|There was a mild snowstorm predicted for Sunday morning, so we gave ourselves a bit of extra time to make the long drive to the airport, leaving our house at 4am (I know, stop complaining). We ended up not having quite as much snow as we expected, so we had plenty of time to enjoy a big breakfast at the Macaroni Grill in the airport. Complete with crayons!|
Our resort was the Barcelo Puerto Vallarta: a beautiful, medium-sized property. It was a little bit off the beaten track of the city, surrounded by jungle and mountains. The vegetation was lush, the palm trees some of the tallest we'd ever seen and the pools were
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The view from our balcony at night.
Obligatory picture by the pool (never once got in past my knees!).
Massive palm tree, with mountains in the background.
Watermelon fruit carvings at breakfast.
Our room was very spacious: bedroom, bathroom, sitting room with sofa and table, and a separate living room with a sofa and two chairs. There was a view of the ocean, pools and gardens from our balcony.
While we spent the vast majority of our vacation poolside, me reading (for pleasure), the Hubby reading (about cardiology/Step 1), we still found plenty of time for fun and adventures, such as:
A massage by the ocean:
Exploring the beach, regardless of the fact that it was more gravel than sand:
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Houses in the mountains neighboring our resort.
Being careful not to let the waves get me - if I thought the pool was cold...
One of the many snorkeling boats, next to our future home ;)
Spear fisherman that we watched catch his dinner.
Feet + sand.
Sunset after dinner one evening.
Venturing into the city of Puerto Vallarta:
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On the boardwalk by the beach downtown.
Amazing sand sculpture, roughly seven feet tall and so intricately detailed!
Church in town: Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The local bus we rode into town for 7 pesos each (just over $1 for both of us, vs. a $15 taxi fare each direction!). We might have been frugal, but it was a somewhat terrifying, nauseating ride.
Wishing well sand sculpture.
Another adventure that was booked: a day of whale watching and snorkeling. However, due to my pansy stomach not being able to handle Mexico very well, we ended up having to cancel the excursion. After an entire night by the toilet, a visit to the resort doctor in the morning, four Mexican prescriptions, and a day of sleeping later, we were back to the fun! Saturday afternoon, while riding to the airport with three other couples, we discovered that half of each pair got sick during their stay....oh, Mexico!
I cannot tell you with any confidence at what time we arrived home...it was late Saturday night/early Sunday morning. Thanks to the time change, flying into a time zone different than the one we live in, and Springing Forward, I believe it was the equivalent of about 2am. We are so, SO glad we booked the trip. The first two days, we just kept saying how happy we were to be there - proof enough to us that we needed it. My main concern was the Hubby getting enough study time in during the trip - spring break is supposed to be a big Board Prep time. As expected, the Hubby didn't study quite as much as he would have had we stayed home, but he did study pool-side every day and while on the plane. He didn't feel more stressed coming home. I mean, I guess talk to us after boards for the true review, but right now, it was the best decision for us. The Hubby is just buckling down during these next few unseasonably warm days and pretending like he doesn't have a motorcycle to distract him from his books.
Even though it's back to real life, we're still dreaming of being here...