But there are more pressing matters than explaining the menu past and who all celebrated with who - what is important this morning is the passing of more awesome pictures and experiences from our trip to the Dominican Republic!
So, I should tell you a bit about where we stayed and how we found this paradise. We stayed at a resort called Melia Caribe Tropical in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. It was on the eastern shore of the island, surrounded by about a million other resorts, but you couldn't see them, unless you were on the beach. Mom and I found the resort together - she got an email from Costco Travel - and I poked around the site for many hours comparing days, locations and cost. The D.R. was the most appealing choice - outside the US, but not toooo far away, it was on the beach, all inclusive - including alcohol - AND the trip would be cheap if we went at the tail end of hurricane season!
This is the reception area while we were waiting for dinner.
I couldn't believe how beautiful the grounds were! We even had the chance to compare our resort to 5 others one day, and Melia was by far the prettiest, with the least amount of construction going on. They had peacocks all over, and flamingos and even this entire area of untouched mangrove swamps!
The pool bar was our favorite spot to hang out. We had some of the coolest bartenders - the same 4 guys rotating shifts the whole time we were there. After just one time going, they knew us, our drinks and that we liked to ask questions about them. Carmelo was my favorite - he was sweet and totally shy - a good bartender who took damn good care of our party. One day, one of the guys started taking pictures of us, then had us go around to the back of the bar! Even had Chad open the beer tap and drink straight out of it! Freaking hilarious! Ohhh and the Mama Juana.... JUST ONE MORE!! A LITTLE ONE! my mom's favorite exclamation! Hahahha
Ok, more to come later!