Obviously, everyone knows that we went on vacation earlier this month. We’ve talked about it nonstop and even wrote a review of the hotel we stayed in. In case you forgot, we did our first “all-inclusive vacation” at the Majestic Colonial Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Blah, blah, blah. We know you’re all sick of hearing about it. However, we wanted to share a few of the cooler stories from our trip.
Our Parasailing Adventure
First of all, we went parasailing. It was absolutely terrifying! We rode a small powered boat out into the water, and the waves were cresting at about 5 feet high. Then we climbed from one moving boat onto another in order to get to the boat with the parasail. It was terribly unsafe, and I thought we were going to get seriously injured the entire time. On the other hand, it was awesome! The view was unbelievable and it was definitely worth it.
Flights Canceled? How About Another Adventure?!?
Our second adventure took place after our flight got cancelled from Newark, New Jersey, to Indianapolis. We were supposed to leave at 8:10 p.m. but couldn’t fly out until the next afternoon due to high winds. At first, we were slightly annoyed. Then, we quickly realized that New York City was just a 30-minute bus ride away. Unfortunately, we had no way to book at hotel or do any research ahead of time. We had our laptop with us, but we couldn’t get anywhere with Wi-Fi. Greg looked up at few New York City hotels on his phone but it was extremely hard to do with an android and a low battery. Since we had few options, we just decided to wing it. With our luggage in tow, we hopped on a bus from the airport and went straight to Times Square.
So, there we were in Times Square with three suitcases, and a lap top bag. Did I mention that it was 18 degrees Fahrenheit…and the winds were gusting at 50 mph? The awesome part about that is that we had no coats, gloves, or hats. We hadn’t brought anything warm to wear! We had no reason to since the weather in Punta Cana was in the mid-80′s.
We walked around for a while…looking for a place to stay the night. Luckily, we found a hotel with a an open room on our second try. For $117, we stayed in the craziest hotel room I’ve ever stayed in. It was on the 19th floor, about the size of the bed that was in it, and had a TV with no remote. Still, it was at least a place to stay, AND Times Square was directly outside of our window!!!
Since we didn’t have any warm clothes, we layered up. I layered two pairs of pajama pants, three t-shirts, a sweatshirt, and a light jacket. Greg layered up 4 t-shirts and had a hoodie sweatshirt. We looked bitchin’.
We headed out onto the street and did some shopping. I had a $24 grilled cheese sandwich in Times Square. It definitely wasn’t a frugal dinner, but it was absolutely delicious. Don’t worry…we are still as cheap as ever. However, we were cold and starving and didn’t have time to price shop for dinner! I also bought the ugliest hat known to mankind for $5. Check it out!
The next morning, we got out in the same clothing and did some more touristy stuff. Luckily, we blended in splendidly with all of the bums. We went to Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Carnegie Hall, and the Ed Sullivan Theatre. We walked around Times Square some more and ate the most delicious vegetarian fast food I’ve ever had in my life.
We had an awesome time and made it to the airport in time for our 5:00 flight. It was definitely a fun adventure, and we tried to make the most of our opportunity. Thankfully, I got to do it all with my partner in crime, the love of my life, Greg!!!!! It was a vacation that I will never forget.