There’s not enough time tonight for me to fully describe the 10 day trip of which we just returned from. I wouldn’t be doing it justice. However, I have to write about it while it’s still fresh on my mind. This calls for a “by the numbers” post, and I figure that one of those has been due for a while anyway.
This trip was so incredibly special and fun, and it was so wonderful to not only take full advantage of a “five-nights-alone-time-in-the-Caribbean” honeymoon, but to celebrate the wedding of two of our dearest friends – Chris and Jenny Michael. There was a lot to experience about the Dominican culture (and mosquito farms), a lot of laughing with our friends, and of course, a few minor injuries for me to incur. As they say in the D.R., it was muy bien.
In no particular order:
451: Photos I took while on the trip.
240: Photos that I actually kept and am working on editing.
5: Nights we stayed here.
4: Nights we stayed here, and also where the Michael nuptials took place.
23: Mosquito bites that I acquired on the arch of my left foot alone.
89: A rough estimate of how many mosquito bites that were elsewhere on my body – legs, feet, arms, back, and even my neck. Apparently, I am a mosquito magnet.
2: Injuries that occurred – one was an accidental collision with Brian’s forehead and the bridge of my nose which bruised and luckily didn’t break, and ripping a large gash in my right foot where my big toe meets the rest of my foot. Probably should’ve had stitches, but I had little faith in the medical system there.
175: Emails I returned to once I opened my computer today.
2: Insanely relaxing massages I had over the 10 day vacation.
2: Massages that I definitely needed.
18: Presidente Lights (Dominican beer that was DELICIOUS) Brian and I consumed the 2nd day of our trip by the pool.
3: Bottles of wine Brian and I proceeded to drink the rest of that evening.
4: Days that went by before I touched wine again. But when I did, it was so nice to be reunited.
1: Full bottle of sunscreen we went through.
2: Full bottles of bug spray we went through, but those Domincan mosquitoes are mutants, and are immune to bug spray. Those bastards.
30: Minutes I snorkled without a life vest on the booze cruise. I was exhausted but it was awesome!
60: Minutes we rode horses on the beach, courtesy of the Zoetry.
60: Minutes we all felt really terrible for riding these poor horses that were skin and bones. Brian’s actually laid down prior to starting the ride. Not a good sign…
1/4: Miles that we rode the horses on the actual road, which was terrifying.
3: Pairs of sunglasses I took on the trip and didn’t lose!
28: Times I heard the phrase coined by Dan Bettlach, “thanks for shopping”.
1: Set of bridal makeup that I applied. I must say – it did look really beautiful on the bride.
3: Days that it rained the majority of the day. Good thing we brought some dvd’s to snuggle in and watch as the tropical rain poured.
1: Couple we encountered on the plane to the D.R. that wanted to talk to EVERYONE on the plane. I’m not a plane-talker.
2: Books I finished during the trip.
6: Benadryls I’ve taken since we got home Sunday night (two hours later than we had hoped due to a weather diversion on our flight). The itching won’t subside! I look like I have chicken pox.
2: Times we had to move rooms due to air conditioning issues. Which was a bummer, but at both places we were content with the new digs. One of which had a private plunge pool. Who’s that hurtin’?
3: Times I cried during the trip – once during the father/daughter dance (it gets me every time), once when I ripped my foot open, and once back at the hotel room in continuation of dealing with my foot. All legitimate reasons, mainly.
3: People that came away from the wedding reception with foot injuries, the worst being a broken foot. We were a hot, sweaty, mess.
1: Entire (nearly) wedding party (with guests) that jumped in the pool post-reception, including the bride. And it felt AWESOME because we were all sweating bullets.
2,832: Amazing memories of this trip that I will have as long as my brain allows. Thank you to Chris and Jenny for hosting us. We wish you the most happiness and love your hearts can handle.
1: More reception for the newest newlyweds I know that will take place at…..drumroll…..MCGURKS! Can’t wait, friends!
My favorite pictures to come..