So our home internet is finally fixed, and you know what that means... honeymoon photos! Finally! The full set can be found here.
First of all, the basics... we spent two weeks in an all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. It was the first time either of us had been there, and the first time I had ever stayed at an all-inclusive resort. It was pretty much awesome, although I wouldn't want to do that for every vacation. They had the best drinks... fruity, frozen tropical concoctions with lots of rum.
The weather was fantastic--I would guess that it was around 85 degrees pretty much every day. It rained a couple times, but only briefly and it was very pretty. The rest of the time it was sunny. The resort was gorgeous, with beautiful villas, lovely grounds, an amazing pool, fantastic staff, and a to-die-for beach. There was even a creperie with delicious crepes. And believe me, we got spoiled with all the pre-paid restaurants. We got so used to just wandering in and out of restaurants that we will probably run a serious risk of inadvertently walking out on the bill next time we go out to eat in DC.
Punta Cana is very much a resort town, with absolutely nothing to do outside the resort. We had figured that if we got stir-crazy, we could go on one of the paid excursions offered by the hotel--to a Caribbean island, or in a speedboat, or to the city of Santo Domingo. But we didn't get bored. We didn't even partake in a single one of the activities offered by the hotel. We just blissed out on the beach and by the pool for two straight weeks, with sporadic breaks for food, baths in the amazing double tub in our hotel room, naps, etc.
Two weeks was just the right amount of time for the trip. By the end, we were completely relaxed and unwound and rested, and also starting to get sick of the food. We were ready to come home. I thought it would be a tough adjustment easing into normal life with no wedding to plan and no honeymoon to look forward to, but in fact it's been remarkably easy so far. I think the reason for that is that I just really love my life. I can't imagine being happier. Although a two-week honeymoon on an annual basis would certainly not be unwelcome.
On future trips, we'll probably be a bit more active, or at least do a combination of lazing around and exploring, but for this trip, after a year of planning a wedding, two weeks of doing nothing but lying out by the water was exactly we needed. I feel healthy and rejuvenated, and I am very much looking forward to settling into lovely, mundane wedded bliss.
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