There is something called “Island Time” and most of the Puerto Rico idiosyncrasies are based on “Island Time”. If someone tells you a particular time, expect it an hour late at least! After living in the states for 7 years, I forgot about “Island Time”, so when my sister invited the whole family to diner at 530 PM, I showed up at 530 PM to find her still cleaning and not ready. I was like “oh I thought you said 530”, she said YES! You are early! But it’s 530! To what she replies by saying, I know! I say 530 so people start showing up at 7!
If you have to go some of the government offices, expect to wait for hours in line! Every time I went to a government office,they have opened late and closed early. One time I went at 830 AM and they opened at 9, there was a gigantic line of people outside waiting, 915 AM and they finally opened the doors, after 2 hours of waiting I was told that they were not taking any more people today. The next time I showed up at 345 PM since they closed at 430 PM, well, they were already closing shop and they ALMOST told me I had to come back another day!
You go to your doctor appointment that it is at 8 AM just to find a closed door and a piece of paper for you to write your name. You see other people’s names there and you add yours to the list. You see, the doctor schedules you at 8 AM but there are other people scheduled for the same time, so it is essentially first come first serve. In fact, I had a doctor appointment once at 3 PM and a lady that I let in first into the office by opening the door for her had an appointment at 4 PM, at check in she put her name on the list then I put mine, guess what? She went in first even though she was scheduled for a later time.
I’d love to hear your stories!