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October 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Eastern Caribbean Cruise: Spectacular scenes, fun, food, music and friends

By Herman Santa

What a cruise.  Where to start? I guess St. Maarten (Dutch) or St. Martin (French) would do, since that was the real start to our wonderful cruise journey through the Caribbean.  On Sunday morning, 19 members and their guests of the Spanish American Club, Inc. (SACI) went on 7 day cruise to the Eastern Caribbean.  We met our cruise guides Nora Candelario and her sister Delia Diaz from Vacation Superstore, Inc. at the parking lot of Public’s Supermarket in Jensen Beach and boarded our motor coach for the 2 hour ride to the Port of Miami, where our ship Liberty of the Seas was ducked.

We cruised for 4 days until we reached the Island of St. Martin.  Some of us decided on a city tour with a trip to Philipsburg, the capital of St. Martin.  As our tour guide explained the history of the island, the natives named it “Saualiga” or Land of Salt”, one can immediately notice the Dutch influence by the pastel-colored houses with their 2nd story verandas and courtyards filled with flowers.  When we arrived at the French side, we stopped at the Flea market.  We shopped for jewelry, clothing and tasted the exotic cocktail made with the native rum-base guava berry liquor.

The next stop was San Juan, Puerto Rico; some took the Old San Juan (Fort El Morro) tour but Lucy and I decided to see my brother Tomas and his wife Nilda who were waiting for us near the ship.  They gave us a tour of the Capitol Building or “El Capitolio” which is located next to the fort.  After the tour we shopped in downtown old San Juan, then stopped for some “picadas” such as “alcapurrias” and “bolas de yuca” at “The Latin Store Restaurant” before boarding the ship.

The following day, our ship was ducked at the island of Labadee in Haiti.  The Island is leased by Royal Caribbean.  After the bar-b-cue, we took a tour of the island and visited the old Bell Tower, the Columbus Trading Post or Nellie’s Place, the main historical monuments on Labadee.  According to our tour guide, Christopher Columbus landed there on his 2nd trip on November, 1492.  We were fortunate to have beautiful weather during the entire trip.

We enjoyed the food (Beautiful dining rooms), the ice-skating ring, the theatre (Good comedians), the water parks, the decks with big swimming pools and spas, the gym, the bands (Latin, Caribbean, rock and roll and the orchestra), the disco and of course the shops on Royal Promenade and the Casino Royale.  On the last day, we cruised at night between Haiti and Miami.  A beautiful night with a full moon and a nice sea breeze, a calm night to seat back and watch Mother Nature go by.  It was beautiful end to an incredible journey that we never forget.

L to R (Back Row) Ron Bryson and Joe Abatte. (Front Row) Herman Santa, Lucy Santa, Isa Bryson and Alicia Abatte

L to R: ucy Santa, Ron Bryson and Isa Bryson

L to R: Angel Quiñones, Lucy Santa, Nora Candelario, Robert Candelario, Diana Sperl, Dick Sperl and Josh Casiano

 

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Categories: Cruise 2010, English, Español

Golf Tournament 2000

October 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Resultado 3er. Torneo de Golf

Por Herman Santa

Exitoso el “3rd Golf Tournament” del Spanish American Club, Inc. celebrado el sábado 5 de noviembre del año 2000.   Art Morales de padres peruanos y su compañiero estadounidense Derek Wright, dominaron en la categoria “Low Gross” entre unos de los 12 jugadores, terninaron con un registro de 64 sobre par (+3), en una competencia en parejas “Two Men Best Ball”, efectuada en vistoso “Savanna Club” de Port St. Lucie, bajo uncielo claro y una brisa suave.

