And for me, one such place can be found in the western part of San Juan, Puerto Rico, near old San Juan, along the beaches of Condado. Tucked comfortably on Condado, between the Hotel La Concha (Renaissance) and the new Hotel Condado, is a small sea wall with a quaint walk-way and observation area. It is a beautiful location, especially in the early evening when the cool breeze from the Caribbean mixes with a refreshing watery mist from the Atlantic, created by the waves crashing into the boulders that line the wall. It is indeed something to experience. I usually sit along the wall and watch the cruise ships make their way across the ocean after having departed San Juan. I spend a few moments of quiet meditation. Occasionally I am interrupted by a tourist asking me to take their photograph, or the drone of a plane taking off from the nearby Isla Grande Airport. But watching the airplane as it disappears into the darkening eastern skies, or the smile on the faces of a couple whose photo I have just taken just adds to the magic of this place.
It gives me the time to sort it all out - whatever is troubling my thoughts or going on in my head. And for the brief duration of my visit, my burdens seem less.
I don't stay there long - just ten minutes or so. Usually that is all that I need and more often than not, business and responsibilities quickly beckon me away from my brief respite. I snap a photo or two, head back to my car and return to the every day hustle and bustle of my life. But those simple ten minutes can fill my tank and fuel my passion for months to come. Or until I am empty again.