A while back my friend Meggan suggested that I start titling my travel blog posts ‘stranded in insert current travel location here‘. Some of you may not get the joke if you don’t realize that our last name is Strand. Get it? Strand-ed?
Well, little did I know that a title of that sort would be especially apropos for our latest trip.
But let’s start at the beginning of the story, shall we?
Last week Mr. Q and I were practicing ‘safe social media’. In other words, we went out of town but decided maybe it was smarter to not announce that to the entire world via things like my blog, Instagram and Facebook. I hope you guys will allow me a little subterfuge in this regard.
Anyway, we went to Punta Cana!
We really needed a relaxing vacation that didn’t involve expending a lot of energy. We’d debated just doing a stay-cation, but the reality is that I can’t just unwind at home. I’m always looking at all of the stuff that needs to be done and then I feel guilty not tackling it. I really have a hard time not picking up a paint brush when I have a few extra hours at home.
So we decided to book a week at the beach. I’d been told that Punta Cana has some of the most beautiful beaches, so we found a reasonably priced resort and booked a week long getaway.
The most energetic thing we did all week was get up just after sunrise each morning for a walk on the beach.
It was perfectly gorgeous.
Next we went to the coffee shop at our resort, conveniently named “Mike’s Coffee Shop” (Mr. Q’s name is Mike, in case you didn’t know) where we had pastries and fabulous coffee.
We managed all of this before 8 a.m. and practically had the entire place to ourselves at that hour. Our only daily companion for coffee was this guy …
He’d just stand there about 5′ away mostly motionless. I’m sure he was hoping for some scraps to be thrown his way.
I joked with Mr. Q that we were doing ‘rope drop’ at our resort. Any other Disney park fans out there? If so, you know all about rope drop. It’s getting to the park before it opens so that you’re there as soon as the rope drops to let people in. It’s one of the best ways to get on a few rides before the lines get too long and the crowds become unmanageable.
Well, FYI, it works at resorts on the beach too.
After breakfast we’d head for the beach where my view mostly looked like this …
and occasionally like this …
LOL, that’s looking straight up at the palapa that we sat under to protect our fair Minnesota skin from the blazing Dominican sunshine. We went through 4 cans of spray on sunscreen!
We’d periodically get up and go for a swim to cool off, or head to the bar for another drink, but mostly we just enjoyed some serious R&R.
The resort we stayed at, Ocean Blue & Sand, was pretty. The grounds were immaculately maintained. Our room was spacious and clean. But the main thing that stood out for me was the staff. Everyone we dealt with was so friendly and welcoming. Despite the fact that Mr. Q and I couldn’t really understand any of their Spanish beyond a few basic words and phrases, their smiling faces spoke volumes.
I have to be honest though, aside from those pastries at the coffee shop, the food was not great (it was all-inclusive) and for that reason we probably would not return to this particular resort. By the end of the trip our motto was ‘stick with the chicken’ because it was the only thing that was any good.
We’d certainly return to Punta Cana itself though!
I have to admit, seven days of relaxing was more than enough for both of us. By the last day we were ready to come home and get back into our normal routines. I was especially looking forward to getting some furniture painted over the remainder of the holiday weekend. But remember when I said ‘stranded in paradise’ was a good title for this blog post?
Well … yep, we got stranded.
Our return flight was supposed to leave at 5 pm on Saturday. We got to the airport by about 3 pm and made our way to our gate.
By the way, the airport in Punta Cana is really lovely.
That was a lucky thing since we ended up spending a fair amount of time there.
First we heard that our flight was delayed until 6:30 pm. Then we heard 8 pm. And then, it was rescheduled to 9 am on Sunday! I had visions of trying to sleep on uncomfortable airport benches.
But it was a Sun Country flight, and I have to say they did an amazing job of taking care of us. They loaded everyone onto a bus and put us all up at an all-inclusive resort for the night free of charge. The resort they just happened to choose? Ocean Blue & Sand! Ha, seriously, what are the chances? This was not a package vacation, we had booked our resort and flights separately and no one else on the plane had stayed at Ocean Blue so it was purely a coincidence. Off we went back to our resort for one more night!
Even though we were really looking forward to getting home, we can’t really complain about being stranded in paradise for one extra night.
In the morning Sun Country bused us all back to the airport and our flight actually took off a few minutes early. I guess when all of your passengers are arriving together it’s easy to make sure everyone is on board and ready to go on time!
So we returned home yesterday afternoon. I’m all rejuvenated and read to get to work on some more furniture projects.
Oh, but wait, I almost forgot. All of that extra time in the airport gave me a chance to stick with my travel giveaway tradition. For those who aren’t familiar, after each of my last several trips I’ve brought back some foreign decorating magazines to giveaway. This time I only found one, and comically enough it is seriously outdated which I didn’t notice until after I bought it. And of course, it’s in Spanish.
I’m going to throw in a few Prima Marketing products as well. I just happen to have a few extras.
Today’s prize includes: the Micasa magazine, a Ruby Rose transfer, a stencil brush (which also works great as a wax brush), 3 jars of chalk paste and 3 decor waxes.
The basic rules: to be eligible to win today’s prize leave a comment of any kind on this blog post. Your comment must be left on the blog, not on Facebook or Instagram. You are not required to follow my blog, although it would be awesome if you did!
Normally I make a point of answering every comment left on my blog. If someone takes the time to leave a comment, I like to acknowledge that. I usually only get 10 to 20 comments so it’s easy to fulfill that promise. But I suspect I’ll get a few more comments on this post so I’m going to warn you up front that I may not be able to answer each one, so I hope you guys will cut me some slack on that this week.
I will randomly draw the name of a winner for today’s prize from all of the comments left on this post by Friday, May 31, 2019 at the stroke of midnight (U.S. Central time).
The fine print: no purchase necessary, you must be 18 years of age or older to win, void where prohibited by law, the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning, approximate retail value of prize is $110, if the prize is not claimed by Sunday, June 2, another name will be drawn at random to win, blah, blah, blah.