When you think of honeymoons, what are the first things that come to mind? For us, it was an exotic location, bountiful food and drinks, sun, sand, snorkeling, swimming and other tropical adventures (get your mind out of the gutter…we’re talking about honeymoon locations here people!).
Our honeymoon included a version of these elements, but it wasn’t at all what we expected it to be. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, may I present to you the adventure that was our honeymoon.
We got a surprise upgrade to a junior presidential sweet. We felt like mini-ballas!
The first day was spent splashing in the ocean, soaking up the sun and acquiring quite impressive sunburns.
As official honeymooners, the hotel gave us a special package, including these hot-off-the runway t-shirts and a honeymooners cake. Chicken Face tried a couple bites and then we left for dinner. When we arrived home, Chicken Face noticed that a significant amount more of the cake had been eaten. I guess our housekeepers were hungry. Very strange.
Our first (and unfortunately only) excursion was a snorkeling expedition with sting rays and sharks. But disaster struck here: CHICKEN FACE LOST HIS WEDDING BAND in the coral reef of the Atlantic! Le sigh…
Then a new vacation guest joined us: IRENE!
So we spent two days cooped up eating and drinking as they didn’t allow anyone to hit the beach or lay poolside.
Time inside also included time at the casino (I can proudly say that we won a little bit of bank at the blackjack table).
One lovely evening, after a dinner, we returned home to find the housekeeper rummaging through my luggage! She claimed she saw a spider. I gave her a very rude, “Did you find what you were looking for?” and promptly reported her. After security came a got my statement, there was another knock at the door…it was the security again with the housekeeper asking if this was “the one.” AN IN-PERSON LINE-UP! WTF?! I was so shocked I muttered a meek, “I don’t know.”
On our last day, the sun finally started to show its guilty self, so we seized the opportunity to frolic along the beach before we had to head to the airport.
Despite a hurricane, losing his wedding band, shady housekeeping, weak food and drinks, Chicken Face and I still had an amazing time. It was just the two of us, together, laughing at the ridiculousness that was our honeymoon. We had every opportunity to let each of these “situations” completely destroy our honeymoon, but instead we laughed it up and made the most of it — I wouldn’t change a moment of it. Well, maybe a few moments…but hey, we now have a pretty awesome story and can say we survived a hurricane!
Now to get back on the running bandwagon…we have some work to do.
“It’s not what happens to you, but how you handle it.” – My Dad