Thursday, November 20, 2008

Honeymoon recap

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.

35 comments:

  1. Your honeymoon sounds perfect! We were lamenting that we wish we were able to be away more than 7 days. Sounds like 10 days to two weeks is the right dose! And you know what? There's nothing wrong with being happy to be back at home. Life gets so crazy and out-of-routine before the wedding, that it feels good to have your old (and happy) life back. Welcome home!

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  2. What hotel did stay at?

    What is that second to last picture? I HAVE NO IDEA and it's driving me nuts!

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  3. I feel blissful and relaxed just LOOKING at your pictures. I'm so glad you had a good time. It looks like you got a tan, too. And are those FRECKLES I see?

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  4. Sounds fantastic! Welcome back to the states :)

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  5. It looks so relaxing! Ahhhh. You guys look completely happy and laid back! What fun.

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  6. ok, the picture of you two under the cabana at the beach? PERFECT & sooooo cute!!!!!

    Congrats and I'm so so so happy for you!!!!

    P.S. you wedding cake = AMAZING. love the polka dots. :)

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  7. i'm so glad you liked punta cana! i remember when you were deciding where to go and that popped up, i had just been there so i was really excited! i think i know which resort you were at too, because we were near those canopies!

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  8. Ooh, that looks lovely! I could seriously use a two week bliss out right now!

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  9. I'm so happy for you, and so glad that you got 2 weeks to recharge and relax. We're doing the 2 week trip for our one year anniversary because we didn't have that much time off when we got married. It's 5.5 months away, and I can't wait! I've literally never taken a 2 week vacation.

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  10. Sounds like a lovely time! Welcome back. :)

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  11. Your honeymoon sounds just perfect and the pictures are great! So glad you had a restful time...you guys had earned it. Welcome back, Mrs. Torsten! :)

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  12. It looks and sounded awesome! I wish we had done 2 weeks on our honeymoon. A week wasn't quite long enough.

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  13. Oh my god. I'm REALLY trying to be happy for you but the jealousy is winning right now... especially since it's 27 degrees outside.

    But you do look pretty damn cute in that picture of you guys on the lounge chairs :)

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  14. That resort looks *amazing*! Sounds like you had an awesome honeymoon, hoorah!

    And a double-tub? Can I get one of those in my apartment? :)

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  15. Yay! I'm glad you had such a good time!

    I looked at the 5th picture down and said what is that, it looks like a tire but it can't be. And then I enlarged it. HAHAHAHA.

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  16. SO GORGEOUS!!! i'm going through the flickr set now - these are amazing pictures. isn't it awesome how it's freaking perfect weather ALL THE TIME there??

    ps for the record, i love torsten's scruffy look!

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  17. Wow that sounds perfect (and looks it too!). I'm so glad you had a beautiful, relaxing time :)

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  18. ok, so i just looked at the Flicker pics, but I am technology-challenged, so I have to leave my comments here!

    1. Turtle raft = AMAZING. Please never let go of that!

    2. How did you keep your curls so gorgeously perfect at the beach?! Possibly even more amazing than the turtle raft. Maybe. ;)

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  19. Looks SO AWESOME. Also, that first picture of you guys is SO CUTE. Gah...I'm SO JEALOUS. :)

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  20. the pictures are beautiful.
    so glad to hear you had such a great time.

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  21. Wow, what a beautiful place and a perfect 2 weeks - I'm jealous!

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  22. sounds fantastic. nothings more relaxing than all inclusive vacations in tropical locales!

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  23. I love that photo of you and Torsten close up. You both look so relaxed and well rested. I am so jealous, BTW. And glad you had a great time!

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  24. Wow that is wonderful. I'm so glad you had a nice time and was able to relax! Great pictures.

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  25. I have never taken a two-week vacation before. So jealous! Also, I saw the obscene towel pic in your Flickr set earlier, and I'm still sort of giggling about it.

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  26. Mexico is where we honeymooned too. It is my happy place. Sigh.

    It looks like you guys had a fabulous time! I want to go back so badly...

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  27. That looks and sounds like it was so awesome.

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  28. Ooh! Do you mind if I pick your brains about where you stayed for your honeymoon? And when you say all inclusive, is that EVERYTHING inclusive?

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