Anyway, here's a lil essay on my 30th bday trip to Puerto Rico.
As always, HERE ARE THE PICTURES
Ben: Arrived Jan 8, Departed - Jan 18
Why did I upgrade to 1st class? A) I knew I'd be hungover, B) I saved the $50, over-weight fee on my luggage so it wasn't so bad C) There's nothing better than first class when your parents are in coach D) It's my freaking bday, I'm 30, and it's my money E) All of the above. Was this a stress free vacation? Nope! Was this a good vacation? Yes! Did I have a ton of fun w/my friends? Absolutely!
Mom & Dad: Arrived - Jan 8, Departed - Jan 16
They had, by a wide margin, the best vacation out of anyone. They went to the beach, they went to the pool, they went to the hot tub, they went gambling, they went hiking, they went to the rain forest, they went to the largest space radio satellite thingy, and they ate a good restaurants. Anyone could have done that stuff, but this is why they had the best time.
Something Fun They did: Their whole trip - They got to feel 30 years younger, hanging out with a bunch of 20 somethings (and a few 30 somethings).
Elana & Ariel: Arrived - Jan 8, Departed - Jan 15
Something Fun Ariel Did: He knows how to vacation. Donuts, Cake and Cap'n Crunch for breakfast. That's my kinda vacation. He also read Harry Potter 7 in 2 days.
Something Fun Elana Did: While this was a "trip" for some, this was definitely a vacation for Elana, having left her kids behind to freeze in MD or NY.
Daniella & Steiny: Arrived - Jan 8, Departed - Jan 11
Something Fun Daniella Did: Daniella hit the slide at the Marriott.
Something Fun Steiny Did: Steiny, gambled, drank, and blew up pool toys.
Rob & Katie: Arrived - Jan 9 (1am), Departed - Jan 10
Something Fun Rob Did: They showed up. Surprise! Not only did they surprise me by coming for a quick weekend getaway, but Rob surprised Katie too!
Something Fun Katie Did: She & Rob also went on a Segway tour of Old San Juan... inspiring our own desire to take a tour.
Carrie: Arrived - Jan 10, Departed - Jan 13
Something Fun Carrie Did: Carrie napped. I swear every time I saw her she was napping. At the pool, on the back porch, in the car after the rain forest. napppppping!
My DJ: Arrived - Jan 11, Departed - Jan 18
Something Fun My DJ Did: Let see... She swam in a freezing waterfall, she lost her shoe in a flash flood, she washed her legs in a bar's bathroom, she learned how to gamble, she dominated roulette, she got a tan in one morning's worth of sun.
Mike: Arrived - Jan 11, Departed - Jan 17 (3am)
Something Fun He Did: When we got caught in the flash flood, Mike took off on his own, showing up at the house 3 hours later. Apparently he made it to the bar where they invented Pina Coladas. We didin't believe him, but 3 days later he took us there again. I'm pretty sure Mike also funded at least 2 people's gambling habits.
JT(T): Arrived Jan 13, Departed Jan 18
Something Fun JT(T) Did: While most of us were watching the Jets game, and everyone was drinking, only one person actively participated in Truth or Dare, JT(T). The hurricane had lotsa fun wrapping him in a mummy costume, though Sharyn wouldn't allow him to melt an ice cube on her in a closet.
Adi & Jaimie: Arrived Jan 14 (1am), Departed Jan 18
Something Fun A&J Did: It was raining for the 3rd straight day, and they weren't gonna take it anymore. They made some phone calls and rented a cheap car for a day. What do you do when its raining? You head to the rain forest!
Sandals & Kim: Arrived: Jan 14 (2am), Departed Jan 19 (3am)
Something Fun S&K did: They rented a car too, but decided to go on a kayaking trip through a bioluminescent bay. Apparently, the microbes in the lake light up at night time when startled, making the lake glow as you glide across it.
Amy: Arrived - Jan 14, Departed - Jan 17
Something Fun Amy Did: She spent 2 hours (w/me, The Hurricane & My DJ), in the Marriott hot tub during a rainstorm. Then we watched someone being rescued from the ocean (ok, not really fun but interesting).
Steph & Laura: Arrived - Jan 14, Departed - Jan 18
Something Fun They Did: They hung out with my parents alot. What fun! (just kidding). Actually, they met some surfers and talked to them on the phone for almost the whole trip, finally realizing that a surfing tour of the south coast just wasn't gonna happen.
Sharyn: Arrived - Jan 14, Departed - Jan 18
Something Fun Sharyn Did: Sharyn picked a fight with a few people...trust me, she loves doing that... it's how she has fun.
The Hurricane: Arrived - Jan 15 (2am), Departed - Jan 18 (3am)
Something Fun The Hurricane Did: When is she not doing something fun? (oh yea, she delayed her flight by a day because of WORK). She danced the night away in the middle of a 50 person circle at the San Sebastian Festival.
Rob: Arrived - Jan 15, Departed - Jan 18
Something Fun Rob Did: Rob showed up! He missed 7 of 8 of our volleyball matches last year, but somehow, he didn't miss his flight. I didn't think he was coming until he actually showed up.
