Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Spring Break! 
My few loyal readers may remember my short-lived excitment back in December when it appeared we were going to Barbados for Spring Break. Unfortunately, that fell through, and so we started planning a trip with several other couples for somewhere in the Caribbean. Apparently the travel industry has fully recovered, because flights to just about every destination were running over $500pp, and we had slim pickings. We finally managed to find a couple of good options, one in Puerto Rico and another in the Dominican Republic. However, we couldn't all come to an agreement on an acceptable cost, length of stay, etc., so that too fell through.

Just now, and I mean minutes ago, Jie and I finally nailed down our Spring Break plans. During my research I became enamored with Vieques, a small island off of Puerto Rico that used to be the site of Naval weapons testing. That ended several years ago, but the island is still relatively un-touristy and very relaxed. There is only one sizable resort on the island, a Wyndham, along with many small hotels, hostels, and B&B's. Jie and I will be staying 6 nights at a B&B over Spring Break, which sounds incredibly relaxing and the perfect remedy to the Boston winter. This will be a pretty pricey trip, but it's the first real vacation that we've taken on our own since our 4 nights in Hawaii as part of our honeymoon two years ago.

Just as everything was falling into place we hit a bump in the road that has been typical of the vacation planning process. Literally as we went to book the airfare American raised the prices and we ended up paying $100 more than we thought we would. Ah well, I know it will be worth it after two more months of winter. Did I mention it's 19 degrees today in Boston?

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