while on our honeymoon, we were lucky enough to experience some wonderful things we could not do at home in LA.
one morning during our trip, i woke up quite early for no good reason and accidentally woke joe up as well. after capitalizing on the perfect moment to whisper into my new husband's ear, "psst! elsa! do you want to build a snowman?" not kidding, we went to the shore and watched the sunrise over the ocean. this is something we west-coasters cannot see, and it was a bucket-list item for joe. it was humbling.
one of my favorite parts of each day was eating breakfast at this cool café right on the beach, with the nice dominican waiters bring me unlimited coffee and all the fresh fruit you could ever wish for.
joe booked this honeymoon all on his own, smart guy. he made sure that we stayed in the adults-only section of resort called the level. there were no kiddos kicking us in the pool or screaming at the dinner table. 10/10 would recommend.
there were so many different restaurants at the resort that we were able to eat at a new place every night. surprisingly, the thai restaurant was our top fav. thai food in the dominican republic makes no sense, but this restaurant knew what they were doing.
and you better believe that we capitalized on the free drinks... turns out i'm terrible at tipsy-chess.
story time: joe and i spotted a waiter at lunch-time one day who played a tambora drum as he sang "happy birthday" to a guest. joe's percussionist brain immediately thought "how can i get one of those?" and, long story short, joe persuaded a local dominican man to buy him a drum from a local shop, a bus ride away, and he sent him off with $90 hoping that he would come back with a drum... sketchy business... but like joe always says, "when you live right, things happen right" because the man came back with not only a drum but $20 in change! now, remember that a tambora in america starts at $350+, so not only is this new drum incredibly authentic, but it was a fraction of the price. i have a very happy husband right now.
i snorkeled for the first time ever! i loved every minute of it and am so thankful that i had the opportunity to snorkel with my husband in the caribbean. we also had the opportunity to go to a natural pool, a large expanse of incredibly shallow water, maybe 3-4 feet deep, where a lot of boats from the surrounding resorts brought guests to have a good time. our tour guide gave us each a shot of some mysteriously sweet alcohol and we jumped in the water. surprisingly fun, but looking back on it now, surprisingly sketchy...
coming home from our honeymoon was bittersweet. leaving paradise to go back to real life is a weird feeling. even weirder is being excited to come home to happy family members and a home full of gifts. life is changing in the most beautiful way. now people are calling me mrs. martone and we joined our bank accounts. (people may have thought i wasn't marrying up by marrying a freelance musician, but i married into great credit, which is basically the same thing, come on now.) we are overwhelmingly happy as we savor these last couple of weeks before we go back to work and life goes back to normal. (at least joe's life will go back to normal. i've yet to find my normal as a new college grad.)
hope you enjoyed our honeymoon series! feel free to "like" (it's not attached to FB or any other site, it just tells me that people were interested :) or "comment" (i read them all and welcome every one.)
much love from the martones.