Postcards from Buster

Season 1 Episode 39

Treasure Island (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Aired Unknown Mar 30, 2005 on PBS



  • Trivia

    • At the beginning, you see the Puerto Rico map, pointing to San Juan. During the "I forgot to tell you" segment, the Puerto Rico map is pointing to Cataño (Not far from San Juan).

    • Buster and George enters inside a cow pasture in order to reach the beach. It is 100% illegal to do that, since it is private property!

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • This is the first time that Carlos of "Los Viajeros" is seen at younger age.

    • Puerto Rico became a US territory in 1898, due to the Hispanic-American war.

    • Puerto Rico was discovered in 1493 by Christopher Colombus.

    • Puerto Rico is not an US state, but is a Commonwealth (Estado Libre Asociado).

    • The Caribbean National Forest is the official name of "El Yunque" Rainforest.

    • "El Castillo De San Felipe Del Morro" is the official name of "El Morro Castle".

    • The town of Cataño is a few miles of Old San Juan and the easy way to get there is via ferry.

    • The Puerto Rican and USA flag road, is actually "El Puente Teodoro Moscoso" (Teodoro Moscoso Bridge), is the main bridge that connects the city and the International Airport.

    • This episode was filmed around Old San Juan (El Morro Castle), Cataño (George's House and Ferry) and Rio Grande ("El Yunque" Rainforest and "Selva Beach").

    • "Treasure Island (San Juan, Puerto Rico)" is one of 3 episodes made outside the USA. The other 2 are "Spring Break (Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada)" and "Lost and Found (Guanajuato, Mexico)".

  • Allusions

    • BUSTER: "Where did I see this face?" (Shows the "Taino" drawn by Carlos)
      Taino natives where Puerto Rican natives long before the discovery of the island by Colombus. Today, Taino natives are not seen and although there are some descendants, they are not recognized as a tribal community.

    • BUSTER: "Can we go back to El Yunque and record The Coqui?"
      El Yunque Rain Forest is also known as the Caribbean National Forest and is located some 25 miles (40 Km) east of San Juan, on the town of Rio Grande. It is the only rainforest in the US Forestry Division. It is also the place where the "Coqui" frog can be found. It was also the home of the "Taino" native.

    • BUSTER: "Do you fly kites here?"
      El Morro (Castillo De San Felipe Del Morro) Castle was build around the 1500's to defend the capital from outsiders. The last time this castle was use for defense, was during the 1898 Hispanic-American war. It was also active during WWI, but after Puerto Rico declared Commonwealth, the fortress was turned over to the US Department of the Interior's National Park Service. El Morro Castle is the most common place to fly kites, during the spring, due to the closest location to the Atlantic Ocean, which brings enough wind gust to fly a kite.

    • BUSTER and GEORGE: BUSTER: "How was that sound?" GEORGE: "Cooooqui" (Imitates frog)
      Coqui frogs (Eleutherodactylus) are mostly heard during the nights. This tiny frogs are mostly rural and mountain habitants. It is common to hear the frogs with the open windows. It is believe that Coqui frogs are not migrant and if taken outside of Puerto Rico, may not survive. However, the Coqui frog has been seen in Hawaii too (The Hawaii Government call this frogs as pest).

    • BUSTER: "Is that like Snow Cones?"
      The reference to Piragua, basically comes from the old cart that is used to carry a big chunk of ice, which is shaved with an ice shaver, then formed into a snow cone, while the cart holds the syrups bottles inside. The most typical flavor is "Frambuesa" (Strawberry), "Tamarindo" (Tamarind) and "Coco" (Coconut).