Tech Trips @ Puerto Rico

Tourism doesn’t always entail crisp blue beaches with white sands and Piña Coladas. Sometimes you travel to get to know the culture of a place; sometimes it’s business, sometimes traveling happens for medical reasons, and believe it or not, many times traveling happens for educational reasons. In fact, I’m willing to bet it’s actually the second or third reason for travel. Plenty of people visit a particular city just to attend a seminar or special training.

Puerto Rico actually holds a wealth of technological knowledge that goes mostly unnoticed. The Mayagüez Campus of the University of Puerto Rico trains engineers that get recruited by NASA and the likes. The truth is people are distracted by the pretty beauty queens, the declining economy, and all the dancing, but behind all that glam, the nerds are actually making a big difference.

DevTitans is a new initiative that brings together all the programmers, digital designers, and all around tech lovers of Puerto Rico to provide free training to anyone who wishes to learn about web applications, writing code, digital design, programming, and cloud services.

The demand for such services is increasing, so DevTitans is seeking to place Puerto Rico as a Mecca of technological travel, training, and recruitment. Starting today, trainings will take place at the Microsoft Offices in Guaynabo and will be available twice a month. So basically, any time is a good time for a Tech Trip to Puerto Rico. After the seminar… feel free to enjoy those Piña Coladas at the beach. Sounds like two birds with one stone: Knowledge enhancement and tropical fun.  Go DevTitans!

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Circofest Puerto Rico 2014

The circus is in town! There’s nothing quite like the circus; the painted faces and funny hats, the striped pants and acrobatics… It’s fun for all ages. This weekend and all through next week Puerto Rico is blessed with an international cast of circus characters. The first of its kind, Circofest has brought together artists from all over the world to bring joy and happiness to our little island.

Aerial Silk Duo
Aerial Silk Duo

Jugglers, clowns, fire breathers, aerial silk dancers, slack liners, and daring adventurous magical people of all kinds. This weekend they filled the streets of Old San Juan with their art and will continue to spread the joy throughout various parts of the Island during the week to come. I recommend it. For schedules and maps check out their page Circofest.com I really hope they keep coming every year and I can get better pics next time.

This wonderful initiative was coordinated by the local circus artist community in Puerto Rico. Some of the emerging groups and companies are so good, they really need to be checked out. They put on a really good show and also give classes, so if you didn’t make it to the Circofest, you can still fly high or play at acrobatics with this crowd:

Circo Nacional de Puerto Rico

Compañia Subcielo

Educare

Parque de las Palomas @ Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

El Parque de las Palomas is a pigeon park. At the end of Calle del Cristo and right beside La Capilla del Cristo, the pigeon park is a classic kid spot. Located right above one of the old city walls, the breeze from the bay wanders in. It’s a good place for a rest. You will notice holes in the big wall on the side of the park. Those are pigeon holes. It’s like a giant bird apartment building!

Pigeon anyone?
Pigeon anyone?

Why would anybody build a giant pigeon apartment complex? Well… the pigeons were kept for food. Yup! Back in medieval times pigeons were part of the regular diet.  It was practically a free food enterprise.

So, do you eat the pigeons? No, no… worry not. At the pigeon park you now feed the pigeons. They sell corn and petit-pois as food. Forget the corn! Go for green petit-pois. They love them! The birds stand right on your hand to feed.

NOTE: Not for the finicky! These are pigeons. They are dirty. They stand on you and scratch a bit with their claws. They peck at your fingers and they also swarm around you, so if any of that would bother you, don’t take the food. If you don’t have food in your hand they won’t bother you.

ANOTHER NOTE: If there should happen to be no petit-pois, go to the grocery shop in Plaza de Armas and get a bag. 😉 The pigeons at Plaza de Armas are the same ones from the park so go ahead and feed those too.