Ivan Murrell natural de Panamá y su compafiero estadounidense Dana Peterson, con un total de 66 sobre par (+5) en el “Low Gross”, llegaron segundos. Ivan Murrell tambien ganó el “Closest to the Pin” y ci “The Longest Drive”.  Otros competidores que jugaron pero no ganaron premios fueron: Al Saladin dominicano y su hijo nacido aquí, Francis Saladin terminaron en 3rd” puesto.  Los boricuas Joe Castro y Luis Rosa quedaron en el 4to. Lugar.  El Lic. Victor Swift estadounidense y Herman Santa de Puerto Rico se clasificaron en 5to. Lugar.  Los cubanos Arnaldo Palenzuela y Argelio Del Valle terminaron en 6to. Lugar. Bo Bosecker pagó la cuota pero no pudojugar.

Después del tomeo, los golfistas terminaron celebrando en el Restaurant “Pueblo Viejo” de Port St. Lucie, donde se dieron unos “palitos” y se repartieron los trofeos.  Lo más importante, sin embargo, es que todos compartian un mismo propósito como jugadores aficionados y algunos con muy poca experiencia conpetitiva: compartir con los socios y pasar un rato de camaraderla en un ambiente saludable y alegre.  “Lo principal es quo todos la pasen bien y se diviertan en un día agradabie y a la misma vez promover la amistad y la unidad entre los golfistas hispanos”, dijo el presidente del Club, Arnaldo Palenzuela.  A todos los participantes, les querernos dar las gracias por apoyarnos.  Estas son las actividades que necesita el Club para unir a los hispanos dcl area.  Actividades como estas hacen que el Club siga adelante. ¡Arriba el S.A.C.I.¡

L to R: Arnaldo Palenzuela presenting 1st Place Low Gross trophies to Art Morales and Derek Wright

L to R: Arnaldo Palenzuela presnting 2nd. Low Gross trophies to Ivan Morrell Dana Peterson

L to R: Arnaldo Palenzuela presenting Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive trophies to Ivan Morrell

Golf 1997

October 13, 2010 Leave a comment

El SACI celebrará Primer Torneo de Golf

Por Herman Santa

El club ceiebrará en octubre de 1998 su “Primer Tomeo Anual de Golf’ a beneficio de la beca estudiantil. La actividad se llevará a cabo en el Savanna Club de Port St. Lucie.  El torneo que se jugará bajo el formato “Two persons best ball” comenzará a las 8:30 A.M.. Estará limitado a los primeros 20 golfistas que paguen la cuota de inscripción la cual tiene un costo de $25.00.  Habrá trofeos para ci iro., 2do., 3ro., (Best Score)”Low Gross”, “Longest Drive” y “Closest to Pin”.  Esta es la primera vez que ci club es el auspiciador de un tomeo de Golf. El tomeo se espera que va a ser todo un éxito.

Las personas interesadas en participar pueden liamar al “Comité de Golf’ a las siguientes personas: White City a Tom Gonzalez, Palm City a Dana Peterson, Jensen Beach a Herman Santa, Port St. Lucie a Ed Finnerty.  Gracias al apoyo de amigos Golfistas que siempre dicen presente cuando se necesitan!

Gustavo Troconis and Ed Finnerty

L to R: Fulvio Pastore and Gustavo Troconis

Categories: English, Español, Golf 1997

Golf 1995

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Golf 1995 at Savanna Club

By Herman Santa

L to R: Gustavo Troconis and Herman Santa

L to R: Gustavo Troconis and Herman Santa

Herman Santa and Ed Finnerty

Herman Santa and Ed Finnerty

Categories: English, Español, Golf 1995

Golf 1994

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Golf 1994 at Savanna Club

L to R: Ed Finnerty and Ernesto Pérez

L to R: Ernesto (Ernie) Pérez and Herman Santa

 

Categories: English, Español, Golf 1994

Golf 1993

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Golf 1993 at Savanna Club

By Herman Santa

Tom González and Herman Santa

Tom González and Herman Santa

L to R: Tom González and Herman Santa

L to R: Tom González and Herman Santa

Categories: English, Español, Golf 1993

Golf 1992

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Herman Santa getting ready to tee off

Herman Santa preparing to tee off

Categories: English, Español, Golf 1992