Robbie & Evan: Arrived - Jan 16 (1am), Departed - Jan 19
Something Fun Robbie Did: Besides joining The Hurricane for a dance at San Seb, Robbie organized Saturday night dinner. Cheap and really good. I'm pretty sure he made the rain go away.
Something Fun Evan Did: Evan won a drinking contest with the DJ, he & Robbie got me a hat that says "I like SWAT (Sexy Woman Any Time)"
For a little taste of San Seb '10, here's a video:
Here's the review I posted online after our stay "I just spent 10 days in Marble Villa with a total of 25 of my closest family and friends. Marble Villa has 4 beautiful apartments that can hold between 2 and 6 people each. We rented all 4 apartments for the week and had family and friends coming in and out during our time there. We maxed out at 16 people for 4 of the days, and had no problem sleeping everyone comfortably. The house is well kept, the kitchen is huge, as is the fridge, and there is plenty of dining space. The common area had its own central air system while each bedroom had its own air conditioners. Additionally, the house and rooms were cleaned daily. The pool area is very nice and well kept, with a little waterfall in the pool. The garden behind the pool is very large, and has plenty of chairs as well. As for location, the house is right off the highway, and thus easily accessible from the airport. Being that we had people coming in and out, 9 of the 10 days someone was landing or taking off, and all the cabs found the house relatively easily. The house is a 5 minute walk from the beach, 2 hotel/casinos (Marriott/La Concha) and about 10 really nice restaurants on Ashford. While the pool was nice, we usually walked the 5 minutes to the beach, where chairs were purchased for only $3 for the day! Getting to old San Juan was a breeze, as we either called a cab or walked the 4 minutes to the hotels where a cab would take us for $3-$4 per person. Taxi's seemed easily available even though it was a holiday weekend. Additionally, if you want to rent a car, you can do so at the airport, or at the 2 places to rent in town. If you're looking for a rainforest excursion, or other excursion, and would rather a tour, just walk to the nearest hotel. "
You can text ChaCha anything, and for free, someone will try to answer it. They send an advertisement text along as well, so that's how they make money. By the end of this trip, I recieved a text from ChaCha stating that I'd used up my rights to the service, and would need to wait to use it again. Not that we were obsessed, but whenever we needed anything we'd ChaCha - "Send me some trivia" or "Why do Subway restaurants smell?". And we always got answers "What division of the military had only 5 members at the beginning of WWI (Air force)" - "They stink! Quiznos is better. Would you like the address of the nearest Quiznos?" I can't wait to chacha again.
Harry Potter unMagic:
On January 1, Ariel asked if I could bring Harry Potter 7 (HP7) to Puerto Rico.
On January 2, I search my apt, and my DJ searched hers for it. It was in Westchester, so if need be, he'd get it on Monday when she arrived.
On January 6, I asked friends who would be at my party on the 7th, if they had a copy. If they did, then they could bring it to the party (including Randi, who didn't have one) so that I could bring it to PR on the 8th.
On January 7th, Randi & Catrina purchased a copy of HP7, and gave it to me to bring to PR. Now I own 2 copies.
On January 8th, I left that copy of HP7 behind b/c I was too hungover to remember to pack it.
On January 10th, my DJ brought Ariel the other copy of HP7, from Westchester.
On January 12th, Ariel finished it.
On January 19th, my DJ and I had an arguement b/c she wanted me to keep both, and she'd buy another for herself.
I feel like a Harper's Magazine:
13 - Different places Happy Birthday was sung to me over and 18 day span.
3 - Times I wished for this version of Happy Birthday to be the last.
3 - Times that wish didn't come through - Though I suppose this is kinda like wishing for less wishes, and thus, illegal.
4 - Cakes that were made/purchased for my birthday.
25 - People who came on the trip, including myself.
2 - People who canceled their trips 2 days before hand, within 15 minutes of eachother.
0 - Days in which no one in our group was at the airport.
3 - Average inches of rainfall for San Juan in January.
8 - Inches of rainfaill from Wednesday through Saturday.
15 - Inches of water we had to walk through in Old San Juan.
2 - People who's sandals fell off and started drifting away.
40 - Age I'll be the next time I celebrate my own birthday.
25 - Twenty something aged girls on my flight home, likely heading back to college the next day.
Half - Twenty something girls on my flight that were wearing leggings.
7 - Dirty/Awkward/Snickering looks due to my wearing a t-shirt stating "leggings are not pants."
Non Trip Related:
0 - Average number of strangers that talk to me on the Subway, monthly. (sneezing related incidents excluded)
22 - Average number of strangers that talk to my DJ on the Subway, monthly. (every business day)
I Think I think I thought:
I think that visors don't work well with long hair. It just sticks straight up, or down.
I think its amazing there was a Robbie, Rob, and Rob (John) on the trip. Amazing.
I think I have a fear of giving money to someone, and that person telling me they aren't homeless.
I think I forgot Sunglasses, Cue Tips, and HP7. Good thing my DJ came later w/those things!
I think I brought 3 books with me, and read 50 pages in total.
I think, when we were walking around in groups of 10+ people (sometimes 15), it felt a bit like freshman year of college.
I think I found a shirt in my suitcase that I hadn't seen since Israel, the last time I used it.