Reversing the Numbness

Monday, March 31, 2008

Going Places

So I'm in a hotel room in Chicago, and I'm thinking about some other trips we've got lined up in the near future. I'll be heading to Seattle in late April for a race, and later this summer the DM and I are taking the family to the Finger Lakes of New York for a week, which should be lots of fun. We're also going to the D.C. area for a Radiohead show in May, and to Baltimore the week after that for a Glen Hansard/Marketa Irglova show. Later in the summer, the DM and I will be heading back to Washington (state) for another race.

While this is all cool, the trip I'm really thinking about is our 10th Anniversary trip, in May of 2009. The DM and I are trying to figure out where to go. We've talked Ireland, Mexico, Costa Rica, even Nicaragua. I also can't stop thinking about Positano, though that place is just so freaking expensive and we want to go somewhere that won't break the bank. Maybe even southern France, even though the DM has been there before. We just don't know, but it sure is fun to think about it.

Any suggestions on a good spot for our 10th Anniversary trip? What are the best places you've been?

24 comments:

getto said...

We went to Grand Cayman for our Honeymoon. Extremely cool. You can walk the beach from one end of the island to the other with nice beach bars along the way. It was only a few hour flight from Pitts, and if I remember correctly, only a few hundred dollars. The beaches are beautiful, the water is clear to 100 feet and about 80 degrees. Plus the pirate lore is kind of cool. We will get back again, for sure. Next to my Mexican vacations, Cayman is my fav. Plus, the smaller Caymans are supposed to be nice too.

Rob Zero said...

St. John's in the Virgin Islands. Beautiful.

Raoul Duke said...
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Raoul Duke said...

What up Sleek. That Fingers Lake looks Awesome. As far as your anniversary trip, I would look at the exchange rate in the various areas. Right now the Euro is kicking our dollars ass, so Europe would be really expensive. C and I loved Costa Rica, we could steer ya in the right direction. I would love to go to Vancouver/Whistler, don't know if you've been. Heading back East for an interview in Baltimore on my birthday next Tuesday, wish me luck.

The Dalai Mama said...

I tell you, Sleek, I talked to a friend yesterday who just got back from Siesta Key, FL. She talked about how awesome it is. I've always wanted to go there, so I wouldn't be against looking into that. Like, RD mentioned, I've been thinking about how crazy expensive Europe would be right now.

RD: If you haven't done it yet, you should download Joseph Arthur's new EP. I think you would love it. He's back to doing his solo thing agian. He's releasing several EPs this spring, leading up to the release of his solo LP this summer.

The Dalai Mama said...

Now that I think about it, I'd probably rather take the kids to Siesta Key for spring break. Remember that deal in Budget Traveler for the Irish B&B tour? Something like that would definitely be doable. And fun! Or there's always that eco-house in Costa Rica.

Raoul Duke said...

Hey DM, i will be on the lookout for that Joseph Arthur. I sent the kids a Medeski, Martin and Wood children's CD that Sage (and we) likes to rock to when we are in the car. I also sent you guys the new Racontuers cd, that is ruling my face right now. Jack White is SOLID.
You guys could look into Couples Negril. We loved it and it is all inclusive, so you could have a fixed budget.

Anonymous said...

vietnam/cambodia...cheap and exotic....

Anonymous said...

vietnam/cambodia...cheap and exotic....

Rob Zero said...

I heard there's a vacation you can take where you are actually paid to go to the beach.

There's no water though.

And you are contracted to stay for a number of years.

And people shoot at you.

The Dalai Mama said...

Anon: I know this may sound crazy to you (and others)...I just can't travel that far away from my kids right now. Call me a mama, if you must. :)

The Dalai Mama said...

rz: I think that place is also lacking a vacation!

olives and more said...

Ok...for the anniversary trip you guys have to get out of the U.S. Of course, I would recommend Greece. Santorini is the island for lovers. Great food, great people. Or Rome..Yummy. DM: think about Eat, pray, Love.

RZ: Before I even read the comments I was going to recommend St. John. Great for ecotourism. When I was visiting my sister in puerto Rico, I really wanted to go to st. john...but I didn't want to take a tiny airplane there from st. thomas.

You guys could go to Australia. I could give you all the gifts I bought for my sister and nieces that I haven't sent to them over the last two years.

But honestly, I think Europe is the way to go....Greece, Itay, France.....

olives and more said...

i mean celebrating 10 years of marriage....WOW!!! you guys are awesome! You are like my ideal couple. I LOVE YOU GUYS!

Mom! Toilets blogged! said...

You already live in West BY GOD Virginia, why would you need to go any where for your anniversary?
Mom!

M@ said...

Lucky devil. I want to get the hell out of town, too.

josh williams said...

Eire is so cool. Take a side trip to Mount Erigal, climb the thing and then enjoy family friendly pub a few miles from base park. I climbed the Erigal in 1999 and it was a reminder that you were lucky to have lungs. I also studied the single track route up the mountain, and I just cannot rid myself of the idea of riding up that damn mountain.
All of Eire was great, if you have history all the better...But as I was told about five times before I understood a word he said, was a jolly gent at a pub who kept saying "I love the yanks" he repeated this for me a few times because I thought he was saying I love the "angst". But he liked us, the Yanks.
So many places off the tourist path that are wonderful. Tabasco abounds and so does great food, I am serious, even the small versions of 7-11 had great sit down fresh food. OK the morning fry had a few extras to get used too. I vote Eire!

SleekPelt said...

Loads of fine suggestions, thanks to all. Deciding will be fun but difficult, I'm sure.

Crusselldrums said...

My wife and I (with some family) had an amazing vacation in France. We spent a week in Paris (pretty cool), and then spent 6 days in the South of France on a boat (barge) that we rented from this place. It was AMAZING!!! You are on your own in a small boat in the Canal Du Midi. You do have to work some of the locks yourself, though... but most have someone to help (you just have to tie your boat off).
We have also done the all-inclusive trips to Aruba (honeymoon) and Riviera Maya (just because). Both were nice for all-inclusive trips.
My dream trip is now Costa Rica...

Jessica said...

I know I'm getting in late, but I just finished viewing my brother's pictures from he and his fiancee's two week long trip to Guatemala. It's fairly inexpensive and safe.Check it out.
http://picasaweb.google.com/jleach71/Guatemala

SleekPelt said...

the mad, mysterious mr. crusseldrums: Wow, that's a heck of an endorsement, with a solid lead to boot. Something about all-inclusive trips just turns me off.

jessica: Those photos are amazing. Looks like they had an awesome time. I'm gonna check that out more.

moneytastesbad said...

I have a friend who took a ski trip to Austria last year. He loved it. They found a local pub that took them in like regulars. He said they had Country Roads on the jukebox and that it would get played several times a night and the whole crowd would sing along. He asked the bartender if that was just because they were there and he told them that it happened damn near every night at least once.

SleekPelt said...

$tastesbad: I've never been to Austria and definitely want to go someday. If I do, rest assured I'll find some local pubs.

The Electric Orchid Hunter said...

Zanzibar.