I’m a happier person on vacation!

When I woke up after my first night in Punta Cana, I smiled! I stepped outside onto our villa porch and was greeted by a blue sky, and a bright sun. I felt warm even though I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt. Then I thought about Chicago. At that exact moment, it was freezing cold, and snowing there. EW! I smiled even more! To be away from my least favorite season was thrilling. I HATE winter. I HATE being cold. In Punta Cana, I was actually a bit hot! It was fantastic!

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Kevin was still asleep, so I decided to go for my first run in the Dominican Republic. I had committed to only running 3 miles each day of our trip. It was a win-win for Kevin and me! Kevin got to sleep in a bit longer, and I got to go for my run. This would in turn set my mind at ease so that I could enjoy the day (eat and drink whatever I want without feeling guilty)! I laced up my shoes, stepped outside, turned on my Garmin, and ran. It was glorious. I didn’t know where I was going to go, or what I was going to see. I ran out of the confines of the resort, and down the surrounding streets. Other early risers were on their porches drinking coffee, saying, “Hola, Hola!” to me as I passed by. I ran to the beach and along the sandy shore. I watched to locals take their boats out onto the water for the day. I could not wipe the grin off of my face. I headed back to the resort, and then on to our villa.

When I got there, Kevin was sitting on the porch, taking pictures of the random chickens, roosters, and peacocks that live on the property. I rinsed off, we went to breakfast, and then spend the first part of the day on the beautiful beach. This is how our mornings started every day. Perfect!

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We pretty much stuck to the resort and relaxed. We went on one amazing excursion into the mountains where we go to zip lining. It was such a blast!

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I’m usually not much of a swimmer. I love hanging out by water, but going in the water is usually out of the question… Kevin was actually able to get into the ocean! The water was so warm, that I didn’t mind it. He took some picture to document the occasion. I did not, however, dunk my head in the water. I’m afraid of getting salt water in my eyes… it burns.

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I would highly suggest going to Punta Cana if you are looking for a beach vacation. It feels like paradise!

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