was taken aback with this statement, and I became angry for my initial time ever with Trump. Preceding to this statement I was supporting Trump, in hopes that he would be far better than other career politicians, but it seems 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 is own. In spite of 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, still Puerto Ricans are pulling with each other. We are at present staying in a refugee shelter that was setup by local jurisdictions at a neighborhood sports and recreation center. After attempting and trying to get data from FEMA and the Red Cross, and even visiting them in individual, I could not get any aid from either group. Even so when I found a representative from the tourist agency in Puerto Rico and she was capable to give me guidance to one particular of the 139 shelters that have been setup in the area.

Beyond the aid at the shelters that have been setup by the community, we basically acquire a lot of appreciate from the persons here. Lots of loves and hugs from folks who just want to care for their fellow neighbor.

The destruction in Puerto Rico is definitely breath taking. I have never ever saw anything so tragic in my life. I watched other hurricane aftermath on the news, such as Katrina and other major 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 practically nothing compares to this devestation.

It has also been misreported, lately by Trump and in the previous by the principal stream media that our death toll right here if extremely low. However we know for a fact that in the town of Lajas alone that at least one hundred persons have died as a direct outcome of the storm, and this is a town of only 25,000 individuals. There have been a lot of deaths in hospitals exactly where supplies are operating low, and exactly where power was not readily available.
Our communications are just about entirely offline as of October 8th 2017, according to www.status.pr less than 15% of our cellular communications are on-line in the territory. This has caused a disconnect in the reporting of the death toll as properly. We know that the death toll for the whole territory is in the hundreds if not more, but there are a lot of locations inaccessible in the area at this point and it may possibly not be totally known how numerous folks died for weeks or months.

As our house was blown to pieces and we lost anything, we are trying to regroup. Even so we know what God takes away, He typically offers back in abundance. There will be very good and terrible items that come of this storm. Lots of tragedy that has taken place right here, but in the lengthy run it has really brought this community collectively and created us stronger in Puerto Rico.

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