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Things to know before you visit Puerto Rico

Things to know before you visit Puerto Rico

Things to know before you visit Puerto RicoPuerto Rico is a Caribbean island and unincorporated U.S. territory with a landscape of mountains, waterfalls and the El Yunque tropical rainforest. Moreover, this location has a lot of things that you need to see, and that we assure you that you will enjoy. However, like every other city, country, or location, it has its rules, culture, and regulations. If you are planning to visit Puerto Rico, keep on reading as we guide you through the things that you need to know before you go there.

NOT EVERYONE SPEAKS ENGLISH

 

Things to know before you visit Puerto RicoWhat most people do not know is, being part of the United States, does not make people magically bilingual. In fact, this is an island that had a 400 years of history more than the United States itself. However, you will be able to find people who will be fluent in English and will make you feel less in an awkward situation. However, do not expect that from everyone, and do not get mad if you bumped into someone who will not be able to understand what you are saying.

Public transportation is basically NON-EXISTENT

 

Things to know before you visit Puerto RicoDo not even try to ask about Uber services, because it does not exist over there. In fact, moving from place to another on this island will be the thing you will spend the most money on! This is why we recommend you to do one of these two things: first option, try to rent a car; it will be expensive nut you will be able to go wherever you want and whenever. Second option, taxi! Their price is ridiculously expensive so only use them when needed.

Make friends with locals

 

Things to know before you visit Puerto RicoThis is the best thing to do over there. In fact, locals are very friendly, and will help you discover the best places over there. Moreover, they might help you not getting stolen by people who take advantage of tourists.

 

What you must know before visiting Cuba

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If you are one of the travelers who had Cuba on their bucket lists for years, and you just had the opportunity and the money to visit it, there are so many things that you should consider prior to your visit. In fact, this is a prime destination for travelers around the whole world. Keep on reading this article so that we can tell you about the things that you must know before visiting Cuba.

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Most People Need A Visa

You must know that, travelers from only 19 countries are able to travel to Cuba without having a visa. However, the rest of the world can purchase need one before they can book their tickets. Americans, it’s a bit more complicated. Moreover, if you are American, you can travel to Cuba for any purpose except for tourism.

Best time to go there

Carmencitta MAgazine - What you must know before visiting Cuba 3In Cuba, from the middle of November until the end of March, you will find the coolest, driest, and busiest season. However, the months of May and June are the seasons of raining, but it is worth going because Cuban tobacco harvesting and carnival, both happen at this time.

Carmencitta MAgazine - What you must know before visiting Cuba 4Cash is the king in Cuba

In fact, most places in Cuba do not take Credit or Debit Cards, especially from Americans. This is why, try to have cash rather than cards. Moreover, Cuba has its own currency, and they will not accept dollars. However, pay attention that they have two Cuban currencies and the difference between them is big, so be careful.

Staying is someone’s place is “illegal”

If you are planning to go to Cuba, make sure that you book a hotel room, because staying over there without paying, is considered to be an illegal act. However, if you have relatives, you can stay at their place but they should go to a specific agency with papers that prove you are relatives.

LA TOMATINA

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“La Tomatina” In Valencian town of Buñol, a town located in the East of Spain, each year a festival called “La Tomatina” takes place. This is something that has been present in their culture for years. Since 1945, people throw tomatoes on each other for entertainment purposes only. In fact, the event takes place every last Wednesday of August, at the same time when Buñol festivals are happening.

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This event has been present since 1945. No one is actually sure hoe this tradition has started. However, there is an old story that says that disgruntled townspeople rioted and attacked city councilmen with tomatoes during a town celebration. Moreover, to the people, it did not matter how it started. All that matters is that they enjoyed it very much to the extent that they decided to repeat it every year. Furthermore, this tradition was banned for a certain period of time, because it did not have any religious meaning, and appeared again in the 1970s. Moreover, in 1975, due to the popularity of the event, the festival became official and there were some rules and restrictions.

Rules

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After the festival became popular, some rules have been made regarding the safety and the time.

First rule was that the festival only lasts for 1 hour. Next, the tomatoes should be squashed before use in order to prevent injuries. In addition, the only thing that is allowed to be thrown is tomatoes; no other projectiles. Moreover, participants should always give space for the trucks to pass, and when the second shot that indicates the ending is heard, nobody is allowed to throw tomatoes anymore.

 Event Description

The town has made an entrance fee, and only a certain number of participants are allowed to enter. After the event is done, fire trucks use the hoses to clean the streets. After that, the whole town is clean because of the acidity of the tomatoes.

Things you should know before going to Italy

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Italy is, despite the communication difficulties, still a very pleasant and beautiful country to visit. However, just like many other countries, there are some things that you should know before you go there. If you are planning to visit Italy, read through the following things that you have to know before traveling, they might be a great help for you!

Carmencitta Magazine - things to go before going to italy. 1jpgDo not expect to eat “Italian Food”

In fact, there is no such thing as Italian food. Whenever we go to an Italian restaurant back home, we expect pasta dishes, pizzas, and tiramisu as a dessert. However, there are some parts of Italy where it is barely impossible to find a single piece of tomato in your plate! Moreover, once you choose the town, try to know what is usually produced in that season, and you will eat the freshest dishes.

 Carmencitta-Magazine-things-to-go-before-going-to-italy.-2Pay Cash rather than with credit cards

In Italy, most people pay for their things on a daily basis using cash. Moreover, they use paper bills to pay for everything, from their morning coffee, to their dinner, and everything in between. However, for those of you who have used to pay for small things at the grocery store with a credit card, do not get offensive when a waiter at a decent restaurant refuses your credit card.

Carmencitta-Magazine-things-to-go-before-going-to-italy-3If a waiter leaves you alone to eat, he is not being rude

You may be accustomed to waiters visiting your table every minute to see if everything was going okay and that you are enjoying your time at the restaurant. However, in Italy, it is different. The waiter actually leaves you alone to eat and waits far for you to call him if you need anything. In fact, this is not the waiter being rude, this is him or her leaving you to enjoy your meal as much as possible.

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