Monday, May 05, 2008

We're Baaack!

We finally did something that we could not help but make a blog post about it. Ken and I went to JAMAICA for a long weekend and stayed in an adult only all inclusive resort called Sandals Whitehouse for our anniversary. When we were planning what to do for our anniversary, we talked about going to stay in a Bed and Breakfast somewhere here in Texas. He told me he would start looking around at some good B&B’s in the area. About a month before our anniversary, Ken sent me an e-mail with a link of a place that he thought would be nice to stay. I clicked on the link (of course thinking some quaint little B&B was going to pop up) and immediately knew that this place was not in Texas!! It was a wonderful surprise.

The trip was absolutely amazing! We recommend every married couple to take some time away (find a great deal—like we did) and spend some time together nurturing your relationship at an adult only all inclusive resort somewhere in the Caribbean.

We were able to water ski, snorkel, sail a boat, canoe, swim in the ocean and the pool, play beach and pool volleyball, learn Jamaican dances, relax in a hammock on the beach, eat gourmet, delicious, and artistic food at the 7 restaurants on the resort, and enjoy live Jamaican entertainment every night (although we were sick of Bob Marley songs after the first couple of days). No, we are not getting paid to be an advertiser for this resort, it was just that great! Oh, I forgot to mention the nice rooms and the gorgeous scenery!

All drinks were free as well! The resort had wet bars attached to all the swimming pools, so you would just swim on up and ask for a drink. I think we were the only ones that did not drink alcohol, so unlike most people there we remember our whole vacation. However, we sure did take advantage of the virgin pina coladas and the fresh pineapple juice. We are still craving the pineapple juice—my mouth is watering as I am typing.

All the Jamaicans that worked at the resort were very gracious and kind with beautiful accents (kind of like an English accent with their own flair). I felt like a princess because they all addressed me as either “my lady” or “madame.” They are laid back and never seem to be in a hurry (no stress in Jamaica)! They really do say “Yah, Man” and “No Problem” all the time. Ken and I were even saying these phrases by the time we left.

One of the most interesting parts of the trip was the bus ride from the airport to the resort. It took us about 1 hour and 45 minutes to get there. Jamaicans drive on the wrong side of the road (in our USA opinion) and their steering wheels are on the wrong side too! This took some getting used to especially since 95% of the time we were speeding (literally going extremely fast) on a very narrow and curvy two-way mountain road with pot holes and bumps everywhere.

I wish we would have taken some pictures, but we were so tired and pre-occupied with the safety of our lives. The driver kept assuring us, “No problem my friends, I have driven this bus for 10 years without any accidents.” I was truly amazed that we got to the resort in one piece.

On this road, we were able to see the real Jamaica. It was neat to see all the different tropical trees, flowers, and plants . It was sad to see all the poverty! We saw hundreds of tin, cement, or wood shacks as homes. Goats and cows walk around freely and just about as many bars (really just one-room shacks) as homes. Most of what we saw was very poor and there were a few very wealthy areas, but not much in between. It made me feel a little guilty that we were going to an incredible resort when most of the people lived in such poor conditions. But I got over it! J

Click on the link to see more pictures of our tropical get-a-way! (included are a few pictures of our trip to Dallas World Aquarium, visiting College Station for spring break where my sister and her family live, and attending a musical, Beauty and the Beast). Enjoy!!

Spring 2008


The Martone Memories said...

Looks so peaceful!!! Ahhhh..........
What a fun trip. I was so happy when I saw a new post. Welcome back.

Bridget said...

Wow, I am sure it was 100 times more peaceful and beautiful than it looks in your amazing pictures. Sounds like the trip of a lifetime. Its refreshing and inspiring to see other couples still so in love, too! And Wendy you look relaxed and absolutely stunning. Lucky girl!

Beam Family said...

Yay, a new post. I am so jealous. Do you think San Antonio will be as refreshing? It was fun to read the details of your trip. I've been so preoccupied with my life, I didn't give you the chance to tell me about everything you did. See you Thursday.

Shauna said...

Wendy, I am green with envy! One day Ryan and I will take that trip. But it won't be for another 5-10 years! I love the pictures, there is so much color in Jamaica! And you are so cute in every single one!

Brandon & Shelly said...

looks like a great vacation. Who took all of your pictures?

It's ME! -- Christie -- said...

HOW FUN!! Wendy you look so great! You have a glow about you and you just beam! What a wonderful time you guys had, I am jealous! ;0) The beach...ahhh, I can almost "feel" myself there from browsing thru your pictures! Thanks for updating, I kept checking your blog wondering where in the world is my dear friend Wendy!? lol So glad your're baaack!

mommyofthree said...

Okay, totally jealous.
It's good to see a post too!

Jill said...

So happy that you finally posted! Your pictures are beautiful, you both look great and I am so glad you had such a good time!