Sunday, January 23, 2011

Good bye Punta Cana

We came, we saw, we conquered....

... and yes faced with an unending supply of intriguing foodstuffs my resolve went out the window and I indulged.
The scales are up the tummy is bloated but the clothes aren't tight. Go figure that? I was probably a day away from total disaster, we came home just in time. A week back on my normal lifestyle and I will be O.K.
The weather was postcard perfect. Sun, the odd puffy cloud, temperature that never went below 30 C during the day and cooled of to 20C in the evening. No cooking, cleaning, no problem. I swam, read, played in the sea and have come home sporting a toasty tan. I never even got a sun burn!  A good time was had by all. Two weeks was perfect and hopefully we will do it again next year in another locale. We will have to start saving our pennies now!
Flying into Toronto and hearing the temperature was -15C was enough for us to want to hide on the plane and sneak back to the island ... lol
I missed having peaches on my cereal, 2% milk, Canadian coffee. It was a small price to pay for 2 weeks of respite from the cold.
last day on the beach
view from the balcony
very clean resort....I wondered how they kept that dust free
view from my lounge, was it really 2 days ago?
beach shopping
the "Travelling Bug" has one last cervesa at the airport

oh poo, time to go home

Monday, January 03, 2011

We are at the serious countdown...

Absolutely everyone I talk to, including myself, is hacking coughing and sneezing. We survived the holidays only to herald January with an infestation of the common cold. Too much over indulgence - raise your hand with me if you are guilty - and a deluge of icy rain, "Voila."  While I feel a little crappy I have decided that nothing will keep me from that plane on Saturday morning. If I have to drag my body across the tarmac by my bloody fingernails... OK, OK, I over exaggerate but you get the idea.
Today marks 5 more sleeps before we leave. If you want me to be completely accurate it is really 4 sleeps and a nap because we leave London at 1:00 AM Saturday morning to go to Toronto to catch the plane.
a teaser
I have downloaded books and magazines (and paid for same, after having a talk with my daughter about the morality of pirating literature off the web, bastards steal her books, Hurrumpf) onto my e Reader and the ipod is loaded with cd's and podcasts. Sunscreen, after sun, deodorant and hand sanitizer have been purchased. Paper has been cancelled and the mail is being held. So I guess once I do the laundry and pack we are "outtahere." By the time I pack the battery charger, batteries, assorted cables, digital camera, e reader, and ipod I will be lucky to have enough room for Carl has to worry about the computer plus "accoutrement." to the laundry room