Puerto Rico: Day One

Monday, April 4, 2011

It's 3:30 p.m. on a Monday. Normally I'd be excited that my work day was coming to an end. Today I'm excited because it's already been such a full day in gorgeous Puerto Rico -- and it's only Monday -- and it's only 3:30 p.m!

"Full day" means different things to different people. To me, it means that my day started at 7:30 a.m., when my body naturally woke up. I wish that was because I'm a morning person. No, it's because I had a very full night's sleep -- I drifted off somewhere around 8 p.m. on Sunday night! But it was a good decision. I was exhausted from a day of traveling, and to feel so well rested so early on our first day here was outstanding.

Today has basically been a beach day. I've posted several pictures on facebook, including this one, but it makes me happy:

It's lovely here. Several things have annoyed me so far about "resort life" (mainly the expense of it!), but it really is beautiful. The weather is perfect. The resort is huge. People are, for the most part, really friendly. All the things you hope for in a beach vacation.

I think the thing I've been reflecting on so far is that vacations really are necessary to good health -- mental, emotional, and physical. I hate to spend money -- and I know my husband will laugh at that statement. {Vacation... new camera... iPad... I've been spending a lot of it lately!} But really, I do. I'd much rather save it. Even though I've planned and saved for the "big things" I've purchased lately, I still feel slightly irresponsible somehow. But being here has been so very good, and I don't regret the money I spent (ok, except I kind of do regret that I spent $2.45 on a CAN of diet coke today!!). I feel so relaxed. My body is soaking in the warmth of the sun, the softness of the feather pillow my head is on, the beauty of the landscape, and the freedom of having nothing at all to do.

Vacations aren't reality, but they help us recover from reality... to relax and rest, at least for a few days. And I think that's good.

What's next: we're going to try to rent a car for two days and get out from the iron thumb of the resort. {I've never wanted to go to Walgreens more in my LIFE. Finding a 6-pack of diet pepsi for less than I make in an hour would be outstanding!} Steph wants to snorkel, and we want to shop in Old San Juan and see a local rainforest. Going on excursions through the resort is double the cost of renting a car for a day. Neither of us have rented a car before and confess to being slightly nervous about the whole thing... here's to hoping it works out as we plan!

What's next for you: Start planning for a vacation of your own! It's worth it!


Rebekah said...

We rented a car when we were there too so that we could venture out a bit! Be careful- the drivers there are CRAZY! They will pull off to the side anywhere for no apparent reason. James drove the whole time because he doesn't get so stressed out by other people like i do:) Oh, and depending on where you are coming from and going to- there are toll roads so you will want change! Have SO much fun and get a tan for me:) I am SO jealous!

Chelsy said...

oh!!!! im so jealous!!!

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