We awoke and made our way to Starbucks near the hotel. Dave had received a buy one get the second one half price coupon. Apparently, the Starbucks near the hotel was brand new only opening on December 18th. We had purchased a Puerto Rico Starbucks Cup, to add to our collection back home, the day before. They had pastelitas de queso. I insisted that Dave get one to try. I was so excited, but they were not as good as I remembered. It happens that way sometimes. We headed to Old Town San Juan, parked in a garage and literally headed uphill toward the Old Fort. Old Town wasn't exactly what I had imagined it to be from what I had read. I was imagining open market style booths all over. It was mainly just expensive shops and jewelry stores intermingled with old historic buildings. They had old cobblestone streets and lots of stray cats. We got rained on probably about 5 different times on our way to the Old Fort. But considering we were on an island in the tropics, I didn't think that it would last long and it didn't. My favorite part was the Old Fort. It of course was right on the waterfront, which I always enjoy. There was an old cemetery next to it. The walk was romantic and sweet. We stopped to ask a police officer for a recommendation of a good place to eat. He told us about a restaurant not far from there named Cafe Manolin.
We ate lunch at the restaurant and had our first taste of a uniquely Puerto Rican dish named Monfongo which is smashed plantains stuffed with chicken. It could have been stuffed with other things such as shrimp. Afterwards, we revisited a store where the shop owner had offered us some Puerto Rican Coffee. He had added sugar, coriander seed, and cinnamon to the coffee. He also gave us his business card and told us to call him if we ran into any trouble getting to Mayaguez. We then headed south and then quickly to the west towards Mayaguez. We were leaving a little later than we had intended, but not bad. We inadvertently took Route 2 instead of Highway 22. They both would get us there, only Route 2 was riddled with heavy traffic and stoplights. We debated about where to get back on Highway 22 when the decision was made for us as a section of Route 2 was closed and we were diverted to Highway 22. It didn't have any stoplights, but it did have road construction in the first 5 miles that we were on there. This may end up taking us much longer than we had anticipated. Then after the road construction, we were surprised to find that it was a toll rode. Finally we met our friends in Mayaguez and headed up, up, and up some more to their apartment which has an amazing view of the ocean and the city below. She made us a wonderful meal and we sat around the table for hours and caught up.