Wednesday, May 21, 2008

I'M BACK FROM MO'BAY







What's up fellow bloggers? I'm back from Jamaica, and wouldn't you know it's taken a turn for the cold in D.C.? Boo!

Any way, had a fab time in Jamaica for the wedding. Although, my mother and I had to make a good time because the Wyndam Rose Hall Resort and Country Club SUCKS! It's 4 stars and the reviews were good, but here's what they didn't put on tripadvior or expedia:




  1. The guestrooms are not carpeted. Instead they have white tile flooring which is constantly dirty despite housekeeping's efforts. It was disgusting.
  2. The hotel only has 3 restaurants. Two of the restaurants require reservations and are not open every day (i.e. when I went to make reservations on Thursday and on Sunday, one restaurant was closed for the day and the other was completely booked). The third restaurant is a buffet, and Traveldiva does not do buffet, especially one that reminds me of a high school cafeteria with the students being wet, scantily clad families coming in from the pool. So we ended up eating off the resort A LOT or surviving on chips and soda. HA.

  3. The ATM was out of service for two days.

  4. The cable t.v. stopped working right in the middle of the season finale of Desperate Housewives and did not come back on until the next day.

  5. THE RESORT IS INFESTED WITH DIRTY STRAY JAMAICAN CATS. I kid you not. My mom and I were lounging on an elevated beach area the first day we were there, determined to relax and enjoy the beauty of the ocean despite our disappointment in the hotel. I happened to turn my head and see a d*mn stray cat looking me dead in the eye. It would have been bad enough if that had been the only one. No, little Garfield had a gang of friends. And they came out on the resort property every evening, by the pool, by the ocean--h*ll cats were lounging under and around tables while people ate and listened to Calypso bands in the evening. I swear cats were laying down, relaxing in the eating area enjoying a little Bob Marley. A stray cat jumped down from a food tray right in front of my mother. There were even cats walking around our tables during the wedding reception and we were afraid one was going to pounce on a cake. Never in all my years of travel have I been to a resort infested with stray cats. I checked into a hotel, not a zoo. I made my complaints known to management and will be writing a scathing review on tripadvisor and expedia.

But on to the GOOD!










I went jet skiing in the middle of nowhere. I literally flew over the water--totally exhilarating.












The wedding was lovely. I led the line dancing at the wedding reception. I also swam, chilled at Margaritaville, hung out on the hip strip and drank more frozen drinks than I can actually count. Breakfast--I'll have a peach on the beach. Lunch - I'll take a Strawberry daquiri. Snack - Two pineapple mojitos por favor; Dinner - Need I even ask?









I went to the spa--80 minute deep tissue, pedi, mani. Good times.


I climbed the Dunn's River Falls in Ocho Rios. Now, that was not deliberate. I thought I was going to be walking along a gentle path along the falls. I did not know I was going to be actually rock climbing risking life and limb up a seemingly unending waterfall for an hour. Luckily I encountered three other Black girls who were equally as petrified, and we made our way up the slippery rocks together. I honestly had to stop in the middle of the trek and pray to the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost because only the Trinity kept my behind from falling and either killing or injuring myself. Seriously, the brochure shouldn't just say climbing the beautiful falls--that sounds like a fun frolic. It should say "BEWARE--the rocks are slippery, steep, and you will fall and bust your *ss a number of times before it's all over."













MOST IMPORTANTLY - I GOT TO SPEND TIME WITH MY MOM! Isn't she cute?











I'll do more of a blow by blow of my trip to Portugal, but just wanted to hit some highlights and lowlights for ya!




19 comments:

12kyle said...

Sounds like the good, the bad, and the ugly!!!

First...good to have you back. The pics are nice. Looks like you had a gang of fun.

Me and Mrs12 hit Dunn River Falls on our honeymoon. We were all pumped up and ready to climb. And within minutes, these storm clouds rolled in and we had rain and LIGHTING!!! I'm like..."it's lighting out here and i'm STANDING IN A BODY OF WATER . What the hell was I thinking? LMAO!! We did still did the climb.

They are dead wrong with letting cats run around that place. I can't believe that. Just downright nasty!

TravelDiva said...

LMAO! You're so right Kyle. Thanks. Even with the craziness, we had a GOOD time.

LMAO on the lightning. You guys did this in the rain? I CANNOT IMAGINE! I was already stumbling around, I seriously would have killed myself in the rain attempting the fall.

Kyle--OMG--when I asked one of the waiters to shoo the cats away during the wedding reception, she looked at me like I was an alien. Disgusting.

12kyle said...

Yep! We climbed in the rain. I had already paid my loot and we were gonna do SOMETHIN or they would've paid me back. LOL

I'm all for treating animals fairly but its safe to say that I would've been kickin some cats that day

TravelDiva said...

LOL on having paid your money. I know that's right!

LMBAO!

Park Avenue said...

Welcome back, mon!

"No, little Garfield had a gang of friends." LOL I love cats, but even I would've been salty about that one!

Glad you had a safe & fun trip. The pictures are beautiful & so is your mom!

PCD (Pretty Circle Drawer) said...

awwwwwwwww, don't be mad at the cats. they were trying to get their chill on too! it looked beautiful and jet skiing is the best...jealous!

Product Junkie Diva said...

WELCOME BACKKKKKKK
Love the pics. LIke PCD I like cats also but I would have been worried about the cake and finding random cat ummm "eliminations" all around the hotel. Dunns is so slippery that in all of my years I have never climed it..lol I find a nice cozy spot and take a seat and let the water fall on my body. I have never seen the other side..oh well.lol
can't wait to read about your other trip.
Product Junkie DIva

Eb the Celeb said...

Absolutely gorgeous pics...

you making me wanna be somewhere all tropical and ish...

TravelDiva said...

P.A. - Thanks!!!!!

PCD - If I could jetski everyday I would!


PJD - LOL. I ain't mad at you. Had I fully understood what I was going to be doing, I would have done that too! But I think pride got in the way too....

Eb - LOL. Thanks girl. Now that I'm back at work, I REALLY want to be back on the island, cats and all.

(¯`·._.·[***Fresh&Fab***]·._.·´¯) said...

it looks like u had a gr8 time, glad ure back


u look like ure mum so so so much, wow

TravelDiva said...

LOL. That's what EVERYBODY says Fab!

Scoop Lady said...

Hey lady,

Looks like a beautiful place.

Please change my blog to project-scoop2.blogspot.com

Thanks

TravelDiva said...

Hey scoop! Will do.

STILL POCAHONTAZ said...

Im soooo jealous...wow you look like you had so much fun...girl you look all refreshed and happy..Im so glad you had a good time.....

TravelDiva said...

LOL. Thanks Poca! There is something about being by the ocean with a drink in your hand that is relaxing and refreshing. For real!

Nadja said...

Welcome back! You were missed! Even though I knew you were gone I kept checking the old blog over and over again for some reason!

TravelDiva said...

LOL. Thanks Nadja!

Smarty Jones said...

I totally avoided this post until I had enough "zen" to handle it. It looks like you had a great time. I'm like Eb, I wanna head to the Carribbean now my dang on self!

TravelDiva said...

LOL Smarty. You're crazy.