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March 14, 2008

10th Wedding Anniversary Family Reunion

Filed under: parents, travelogue — Tags: , , , , — yaadayaada @ 8:33 pm

Husband and I celebrated our 10 th wedding anniversary this month. We had a gala family reunion with my parents, his parents, his siblings and family, my sibling and family. We all went on a cruise. It was major fun.

But the planning was tiresome. The initial plan was to celebrate it in India with both the parents. The parents in law had to visit brother in law in the US, so decided to celebrate it in the US. Then had to convince my sister Boo and her hd to visit from Switzerland and my parents from India. Then started the venue planning. Initial thought was cruise as this will be fun for everyone. But then visa isssue crept up. And my passport was at the verge of expiring. So canned the cruise idea and decided to rent a luxury house in Florida by the beach and laze around. One of the sibling had already visited Florida and was not so keen. We almost ditched that sibling and decided on Florida when the husband found this cruise to Mexico which might not require visa. After frantic calls to all the consulate, travel agent found out that we don’t need visa as long as we have multiple entry US visa on us. After another call to parents, siblings decided on the tour date from Feb 28 through March 3rd 2008. Suddenly one of the siblings dropped the bombshell on the day of booking that they have to check with the immigration before booking. So we ditched that sibling and booked the tickets. After major praying by my mil, the sibling’s immigration issue got resolved and got her tickets booked as well.

Then I started praying that everyone should arrive at the right time for the cruise as the inlaws were all coming from snow country. Gods were summoned to keep the little ones hale and healthy for this trip. All the Gods out there should really love us, everyone was in the pink of their health. We all reached the harbor on time to board the gorgeous ship. Had great 4 days and came back home happy.

Couldn’t have asked for more for this anniversary!

Some conversation while planning this:

Me: I am tired of arranging this reunion. So many logistics.

Hus: Oh.. you can do it!

Me: Come on! What is the big deal anyway? What is there to celebrate?

Hus: It is our 10th anniversary!

Me: So?

Hus: Isn’t that a big deal?

Me: Give me one reason why we should celebrate this!

Hus: The fact that we lived under the same roof for 10 years and didn’t kill each other yet!

Me: You win! Can’t argue with that! Let me go and make the arrangements!

Hus(thinking):Finally! I can go back to my games while she kills herself making the arrangemens!

Gifts Gifts and more gifts:

  1. Beautiful stateroom decoration and cake arranged by Boo’s Hd 
  2. Matching engraved watches for me and husband from his brother and sister family
  3. Beautiful saree from mother in law
  4. Beautifully embroidered silk saree from my mom
  5. Beautiful diamond earrings from mom and Boo
  6. Matching T-Shirts from dad for everyone. Thanks to utbt for her beautiful handwork on the T-Shirts and the much needed bed and breakfast getaway card!
  7. Gift cards and matching fancy jewelery from the sil and bil family
  8. Dollar bill garland from mil and sil
  9. 10the Wedding anniversary and our names embroidered saree from dad
  10. Bracelet from husband
  11. Most important of all, the entire family’s presence on this trip

More cruise detail to follow!

December 3, 2007

Cancun Trip Day 1

Filed under: travelogue — Tags: , , , , — yaadayaada @ 2:33 am

Went to Cancun, Mexico for a vacation last week. Had great fun. The weather was wonderful. No need for sweaters/jackets. Warm and nice. Out came the swimwear, shorts and capris. After a 6 hour flight plus 2 hour layover in Mexico city, reached Cancun around noon. Our car driver was waiting. He took the baggages from us and drove us to our hotel, The Ritz Carlton, Cancun. We could see the turquoise caribean sea during the drive. It was just breathtaking. The hotel was very nice. The bellboy brought our baggages. The receptionist welcomed us with a pina colada. It was just heaven. Our room had a beautiful view of the Sea and the swimming pool.

View from our balcony.

Our butler asked if we needed help with unpacking, since I was not keen on butler touching my undergarments, denied that service and unpacked it ourselves. Then we took off for a walk on the Kukulcan(The Plummet Serpent, Mayan God) Blvd in the Zona Hotelera.  Walked down to the Kukulcan plaza. It was a mall. Went to the subway and had a sandwich and had ice cream in Haagen-Daz. Then did some groceries. Bought some water and breakfast items since they were just ridiculously expensive in the hotel. 8$ for a bottle of water at the hotel while it is 2$ in the grocery shop. Then found a travel agent outside Royal Sands hotel and booked the Chitzen Itza trip with him for the next day.  It was 45$ per person.(Ritz quoted 100$ per person for the same).  Then came back to the hotel.

Went for a stroll in beach and sat in the lounge chairs enjoying the blue sea. Then had a swim in the beautiful pool. Got dressed and decided to go for dinner to some place. Opened the balcony door and what do we see, beautiful full moon rising from the ocean.

Full moon from the Balcony

It was just breathtaking. Then off we went for dinner to a Mexican restaurant, Casa Maguey in Kukulcan Plaza. The food was really good. The chef made vegetarian quessadilla and enchillada with poblana peppers, onions and squash blossom specially for us. The guacomole and chips were awesome. Even my lovely husband who doesn’t like avocado, went ga ga over the guacomole in that restaurant. A small mariachi band played song for us. It was fun. After a hearty meal walked back to our hotel(20 minutes walk). To our great surprise, the housekeeping service had performed the turndown service. Had kept a bottle of water on the bedside table, house slippers by the bed, bed was arranged ready to sleep, tranquil music playing in TV along with an aquarium screensaver in TV. We were super thrilled. Went to bed gazing the full moon and the ocean from the window since we had to start early for Chitzen Itza the next day.

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