When you think of Puerto Rico, what comes to mind?
A place with one of the world’s highest unemployment rates?
A massive debt crisis?
A city where residents cannot get the basic necessities like clean water?
No, that’s not the place you think Puerto Rico is.
That’s Puerto Rico.
But for some residents, the island’s problems aren’t nearly as bad as it is portrayed in popular culture.
Take Luz Cabeza, a 43-year-old bartender at the popular tourist attraction in downtown San Juan.
Luz, a former U.S. Navy SEAL, is a Puerto Rican who has lived in the U.K. for almost 15 years.
He was one of those first U.N. employees to arrive on the island, arriving in the mid-1990s.
“I came to the U!
I don’t know what they’re doing here.
The government is incompetent,” Luz told National Geographic.
Luz’s family is from Puerto Rico and moved to the United Kingdom with him when he was 13.
They now have two sons and a daughter.
Luza’s first job in the United States was cleaning restrooms at the local gym.
But his job as a bartender was never the same.
“It was a nightmare,” Luza said.
“There were always people who came and sat around and did drugs, people who just hung out and talked to each other.
There was nothing here for people like me.”
In Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan, many Puerto Ricans are now homeless, struggling to survive on their own.
According to the Puerto Rican Census Bureau, about 60 percent of the island is considered homeless.
“The government didn’t give us enough money to get our housing or even enough food,” Luis said.
Luis and his family moved to San Juan in 2010, after a friend introduced him to a Puerto Rico tourist attraction.
He said he enjoyed spending time with his family.
“There was always a sense of camaraderie and community,” Luzan said.
But that spirit was shattered when the government shut down the island.
“They’re going to tell you, ‘We’re going out of business, you’re going into foreclosure,’ and you don’t have anything,” Luzi said.
“So now you’re living in the car, you have nowhere to go, you don