Thoughts on Travel

So, we all love to go on vacation!

But sometimes getting there isn’t fun or easy!

Here are some things I encountered this trip.  Some are funny and some just made me shake my head.

My flight out of Boston left at 7am.  I got an email a few days before from JetBlue letting me know to be there two hours early, because it would be a busy morning.  I always get there more than two hours early anyway!

That Saturday morning there were about 500 people in line that already had their boarding passes and just had to do the ‘luggage drop’ and there were about 15 people in line waiting to check-in.  Hmmmmmmmmmm!   Which line did I get in?!!?  That’s right the one with 15 people.  Crazy!

Since I had extra leg room, JetBlue offers ‘even more speed’ through security.  When I got to the security line there weren’t many people there, and i flew right through!

BUT, then it was 545am and Boarding wasn’t for another hour.  LOL!

The flight was excellent.  Free wifi!  Thanks JetBlue!  Loved the extra legroom too.

I shared my row with a man and woman that were vacationing together.  They were very nice and funny!  They were supposed to be in the same row with me on the way home……….but the man never showed up for the flight.  I asked the woman if she had a good vacation and she said she hadn’t seen her friend since Tuesday.  OMG WHAT???  She left him there??!  WTH!  Turns out that he was partying more than she was used to and she asked him to get his own room.  YIKES!

Going through customs in Jamaica this time was so GOOD!  Last year it took more than an hour to get through the airport and customs.  Not so this year.  There is a ramp where usually there is a huge crowd.  This year I was able to fly right through!  Thank you!!!!!

Leaving Jamaica was very easy too!  The past two years there were huge lines going through security.  This year they were so organized and it was painless!!  I had time to spare at the gate before my flight!

UNTIL…..boarding the flight, I was selected for additional security check.  What does that mean??????  It means that while I should’ve been one of the first people on the plane because I was in the third row, I was almost last.

Additional security means, I was stopped from boarding with about four other people.  An agent went through EVERYTHING in my carryon bag.  She went through everything in my tote.  Opened my wallet and even unzipped a section in my wallet too.  WHAT???!!!!  Then I had to take off my shoes again and she inspected them.  Finally they allowed me to board the flight.  I was horror struck!  LOL!

Coming back into Boston…..so now there are automatic machines where you answer some questions, scan your passport and get a photo receipt to turn into the customs agent.  No problem right?!  Wrong.  Too many people, not enough machines.

Then the customs agent asked me how much money I was bringing back.  I said “less that I brought with me, under $800”  WELL, that didn’t go over well.  He asked me for the exact amount.  WHAT????   I left the airport shaking my head.

Love vacation!

Don’t always love getting there or getting back!

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Loved My Third Visit To Riu Palace Jamaica (Montego Bay!)

I LOVED my third visit to Montego Bay!!!

One week doesn’t feel long enough!

So many of the British guests I met were there for TWO weeks.  That is a dream.  But, I do need to add some days to my stay!!

Everything was excellent this stay.

Going through Jamaican customs at the airport upon arrival was very quick.  Leaving was more organized too!

The Riu Palace Jamaica is an awesome property.  It is clean, pretty and has lots of space to spread out.

The staff.  Oh the people that work there are wonderful.  Always quick with a smile and a hello!!

A few times I felt bad that someone remembered me, but I didn’t remember them.  Next year I will be better!!

The private transfer back and forth to the airport was perfect too!

Riu Reggae is being built next door.  They were working on it twelve hours a day, seven days a week.  It looks huge!  My room wasn’t near the construction, so it didn’t bother me at all.  Some days I even sat at the new pool right next to the construction and still the noise wasn’t an issue.

Here’s the Riu Reggae in progress.

riu reggae in progress

riu reggae in progress

Then it was time to go home!

Until next time Montego Bay!!!  I hope to be able to return in 2017!!

flying out of montego bay

flying out of montego bay

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Palm Tree Views

It’s not a tropical vacation until there are palm trees!

palm tree beach

palm tree beach

There were several new palm trees planted since I visited last year.  Some looked like they needed more water, but most were perfect!

This view with the beach beds and hammocks!!  LOVE!

beach palms

beach palms

The reflection in the Chill Out Bar!

palm tree reflections

palm tree reflections

This is my favorite view.  Laying by the pool or beach and looking up!

Perfect!!!

looking up

looking up

LOVE!

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My Jamaican Friends!

I love the Riu Palace Jamaica.  It’s an awesome resort.

BUT, what makes it so awesome is the people that work there!!

They are the best people I have ever met on vacation!!!

Every day people said hello to me.  By NAME!

So many people remembered me from the past two years.  Some that I didn’t remember even.  (that made me feel a little bad, but during my week I tried to remember everyone by name!)

At breakfast and lunch every day Audley had a table ready for me with my breakfast drink of cranberry juice and ice water or my lunch drink of soda in my Dunkin Donuts cup!  He is such a kind soul and great person!!  It was so sad saying goodbye to him on my last day!

Audley and KEG

Audley and KEG

I hope to see him again next year.  But, if I don’t I know he will be there smiling and making everyone happy!

Another of my favorite people in Jamaica is Damion.  The first two years he was in charge of one of the specialty restaurants.  He made time to come into the buffet each night to check in on me!

This year he was overseeing all the specialty restaurants and the buffet.  Even though he was super busy he still made time to visit me!

damion and keg

damion and keg

I believe this resort should be run by someone from Jamaica.  Listening to Damion talk about the business and seeing him look after the guests I can tell he would be perfect for that job!  I told him that some year when I come back, I want him to be in charge!

I saved the best for last.  I love Natalie.  She turned 27 while I was there and I got to celebrate her Birthday!!!  She is so SWEET!!!!  She took care of me every night at dinner and made sure I was having a great time too!  I remembered to pack a Birthday card for her this year too!  We are friends on facebook, so we can always stay in touch!

Natalie and KEG

Natalie and KEG

Fingers crossed I get to visit my Jamaican friends in 2017!!

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Riu Palace Jamaica Towel Art

Each day of my stay the lovely ladies of housekeeping left me towel art!!!

cute towel art

cute towel art

This elephant was so cute!  She even has a tail !

towel art ellie the elephant

towel art ellie the elephant

I took this picture on my last day!  It’s all the towel art together.  (except the big purple flower they made out of my blanket.  The air conditioning worked so well, I needed to use the blanket!)

montego bay towel art

montego bay towel art

I loved the surprise each day of coming back to my room and seeing what they created for me!!!

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Riu Palace Montego Bay Drinks

The drinks at the Riu Palace Montego Bay were EXCELLENT!!!!

All the bartenders were friendly and fantastic!

My favorite drinks were strawberry daiquiris of course!  So slushy!  So good!

riu palace montego bay strawberry daiquiri

riu palace montego bay strawberry daiquiri

The Bob Marley.  So yummy!

riu palace jamaica bob marley

riu palace jamaica bob marley

Yes, I still bring my own dunkin donuts mug for ice water or soda

what are you drinking view

what are you drinking view

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Happy Birthday Mom!!

Happy Birthday Mom!

Love you!

mom and keg

mom and keg

happy birthday Mom

happy birthday Mom

 

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