Sun, ocean, open roof buses with music… This was my idea of Barbados. Trying to forget about a long winter and get some of that oh so necessary vitamin D, I packed my bags and ended up on an island that hadn’t changed all that much since last time I was there. But this time I was in a new hotel and I was hooked, I could have stayed by the pool the whole week because strange things were happening right there, things that kept many of us glued to the hotel premises…
It was not charter but…
How odd to end up experiencing a spontaneous charter vacation. The hotel was pretty simple, small units surrounding a little pool. Good pricing for people set on discovering the island east of the West Indies. The very first night it turned out that a really cool crowd had chosen this very same hotel for the same week and friendships develop as we ended up chatting by the pool sipping tropical drinks. In fact, we spontaneously started a bingo game and people left their preferred casino online on their smartphones to join the “old timers” game.
You read it right, first night was bingo and the adventure continued the next day when instead of renting a car to go check out the historical sugar cane plantations with a friend I decided to simply stay by the pool for poetry morning. This was hilarious and it was surprising to see how some really good weather and relaxed atmosphere got the creativity going. A guy named John was still busy playing on an online site called Cloud casino and I came up with a cool verse on clouds and no clouds which afterwards I thought it better to keep in my head! Later that day at the beach we were still reading the bits out loud and laughing at the humor of it all.
Driving on the left side is crazy
The next day we did make it out on the road and while I thought that I pretty much have a grip on driving now (remember that I got my license before the Marbella trip) I was not ready for left side driving at all. It was a total freak out and I soon asked one of our new friends to grab the wheel so that I could keep an eye on all the sites. I don’t understand how they do it, sorry guys, but driving on the left side is not, well, right.
Word of my expertise came out
Thinking the whole charter feeling was just a first two days thing in the hotel, I was a bit baffled when I was asked to give some beauty tips. People who can play games on their mobiles can also check out blogs and so we had a little beauty get together discussing make up, fashion and other interesting things. We had an interesting debate on sunblock and whether it is overrated or not. I think I managed to convince them to put some on the for the next morning, after all there is a reason that BB cream is such a hit all over the planet.
Sing along evening
The coolest thing during my hotel Barbados stay was definitely the sing along evening. This was an event worthy of any Gran Canarias hotel experience. The night before going back home the whole gang had gathered by the pool and someone had brought a guitar. We started with some calmer tunes that most seemed to know and then it got a bit funny as some guy brought out a boom box and started playing the type of music you hear on the buses on Barbados.
We ended up circling the pool in the most geeky and hysterical way. I hope no one filmed it, I would deny being there if anyone saw someone that looked like me! It was so goofy and funny. I can honestly say that the best memories from my Barbados vacation came from the hotel where I met such cool people not looking for a charter trip but ending up having one.
We had a great time in Spain, Marbella is gorgeous and can’t wait til we go back
What impressed me most was the nature and the beautiful mountains. The sea is something I cannot live without, but since we live next to it here in Malta, I paid more attention to other surroundings. Hearing Spanish all the time didn’t exactly hurt either 😉
This time next week, we’ll be on our way to Marbella Spain! I’m very excited because I’ve never been there and we are staying for 5 days so that should leave us some time to get to know the city a bit. Aiden is set on spending most of the time car-spotting but I think I’m leaning more towards enjoying the Spanish nature and maybe do a bit of shopping. This trip is part work part holiday so we’ll mix it up as much as we can 😉
Check back to see our thoughts of the place!
We’re back home:( Uff. I wanted to stay another day to be able to enjoy the yammi hotel breakfast and the beautiful people you see all over the city 😉 and the shops – I was like a lost puppy roaming around the streets and piazzas. Also, we ate quite a lot. And drank wine. The Shiseido Spa was a massive highlight though. I love their products and use them a lot, so it was quite an amazing experience to enjoy a facial in their newly opened spa. Everything was done to perfection, the salon, the therapists, the ‘relaxing room’ where we were treated to biscuits and tea after the treatment. It was especially nice to hydrate the face after a flight. Highly recommended.
Another place I can recommend is the restaurant and bar by Replay (jeans), called ‘The Stage’. If you want to feel like you’re in a movie scene, this is the place. Or, if you simply want to indulge in amazing food and drinks.
Milan feels like a very young, stylish and energetic city. We’ve been to Rome several times and I love it for its beauty and atmosphere, but Milan is the obvious choice if you want to shop, party or simply feel inspired and energized.
So, as much as I enjoyed it and wanted to stay, it’s always a nice feeling to come home to my little Bobo
Right now I’m just chillin’ at home because we came home late last night and this morning I had a yoga class. Also went for a long power-walk. We also walked a lot in Milan, so my legs are super tired, but in a nice way 😉
What to pack? Light? Check-in luggage? I think no matter the amount of times you find yourself packing for a trip, long or short, there’s always that head-scratching moment a day before take-off. As if it’s a first. I don’t know…and I always open my bag when arriving at the hotel thinking what the hell did I pack this for? Where’s this or why did I leave that at home.
Let me update you once I get to the destination. Friday. Can’t wait.