At this point in my travels I was at the southern western portion of the island in the area of Cabo Rojo. This area isn’t as commercialized as San Juan. Things moved a lot slower and it is not as nearly populated as the metropolitan area.
In the mornings in Puerto Rico (PR), I am usually desperately looking for coffee. I have been a caffeine addicted for quite some time and I just own it nowadays. The bakeries in PR are a must! I wish I jotted down the name of this large bakery/market. I can clearly remember the sitting area since the bakery used an old bowling alley’s tables.
I asked for a large coffee like I was in Dunkin Donuts, ignorantly not knowing that is not the way to enjoy an espresso. As I was scarfing down my ham, egg, and cheese sandwich on Puerto Rican tasty bread, I could not help to see an elderly man reading a paper. No he was not on a tablet, or on his iPhone. He was reading an actual paper. (While I was posting photos on IG). As my party was getting ready to leave, I saw the elderly man outside, enjoying his ciggarette. I can say, when asking a stranger to take their portrait it is like asking a pretty girl for her phone number. If she says yes, its a win, and if she says no, well most men know how that feels. But if you do not say anything at all to that girl, you normally loathe of regret, and think of the unknown (am I the only one?). So what do I have to lose? “Can I take your portrait sir?”, “I love your beard and your look.” He kindly agrees, and lights a ciggeretee. I ask him his name, and where he is from, with the same fear I feel when I do street portraits, will I ever see this man again? He tells me his name, Guillermo Padilla. In my heart I was thinking that his family was somewhere, and they love him, because I instantly did. I took his portrait, and I left. •
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