For those of you not on Facebook..surprise! I did in fact marry Guin last Wednesday in Barbados. It was by far the best trip I ever had…even if you discount the marriage bit. We had the whole idea planned out since November but a few details were finalized until a the middle of January for some items like the rings and dress arriving.
We left bright and early on Monday the 13th on a first class flight from DCA to Miami. Great flight with a wonderful breakfast. From there it was a four hour flight from Miami to Barbados. We ended up sitting next to another DC resident name Lynn who was headed down to the same exact Adults Only (Kids suck!) resort as we were. The Miami to Barbados flight wasn’t so bad. I read most of the way and had an overpriced cheese and crackers plate.
When we got to the airport we breezed through customs and outside was a man holding a “LUCARD” sign. The resort sent him (because I paid them to), which meant not having to deal with hailing a taxi, getting ripped off or lost. The man took us on a beautiful scenic route that let us see all of Barbados (literally). It was beautiful. We got to the resort with no problem, were welcomed by a friendly and wonderful staff and were led to our fourth floor oceanview penthouse room. The also gave us a fruit tray and a giant thing of rum. Oh my god. I could have spent the entire trip just looking out the window. It was that perfect. Instead we unpacked, look around the resort, hit the beach and had a nice little buffet dinner before going upstairs for Barbados sex. What?
Tuesday, we met with our Wedding Coordinator to finalize our dinner plans, then we met with the reverend/minister/padre/whatever and then it was off across the country to get our paperwork filed for the wedding. We came back to the hotel, enjoyed the pools and beach and then while Guin got her nails done, I strode done to the celebrity beach. The only celeb there was Mickey Rourke, but hey! He was friendly and I got to talk to him for fifteen minutes as we were both enjoying the plethora of crabs on the beach. After Guin got her nails done, it was more beachside relaxing and then some dinner.
Weds was more of the same. A nice morning of warmth, beautiful weather (a bit of rain) and tropical awesomeness. We even awoke to a large beautiful rainbow and this was the day Tweeters, my little bird friend (Which Guin called a Starling but appears to be a female Black Faced Grassquit)ate directly out of my hand. Such a sweet little bird. After that is was getting ready for the wedding. Guin wouldn’t let me see her get dressed at all, so I had to wait out in the Barbadian sun in leather pants and a long sleeved dress shirt. HOT. The wedding started at three and it was very lovely. The whole ceremony was taped by a video recorder I brought with and I’ll have to upload it at some point. It only lasted about a half hour or so, but the wedding cake was cute, guin adorded her purple and white bouquet of orchids and…daisies and I had to pretend to drink champagne (and a bunch of other booze that felloow resorters kept offering me). It was alovely ceremony and people from throughout the resort watched it (creeepy) and clapped when we were done. When we went back to our room there were a set of glasses on the bed along with a card and a heart made out of (fake) rose petals. We also had a special dinner made for us (I got rack of lamb and Guin got a seafood thing). It was a beautiful day across the board.
Thursday was just walking the beach, laying in the sand, swimming in the pool, lying by the pool and getting a 90 minute warm bamboo massage that Guin said was the best she ever had. We were going to do a cooking class but alas, that didn’t pan out because they were so late we would have missed the massage. We had a wonderful Barbadian dinner at a place called Enids that night.
All in all it was a wonderful vacation. We had great food, made some new friends, found a new animal to bond with and had a lovely time at a wonderful resort (Almond Beach Club) that I would recomment to everyone and that I know we’ll be going back to.
Coming home was fine. Pets missed us and we missed them. It was also great to sleep in our own bed and shower at home. But then Sunday through Tuesday we had neither water or heat at our place. I guess thing balanced out. Wonderful vacation but horrible homecoming.
In a few months we’ll have a reception for friends and family - probably down here in Shirlington in May.