San Salvador, Bahamas

March 1999

Here is a nice, scary fish! I have seen many live and too close for comfort so far… It is incredible down here with rich colors, warm weather, and a great group of people. We have gotten to hang out with the islanders also, which is great. We do have class about 12 hours a day, but is is so interesting that the time is just flying by. I feel very relaxed and focused down here, which I like, a lot. Been taking lots of pictures and I have some coral pieces to bring back. It is going to be hard to go back to snowy Iowa after this!


A great barracuda along the “wall” off San Salvador’s west coast.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

July 1999

Walked by many of these tonight in old San Juan. Had a nice dinner in the hotel. Hopefully all will go well tomorrow and the trip will be worth the effort!!

Love, Tim

Caleta de San Juan is the name of this quaint Old World style street with picturesque Spanish facades typical of Old San Juan.

The Bahamas

I have yet to see anyone doing any of these things, but we haven’t had too much time to just wander… We have gone to an authentic Bahamian dinner at a nearby bar, and also have gone horseback riding. It has been a very fun trip so far, with only a few rainy days. I have seen many beautiful flowers, birds and coral. Hope all is well…

Love, Valerie

Left: A local wood carver hard at work. Center: Making a model boat out of shells. Right: Palm fronds are stripped and dried before platting, to make straw articles for the famous Bahamian straw market.

The Bahamas

March 2001

I have returned to Ithaca (& we got upgraded to 1st class on one of the flights, which was lovely!) – it is cold and snowy. It rained and was windy the first 2.5 days of our trip which was hard especially for Dave, since the fishing was very bad. We were watching the weather channel religiously. Then we had lovely weather the last 2.5 days and were staying at an incredible resort/casino/waterpark/outdoor aquarium – so we had plenty of fish to see, and enough sun to tan and play in the ocean. All of the buildings were cement, but painted lovely colors. I hope you are both well.

Much love, Allie

Vibrant color, Bahamian shutters, and tropical flora create a palette of color that is pleasure to the eye and soul. Photo by Linda M. Huber

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Hotel Racquet Club

September 1968

We just arrived from Santo Domingo. It’s good to be in USA again! Hope you are all ok.

Love, Va

Hotel Racquet Club. Isla Verde, San Juan, Puerto Rico. The sophisticated charm of this Racquet Club lobby is evident in the lush, green plantings and rich, wood paneling. A six acre estate setting the Hotel Raquet Club presents an olympic pool, beach, 8 cork-turf tennis courts, (lights for night play), entertainment and dancing nightly, superb cuisine and beautiful accommodations.

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