5 Things I Miss From Puerto Rico

5 Things I Miss From Puerto Rico

As they say, home is where the heart is.
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No matter where I go or how long I am there for, it is almost inevitable for me not to miss home. Studying at Villanova can make my homesickness spike enough, but being farther away in London has made me miss home a little more than usual. For this reason, I have compacted a list of the 5 things I miss the most.

1. My family and friends

In my last post I talked about how much I hated goodbyes, but I will say it again, I HATE GOODBYES. I miss my family like crazy and I don’t understand how people can go so much time without seeing their loved ones. It drives me crazy knowing that I can’t be with them and see them as I please and the time difference is not helping.

2. My bed

I know this sounds weird, but hear me out. No matter how comfy another bed is or how much you personalize it, nothing will compare to your bed back home. To get in bed with your sheets, that very familiar and calming smell of home cuddling you, I would not trade that for anything.

3. The weather

Listen, I realized that studying outside of Puerto Rico would imply cold weather, but I was not expecting the cold that I experienced. Let me be completely honest, the lowest temperature I could possibly have in PR is maybe 59 degrees Fahrenheit, in the top of a mountain, mid-December, in the middle of the night. And, speaking of mid-December, I can go to the beach in the middle of Winter Break. Who wouldn’t miss that?

4. The food

This one gets to me way too much. Have you ever had mofongo with “carne frita”? If the answer to this question is yes, then you know exactly why I miss it so much; if the answer is no, please make your way to your nearest Puerto Rican establishment and bless your life. Also, there is nothing better than a good plate or “arroz con habichuelas, bistec y tostones” (rice and beans with steak and fried plantain). Puerto Rican food is sent down to us by angels, I kid you not.

5. The culture

There is something about my island and its people that makes it feel like home (apart from the fact that it is). I’d call it culture, that something about how the people are back home is what really makes me miss not being there.

It is totally normal to miss home, no matter how far you are from it. If anything, missing home makes me appreciate and embrace where I am from; I encourage all who feel this way to do the same.

Puerto Rico, I love you!

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To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.
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The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.

Sincerely,

the loving granddaughters

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Don't Feel Bad For Me When I Say I'm In A Long-Distance Relationship

There's no need for anyone to say, "oh, that sucks" or "that's annoying" or "I don't know how you do it" because I really do love my relationship.

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When I first went out with my boyfriend, I wasn't expecting anything to come from it. He was in the Marines, stationed in South Carolina, and it was just a stupid Tinder date because I was bored and I thought he was funny and cute over Snapchat. Not only did he live an eight-hour drive away, but he was also heading out of the country for Christmas. I never thought I would ever hear from him again after I got into my car and drove back home.

But, I did, and a year and a half later, going on that coffee date was one of the best decisions I've ever made.

Right from the start, I knew if he and I were going to date, we would have to face a long-distance relationship for roughly two to three years- whether I finished school first or he got out of the military was up to fate. For us, being apart is normal. We're so used to talking through FaceTime rather than face to face and not seeing each other for weeks on end is more familiar than hugging. We've probably blown more kisses through the phone than having had real kisses.

Would I love to be just a minutes drive away from him?

Absolutely.

Would I trade my relationship for anything else?

Never.

There's no reason for you to feel bad for me when I tell you I'm in a long distance relationship.

There's no need for anyone to say, "oh, that sucks' or "that's annoying" or "I don't know how you do it" because I really do love my relationship.

Being away from each other is just something we do. It lets us be independent, focus on work and school, but still allows us to support each other. Sure, long-distance relationships aren't for everyone, but couples make them work. No relationship is normal and like every other relationship, it takes patience, learning, and commitment. The only difference between a 'normal' relationship and a long-distance relationship is is that our 'date nights' consist of eating dinner together over FaceTime instead.

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