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Monday, August 7th, 2006

The Tuesday after the wedding Rachelle and I left for our honeymoon in the Dominican Republic. We stayed at the Melia Caribe Tripical resort in Punta Cana for 7 days. It was a pretty good time!

Flying is not on my list of things I like to do. The biggest problem I have is wedging myself into those small seats. I'm too cheap to pay for first class, but we discovered the joys of the exit row on this trip. Exit row seats actually have more leg room than first class seats. It made the 5 hour plane ride totally bearable.

When we got there I was a little surprised at the airport. It looked like it belonged on Gilligan's Island; totally open, palm leaf roof and security probably never even considered. We had to walk down the tarmac past a bunch of other planes to get into the actual airport. Transportation from the airport to the resort was included in our package, so there was a car waiting for us when we go there. It took like 40 minutes to get there because this guy had to drop off another couple at a different resort. It was scary, people there drive like maniacs. There are entire 4 person families riding around on mopeds and motorcycles (with no helmets) while buses and trucks are flying around them, no lines on the roads and everyone tailgates like it's the latest fashion.

Once we arrived at the resort we tried to get them to upgrade us to Royal Service (RS) for free because it was our honeymoon. They weren't playing ball. So we ended up paying for the upgrades ($70 a night per person more) and it was well worth the price. Once they charged my credit card they took us from the check-in desk out in the heat into the RS private check-in area. It was air conditioned and they gave us mimosas and chilled washcloths to cool down with. Being in RS also afforded us all sorts of cool stuff that the regular guests don't get. We got a private pool and restaurant, free internet access in the VIP lounge instead of $5 per 20 minutes in the Business Center, our own private beach, shuttles basically anywhere you want to go if you're too lazy to walk, higher priority for reservations at all of the restaurants and all sorts of other stuff.

The room we got had a huge king-sized bed it, flat panel TV in the living room and a balcony that looked out over the pool. The bathroom was totally fucked up though. It was adjacent to the bedroom with only a movable wooden shade thing between them. It had a jacuzzi tub in it, which was nice and the stall with the toilet had a this little (see-though) glass door. Nothing says romance like dropping a major deuce 6 feet from the bed with a small clear glass door and little wooden shade between you.

I tried to spend as much time in the shade as possible during those 7 days. They had palapas around the RS pool but they were really hard to get into. I had to get up every morning at 6:30am to go down to the pool and throw our towels on one. Even at 6:30 almost all of them would be taken already. What was annoying was that half of them would stay empty all day long. People would throw their crap on one to reserve it in case they wanted to use it that day. Whenever we had one and we were leaving the pool to go to the beach or where ever, we'd take our stuff and let someone else use it.

I'm glad I went simply for the food I got to eat. All the resturants seemed to only have foo-foo items on the menus. The first night we were there I had lobster, a whole one. I'd never had it before, so I'm glad I did then. At the french restaurant the only hors d'oeuvre that sounded ok to me was Beef Carpaccio. Yeah, I had no idea that carpaccio means raw meat. It was kind of weird. The only other dish that I can remember was the Conch Bisque. There was other stuff, but it's been so long now I can't remember. Either way, I was dying for something like Wendy's or McDonald's by the time we got home. It was good to eat like that for a little while, but I'm not sure I could handle that for any length of time.

One of these days I'll put up a gallery of all the pictures we took (after I edit out my gut).

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#1 - Aug 8, 2006 at 5:39 AM
Hey your trip sounds like the one we did to Antigua back in 2000. The airport was small and you had to walk across the tarmac to get on the plane. Luggage was spread out in a large room on the floor. The driver that took us to our hotel drove like a maniac. The hotel room at least was ok, but no TV. We did get a rum drink at check in. The meals were less than par. The local fish gets flown out, so the fish available was meek at that. European women that were at the hotel went topless. I never expected to round the corner of the hotel and see that. At least we had a real bathroom with a door. The only thing good about the trip was a catamaran cruise we did. That was fun. We met another couple there that we kept in touch with for awhile. They actually had been going to the island every year for 18 yrs, so they knew their way around and had a car so they were able to show us the island we would have not seen otherwise. I can say I'm not in a hurry to go back. Give me Florida anyday.
#2 - Aug 9, 2006 at 1:11 PM
yar, pictures be here:

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