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Plaza las Americas

Posted in Puerto Rico,Travel by Elliott Back on March 2nd, 2011.

I don’t know why Plaza Las Américas has a 4.5 star rating on yahoo travelguide. It’s a big mall; if you’ve ever been to a 300+ store mall before, there’s nothing new here. If it’s your first time to a city with a big mall, maybe you’d be amazed and love it, but otherwise there’s little to set the Puerto Rico mall apart from a stateside one. The mall has been around for over 40 years, has a fire department and two police stations, and three big outlet anchor stores (JCPenny, Sears, Macy’s).


It’s open 9AM to 9PM every day, and 11 to 7 PM on Sundays.


I did find their animated fountains interesting. They have a turtle and manatee which gyrate in streams of water. Peaceful visitors perch candidly on the ledges surrounding the fountains and chitchat.

Fountain Animated Turtle at Plaza las Americas, Puerto Rico –

There are some cool dangly metal sculptures that hang here and there from the ceiling too:

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Puerto Rico Museum of Art

Posted in Puerto Rico,Travel by Elliott Back on February 28th, 2011.

The Puerto Rico Art Museum is a fantastic way to burn a few afternoon hours. Located on 299 Ave José de Diego, just a few blocks from Plaza las Americas shopping mall, el Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico is open Tuesday – Sunday from 10/11 – 5/6 PM (check the website for hours). For just $11 you can see both the regular exhibit and a special exhibit of Campeche.

Regular Exhibition

The permanent collection consists of some 1,100 works of art in various media. A small sample is available at the permanent collection gallery. One of my favorites is Sobrecielo (2000), by Ada Bobonis, which features dried flowers hanging from a ceiling in waves of different colors, illuminated by a long light:

Sculpture Garden

Outside, a large garden and a dozen sculptures await. This is the only place in the museum which permits photography, so I took a few photos while I was there. I also bumped into a couple taking a romantic stroll!

Special Exhibition

Currently showing Campeche alive: 200 years later, a collection of 17 works reinterpreting the art of José Campeche. Campeche, a puertorican who lived from 1701 to 1780, painted many church scenes as well as famous portraits, such as of governor Ustariz.

Check the future exhibitions page for more information going forward.

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Blog Explosion

Posted in How to Blog by Elliott Back on December 14th, 2004.

Today I tried out a new blog promotion service that I’ve been hearing a lot about: Blog Explosion. They offer a unique combination of rewarded surfing with multilevel marketing (pyramind) schemes. The payout, though, is not money, but traffic. For every 2 blogs you visit through their site, they send one visitor to your sites. And for each referral that you get to sign up on Blog Explosion, you get 10% of the traffic they generate, down to a maximum of 5 levels deep.

They’re not stupid about doing this, either. They give a page full of banners you can use to promote blog explosion, most of which are well done, but unfortunately animated. Here’s a still of one of them:

Blog Explosion

After surfing 100 blogs I’d never seen before, I found some neat, interesting things:

That’s the real benefit to the Blog Explosion system: getting to meet new and interesting blogs. Of course, for every good blog you meet, there are some bad ones:

My friends, there is more chaff than wheat. Still it’s an idea worth checking out, especially if you sign up with this special link! Probably, you’ll find some neat blog ideas and blogs, find some stuff you hate, and get a few more visitors. It’s a sophisticated enough system and idea that it’s worth a try–and it’s free.