Ten on Tuesday - Vacations

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ten on Tuesday is a weekly prompt at Roots and Rings. This week's theme is vacations.

1. What is your dream vacation?
Just one?! For as long as I can remember I've wanted to go to Hawaii. I think spending a couple weeks on the beach, learning to surf, going swimming and snorkeling and eating amazing food would be perfect.

That said, I would consider any all-expenses-paid trip with a comfortable bed, good food, sunshine, and a spa a dream vacation.
2. What has been your favorite trip so far in your life?
Our honeymoon was pretty hard to beat. We went to Paris the day after our wedding for a week. If you think about what a Paris honeymoon would be like, that's exactly how it was. It's the most romantic city in the world and it was the perfect place to unwind from all the wedding stress and be giant cheeseballs. We were pretty much acting like Lady and the Tramp eating spaghetti for the entire week. Like there were cartoon bluebirds twittering around our shoulders. It was ridiculous.

3. If you and one of your best friends could go anywhere in the world for one week, where would it be and why?
That's hard too. We'd need to have someone pick for us otherwise we'd just hem and haw.
4. Have you ever booked a trip using an online deal? How did it go?
All the time...I've used Expedia and Hotwire and both worked well for me. I'm a cheapskate and hate paying full price for everything, including travel!

5. What’s your favorite thing to do while you’re on vacation?
Walk around, look at things, eat, and drink.

6. Have you ever missed an opportunity to take a trip that you regret?
Nope - if I have the chance to go somewhere, I'm there. 

7. You travel far away from home and get stranded with no way to buy anything, what’s the one thing you can’t live without?
A good pillow.
8. What’s one of your favorite traveling memories?
Our first night in Paris we went to a cafe and drank tons of wine and ate olives and piping hot nuts (TWSS). It was a really small cafe in a not-so-touristy area and everybody there was local. It was a great introduction to Parisian culture and it was so nice to feel so far from home and doing something we wouldn't normally do...I mean, we drink wine and eat nuts all the time, but it FELT really different. In Canada people just don't go to a bar on a Sunday night to hang out with your friends, have a sensible half-litre of wine and eat olives and be reasonable human beings. You go to a bar on a Sunday night, eat a plate of nachos the size of a UFO, drink eight pitchers of beer, barf all over the table and punch a stranger and then apologize profusely.

9. All included resort or backpacking? Why?
I cannot do backpacking. I just can't deal with it. All-inclusive resorts are the best way to relax - you literally do not have to expend one single brain cell or lift a finger after you get checked in. You just need to say "Cerveza por favor" and remember to put sunblock on. Backpacking equals getting lost, sweating a bunch and having to carry all your shit around like a pack mule. NO. 

10. Are you more of a lie on the beach kind of person on vacation, or do you prefer to see the sights?
I've done both and both have their perks! There's nothing like a lay-on-the-beach vacation at the end of the winter, but shorter, more action packed trips are fun. The problem with those whirlwind trips is it's easy to cock up the whole thing. Last year we went to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon for three days, which would have been perfect except I got my ass kicked in Vegas with the booziest mojitos I've ever tasted by 3:00 p.m. on our first day there and had to go sleep off a sick drunk for the rest of the day. Then I was tired and felt crappy and not at all debaucherous, so I definitely didn't get the whole Vegas experience.

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  1. I hate to burst your bubble, but the food in Hawaii is not amazing. Haha! The fish is good, most places, but the overall quality was just meh (at least in Kauai wherewent in May). But don't let that stop you... it's STILL amazing!!! Next time we go back we'll probably go to Oahu or Maui. More touristy & crowded, but less rain. :)

  2. For some reason, I just imagined the food there was great - probably from the movies or something. Yet when I think about "Hawaiian food" I can only think of pineapples and roasted pig :)