While we did visit Puerto Rico for a second time in 1987, that trip was solely about revisiting the island and spending time with friends we had made during the 1986 trip. There were no Menudo moments, shows, or anything of that nature. This 3rd and last consecutive trip to Puerto Rico was a culmination of sorts. Not only did we get to spend time with our friends from the island, but we also got to celebrate this trip with Menudo shows & adventures. We stayed for THREE weeks and we got into all sorts of trouble. This was the Summer before I went away to college, so I wanted to make the most of it. And I did. Oh yes, I did. Five of us went on this trip: Marcie, Susan, & I (we made all 3 trips in 1986, 1987, & 1988), Linda (she went in ’86 and then returned in ’88) and Gina (a newbie to Puerto Rico for this ’88 trip). We were all good friends and very excited to be back on the island. With so much time on the island, we had no idea what would be in store. The second day we arrived, we went to the Centro de Bellas Artes to buy tickets for a few concerts.
We bought Menudo tickets for a couple different dates and we also bought tickets to Charlie’s solo show. I was the most excited for that one!! The first show we went to was the Menudo 10th Anniversary Show on July 1st, about a week into our trip. The show was great, but our seats were not so great. After several songs, when we saw some of the closer rows still empty, we decided to move up and hope for the best. Nobody ever showed up, so we enjoyed the concert from a closer vantage point and got some great photos.
A lot of our friends were at the show, so it was also a reunion of sorts. A few days later (on the 4th) we had two shows to attend. The Menudo show started at 3pm and Charlie’s started at 7:30pm. What a day!
I don’t have any distinct memories from the Menudo show. But the Charlie show was a slice of heaven for me. I had great seats and a great view of my favorite guy. He did three outfit changes during the show which pleased both me and the ladies.
And when my friend, Kary, decided to so generously give me her pass for Charlie’s after party, my evening was wonderfully complete. I was so happy to have another opportunity to see my love again.
Overall this trip was one of mischief, fun, adventure, and major mishaps. But it would be the most fun I would have for a while and also the last time all of us girls would gather together for a trip.