Combate, Puerto Rico – by Ariana Martinez

“This recording was made on the shore of El Combate, a beach in the Boquerón area of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. The recording is dated January 6th, which falls on Día de los Reyes (Three Kings Day), a significant religious holiday, but strangely, no one else was on the beach at the time. No families celebrating or kids playing. My father and I were the only people on the beach for several hours. Earthquakes had already started to threaten Puerto Rico’s southwest coast, and we were not far off from some of the most recently affected areas. Later that night, we would feel an earthquake shake our home in Lajas.”