Come Walk With Me: Jayuya

Photo belongs to Gabriela Yareliz
Hacienda Gripinas: photo belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

By: Gabriela Yareliz

We took a trip through winding roads, up mountains and through cliffs, to get to Jayuya, the place where, years ago, some Spaniards settled and decided to grow their family. My family.

The roads are narrow and look like one-ways, but when another car appears going in the opposite direction, magically, the road becomes a two-way. We ran into a funeral procession near a cliff. We took meds to combat the nausea, but we were nauseated anyway.

There’s nothing like the relief of arriving, putting your feet on solid ground and being greeted by a warm hug from a  family member you haven’t seen in years. And of course, coffee and fresh squeezed orange juice.

Photo belongs to Gabriela Yareliz
Photo belongs to Gabriela Yareliz
Photo belongs to Gabriela Yareliz
Photo belongs to Gabriela Yareliz
Photo belongs to Gabriela Yareliz
Photo belongs to Gabriela Yareliz
Photo belongs to Gabriela Yareliz
Photo belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

Family relaxing:

Photo belongs to Gabriela Yareliz
Photo belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

Spectacular views:

Photo belongs to Gabriela Yareliz
Photo belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

Piedra escrita, rock with Taino writing on it:

Photo belongs to Gabriela Yareliz
Photo belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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