One of the most enjoyable stops during our time in Old San Juan was an old-timey shop called Olé which sells hand-made Panama hats fitted and accessorized to your specifications right their in the shop. Pictured below is the owner fitting Allen’s choice, a Montecrisi, one of the finest Panama hats you can buy. Also pictured, Allen Modeling another hat, and a tourist who kindly let me photograph her as she chose a hat of her own.
A friend of mine posted this quote on her facebook page at a moment when I needed it most. It’s perfect even on a regular day, however, so I decided to share. The photo I chose to go along is from my trip to Old San Juan, a place I’d visit again in a heart beat. Every Sunday in Old San Juan (weather permitting) you can see dozens and dozens of chiringas (kites) flying in the open area in front of El Morro.
“You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken. ”
– Anais Nin