11/5/15 – Our flight landed in Charlotte, NC right on time. I was able to get a few hours of sleep on the flight – that’s why I like a red-eye – get onboard, sleep a few hours, and wake up in a new place! Unfortunately, Pam, wasn’t so lucky. We had about 3 hours before we boarded our next flight, I had hoped we would be able to have a nice, leisurely, sit down breakfast. Pam was tired so we decided to just find our next gate and relax for a bit. I was hungry, and getting cranky so I grabbed an egg & cheese bagel to recharge a bit. After I ate, Pam decided to find some coffee, and I decided to just walk a bit to stretch my legs. One of the things I like about the Charlotte airport is the way it is laid out it is easily walkable. It also has rocking chairs throughout which gives a lot of great spots for resting and people watching. It has a lot of nice shopping and restaurants, just something about it – it doesn’t feel as rushed and crazy as most I’ve been in.
I walked almost the entire airport – got my blood flowing. By the time I got back to D Concourse to our gate, Pam was sitting in a rocker by the window. I joined her and before long it was time to board. San Juan – here we come! I napped a bit more, and soon we were landing.
Down to baggage claim, out to the taxi line, and soon we were in the taxi on our way to the Sheraton Old San Juan. Our driver was quiet, I like when I get a driver who points out attractions and tells me a bit about their country. Oh, well, I just looked out the window and watched the scenery go by with a big grin on my face. I’m back in the Caribbean! Oh, it feels so good – it’s been too long.
We get checked in at the Sheraton and up to our room – ooooh, musty smelling -ick. And it’s got a tiny, dirty window looking out at a parking garage. After a few moments pondering, I call down to the desk. They promptly send a bellman up with new keys one floor above us. Oh, much better. We still look at the parking garage, the window still looks dirty, but I think it’s from the salt air – we are right across the street from the water. But now we have a little balcony. With a little view – see?
After all this travel, we decide to freshen up, check out the hotel and eat dinner at the restaurant here. We went up to check out the pool deck. Kind of a small pool area, with a hot tub, and a great view. It has about a 4 foot wall around it, to keep us from falling off, I guess, so you only see the view if you’re standing up. But you can see the beautiful, blue sky while relaxing on your lounge chair. There is also a fitness area – apparently people actually do use these. Who knew?
We went down to the concierge desk to see what things there were to do for the next day. We decided to book a Rainforest tour for the morning. Looking forward to this. Now, let’s have dinner.
The restaurant is on the 2nd floor, and we were able to sit outside. Oh, look, it’s Happy Hour until 7PM – 2 for 1 drinks! We order a couple of Mojitos – we’re soon to be much happier. The menu tonight has a 2 for 1 special – Sangria for 2, appetizer to share, 2 salads, 2 entrees, and dessert to share for $49.95. Sounds good – steak for Pam and salmon for me. Now, where’s that Mojito – ah, here it comes. How beautiful to look out over the water, in this tropical paradise, with a friend and a 2 for 1 drink!
After dinner we head to bed early. Need to catch up on sleep and be ready to start our tour to El Yunque Rain Forest at 7:45AM. Yawn!