style would be a word. not the right word. but a word. comfort would be another word…..not sure that one fits either. although vacation started off great, and it was a vacation, so i’m grateful, well, here’s the story….
everyone should experience just once the following scenario:
i have a 5am flight heading to one airport before boarding for my final destination. i am (slightly) awake and i am one the plane. i am dreaming of coffee. nay, salivating thinking about it. i land after roughly an hour. i grab my things and am off. first to find coffee, second to find where my best friend will land. i am walking down what seems like an endless concourse to where i know there is a starbucks. i am half awake on the moving, walking belt thingy (technical term to be sure) and suddenly someone says rather urgently, “here, take this” and thrusts hot, steaming coffee in my hand. starbucks no less. i look up- it is my best friend standing on the moving, walking belt thingy headed in the other direction….. before i go any further is there any need to clarify now why she is one of my best friends?!
meanwhile, the half asleep guy in front of me looks startled and alarmed at this odd interaction…and a bit envious. i smile while sipping my coffee. i feel like looking at him and saying, “do you think this counts as accepting packages from unknown sources?” however, i am still waking up and so i just smile at his bewildered look and wait for my friend at the end of the walkway. great start right?! it gets even better….and then it gets a little ‘ehhh’…. but again, its a vacation so i am happy to have had one!
we fly into miami. its hot but amazing. grab a convertible and head to our hotel. i got a good deal on our hotel and since it is new, swanky, and on south beach i’m pretty excited. we arrive. the hotel is wonderful. beautifully done, comfortable, attentive (bordering on a little obnoxious), and fun. we are only there for a day so it is time to change quickly, grab food, and head to the pool. the food was amazing. the ceviche was easily the best i’ve ever had. the pool had comfortable lounge chairs and big, soft towels. kinda perfect. fast forward to dinner- a great meal. tapas plates with a bottle of wine and some after dinner cocktails. upstairs to fall instantly asleep in a comfy bed.
the next leg of our vacation was a mini cruise. 3 days, 2 ports of call, 1 tiny little room. suffice to say after our miami hotel the little cabin was a slight adjustment. the ac was broken the first night in our cabin, at 4am they started dropping what sounded like kegs on our ceiling, and by 7am we gave up and got up. the rest of the cruise was fairly uneventful. saw a pretty good comedian and spent days lounging in the sun or spelunking in underwater caves. there were a few dramatic differences between this cruise and the last cruise, six years ago, that the same best friend and i had taken. they are as follows:
1. we not only knew that there was a gym on the ship and where it was- but we even used it.
2. our bedtime went from midnight (or later) to 10pm (or earlier)!
3. we had previously ordered drinks nonstop from any steward walking by….drink of the day, pina colada, margaritas, etc. we now ordered drinks nonstop from any steward walking by…..sparkling water please and lots of it, keep it coming.
4. we barely ate. may have been the only two who lost weight on the cruise. the food was definitely lacking to two foodies.
but all in all it was a great trip. i missed my husband and son like crazy and while it was wonderful and needed to catch up with one of my best friends- i am so happy to be headed back to germany. i love girls weekend. its a yearly thing and has been for six years now. and we have done everything from camping to cruising to lounging. i adore the time we get to spend together and reconnect and take a small break from busy lives, hectic schedules, and the demands of life- and am lucky to get to do so with someone who i have known so long, respect so much, and enjoy her friendship/company so much. and as always i look forward to the next one. but for now i am on a plane and heading back to my wonderful husband and son, and my real life adventure begins again….and i’ve never been so excited…