Colonial Style in Old San Juan

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A passion for improved education keeps Adelisa Gonzalez engaged in local and national politics. But there’s always time for a social life.

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Within minutes of returning from work she’s greeting her dog and throwing open the balcony and patio doors of her comfortable colonial style apartment. Friends drop in for an impromptu visit and, by all appearances, living in Old San Juan is a joyful experience.

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BELOW Adelisa strolls with Arena, an abandoned pup she rescued from the beach (the name means sand in Spanish).

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Living in Old San Juan

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Extending a warm greeting, after a day’s work at the hospital, Dr. Carlos Gonzalez assures me he feels more like a ‘Carli’ than a ‘Dr. Gonzalez’ as he unlocks the door to his Old San Juan apartment. He offers chilled Medalla, the local brew, and talks passionately about his charming apartment, its tiled courtyard and the rare neighbourhood he calls home.

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“When you live in Old San Juan, everyone comes to you,” says Carli. And why wouldn’t they? “It’s a magical place that’s brimming with history and, unlike any other city in Puerto Rico, you can walk everywhere in the Old Town. In fact, on weekends, I rarely use my car.”

When you live in Old San Juan, everyone comes to you.

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