Saturday, March 29, 2008

An Amazing Vacation In Mexico!

O.K., now that I've been home for a week, I think it's time to share the details of the trip! BUT, if you are one of my dear friends who has been bugging me, you are required to leave a comment when you're done reading!

The trip was absolutely wonderful! I am so thankful for the chance Joshua and I had to spend this time together. It was like a second honeymoon! We had no travel problems, or delays or lost luggage. We didn't have tummy problems or any other sickness. We had a very comfy bed and a quiet room, so we slept great! And Joshua didn't even sunburn himself to death (which he tends to do)! I would have to say that it was pretty close to the perfect vacation!

The food was sooo yummy! I really enjoyed eating authentic Mexican food again to my heart's content! I think I had beans and corn tortillas with about 2/3 of my meals - even sometimes for breakfast! There was an abundance of fresh pineapple, cantaloupe and papaya. We both discovered that we don't so much care for papaya, but the pineapple was excellent. When you go to these all-inclusive resorts, there is always a main buffet restaurant that is open for each meal of the day. (There is a snack bar for the in-between times. Which had the best ice cream cones, by the way!) At the buffet, there were made-to-order omelette stations for breakfast, along with anything else you can imagine for breakfast! The french toast, made with leftover french bread, was amazing! I looked forward to that every morning! At lunch and supper, there was always some sort of meat that you could get right off the grill (fish, pork chops, burgers). Also, there was a made-to-order pasta station that was pretty good. There was always plenty of fresh salad materials, so we took advantage of that to offset the ice cream cones! :-) There were 4 other restaurants on the resort that were only open for dinner. They are called the a la carte restaurants. When you stay for a week, you are allowed to make reservations at 3 of the a la carte restaurants. We ate at Bambu, the Asian restaurant, the Beach Barbecue, and the Mexican restaurant. All of them were excellent and each had their special trademarks. At Bambu, we had the best time interacting with the waiters - they had a lot of fun in there! I got to try some different kinds of sushi too. All the food was really good. The Beach Barbecue was very special because it was set up right on the sand next to the beach! It was so cool to be able to see and hear the ocean while we were eating at a table with a fancy tablecloth and a hurricane lamp! They had ribs, pork chops and chicken. The ribs were our favourite and we could hardly stop eating them! The natural thing to do after a meal like that was to just step away from the table for a moonlit walk by the beach. We ate at the Mexican restaurant our last night there. We got a table out on their terrace, so we were able to see the ocean AND watch the sunset! It was so beautiful! The food at this restaurant was probably my favourite. I had this soup, for an appetizer, that I could eat everyday! So, we rate the food at about 5 stars!

Our typical day went something like this. Get up around 9 or 9:30 a.m., get dressed and walk over to the buffet. Eat a yummy breakfast. Go back to the room and put on our swimsuits and sunscreen. Pack the tote bag with water, more sunscreen, books and cover-ups. Walk to the beach and set up camp. Go get a pina colada (virgin!) at the bar. (All the drinks were included as well.) Sit in the sun and get nice and toasty. Go play in the water to cool off and ride the boogie boards for awhile. Clean the seaweed and sand out of our bathing suits. :-) Sit in the sun some more. Joshua went to play in the ping pong tournament by the family pool at 1 p.m. for 4 of the days we were there. He won twice! Then, put on swimsuit cover-ups and go to the buffet for lunch. Put on more sunscreen and head to the pool. (There was an adult only pool that was very nice. It overlooked the ocean. There was an inner circle that was a hot tub, but the outer circle was also nice and warm.) A couple of times we played tennis in the afternoon. Go take showers and put on nicer clothes for dinner. Eat dinner. Take a walk on the beach or rest in our room for awhile. Head over to the theatre for the nightly live entertainment. Enjoy the show and some hot chocolate. Back to the room for a good night's sleep! There were a few variations in each day, but you get the idea!

We met a Christian couple, Hans and Charissa, while at the resort, who had also come without their kids. We started talking on the beach the second day we were there and just seemed to click with them. We actually ended up doing a lot of things together and enjoyed getting to know them. On Monday, we went to the nearest little town with them to do our souvenir shopping. We hopped a local bus out by the road, paid $2 each and had about a 15 minute bus ride to town! We did our shopping, and took the bus back to the resort a couple of hours later! It was a lot of fun, and we were glad to have someone else along just for safety purposes. The kids were very happy with all the things we brought back for them! That was our only "excursion" away from the resort. We didn't go on any of the organized excursions that were offered. There was one that we booked for Friday, but when Hans and Charissa went on the same excursion on Tuesday, we cancelled ours. Their trip was a disaster, partly due to the weather, and we just didn't want to risk the same disappointment and frustration. So, we were happy to stay on the beach and work on our tans! We did get some great tans, by the way! Hopefully I'm still somewhat brown by the time we can wear shorts around here!

The kids did great with Grandpa and Grandma while we were gone. They also stayed healthy and injury free, so I was thankful for that. They had lots of fun going for ice cream, shopping, visiting the zoo, going swimming and playing outside. Thanks Mom and Dad for everything you did to make the weeks a huge success! We love you!

Well, I could type all day, but I think that's enough for now! If you have any questions, just post them in the comment section. If you want to see LOTS of pictures from the trip, here is a link to my album on Facebook. (Blogger won't let me download anything onto here right now.) Enjoy!


Karen said...

Oh man I want to go... maybe we should go there next year instead! JUST KIDDING! I'm glad you had so much fun... it sounds WONDERFUL!

Beth said...

Sounds amazing!!! Maybe I'll have to make sure Dale reads this, we might have to consider something like this for our 10-yr-late honeymoon :)

GE is me said...

I'm looking at the thermometer on your blog that says -4 & I bet you are wishing you were back in sunny Mexico. It sounds like you had an absolutely wonderful time & I'm envious. (not of the -4, though)
I love your children's names.

Jody and Emily Jennings said...

Wow, that sounded wonderful. And, we don't like papaya either. We had them growing in our yard in Uganda, but...yuck.

Jeff, Judith, Lauren, Emily, Daniel, Amy, and Joel said...

Thank you so much for sharing all about your wonderful trip. I "almost" feel like I went on vacation too! Loved the pictures on Facebook. Thanks for all your hard work in documenting this for us all to enjoy!

Mindy said...

Sounds like a perfect vacation for you and Joshua! Your food descriptions made me very hungry!

So excited to see you in May!