My Christmas Vacation

It all started as soon as school ended. I had a busy couple of weeks ahead of me, and the anxiety hit me as soon as I stepped out those double doors. I was about to embark on an adventure to Puerto Rico with my mom and my sister, and things were bound to get interesting.

I breathed a heavy sigh into the chilly December air and looked up at the semi-clouded sky. It had been a strangely warm December so far, but even so I was looking forward to the humidity and sun of the tropics.

Not a moment too soon my mom pulled up to the school and I hopped in. Twenty-four hours later I was on my first flight on my journey.

“And thank you for flying with us!” the recording of an overly-cheery woman’s voice boomed over the speakers of the airbus. I heaved a loud sigh as I leaned back into my blue seat next to the window. The flight was supposed to be just over an hour and forty-five minutes and I already couldn’t wait for it to land.

Surprisingly the first flight flew by (get it?) and the second did as well. Before I knew it I was in Puerto Rico, the land of warm breezes, mindless red ants, and loud music.

My mind drifted back to when my mom had given me advice about the trip.

“Puerto Rico during the holidays can get pretty crazy, so don’t wander off on me. But you’ll love the music and the food, I promise! But, just keep in mind that your grandmother’s wedding is on Sunday, so try not to stress her out.”

That’s right, a wedding. And just as soon as I thought we’d be able to settle down and chill, we were off to work to prepare my grandmother’s wedding. Don’t get me wrong, it was fantastic to be able to help out with such an event! But it’s not exactly what every high schooler has in mind when they think of winter vacation…


Here’s a picture of when I went horseback riding on a beach where they recently filmed a Disney movie called Teen Beach Movie. I think they filmed the second one there too, but I’m not sure.

However we still got to do a bunch of fun things between all the hard work. We were able to visit beautiful beaches and find shells I’d never seen outside of TV and books, try some new foods at shacks by the road, and meet some very interesting family members from all over the island.

During Christmas we celebrated my mom’s 50th birthday with a ton of family, which was really enjoyable. I was able to meet lots of cousins who were interested in a lot of the same things I was interested in. We were able to hold some really good conversation about different TV shows, music, food, etc.. However, we didn’t open presents like many families did that morning. Instead we had opened our presents before setting out to PR so we could use our presents during the trip. So we basically had an early Christmas, which was unusual.

All too soon Sunday swung around and the wedding took place. I walked down the isle with my cousin, Christian, with myself as a bridesmaid. I played the violin for a part of the ceremony and my sister, Alyssa, took part as the flower girl.

During the reception I fell ill, but I still pulled through and was able to play some Christmas music for my grandmother and my new step-grandfather.

The final week of the trip we were able to visit some of the touristy areas of the island as well as the famous fort called El Morro where I took some pictures for my graduation invitations. I was uber excited to play He’s a Pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean inside the fort as well, where pirates may have looked on centuries ago.

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Above are a couple more photos from my trip. Enjoy!

However, the end of the week held lots of work on projects for me, so we didn’t do to much after Wednesday of the second week. Before I knew it we were all packed up and were on our way home.

All in all, I’d say Puerto Rico is a fantastic spot for a winter vacation if you wanna ditch the cold! But be prepared for the shock of cold when you get home… I left with sunshine and arrived to ice covering everything, including three inches of ice on my mom’s windshield. Basically, if you’re looking for a vacation spot, Puerto Rico is the place to go!

Have you traveled anywhere on a winter vacation? Let me know in the comments below! Please let us know about more vacation spots (I really need some ideas for my graduation trip as well! So please let us know!)



About Sabrina N. Mapes

There are only so many people who can say they're fans of pirates, superheroes, and violin pop; I am one of them. Some would describe me as spontaneous, others a spazz, and some a caffeine addict... that last one is no longer true.

Posted on January 6, 2016, in Top Stories. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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