Friday, March 9, 2012

Avenida Universidad

If there is one incontrovertible truth that I have learned during my travels, it is that, throughout the world, local college kids know where to have the best time for the least amount of money.

So, after a grueling but relaxing evening class at the yoga studio we had spotted a few blocks from our rental house—owned and operated, incidentally, by two friendly transplants from Austin—when faced with the choice between paying a $20 cover to hang out with a bunch of other overcooked American tourists and exploring the local college student scene on our last night in town, the decision was pretty easy.

We were advised to head to Avenida Universidad, a crowded street leading up to the main campus of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR).

The street was lined with small bars and restaurants packed with throngs of local university students. For the first time since coming to Puerto Rico, I felt refreshingly out of place. Plus I finally picked up some new Spanish slang jaja!

And yes, the night ended with a mass karaoke session. There's nothing like belting out old Juanes songs with new friends and complete strangers.