Hello friends!! Say, did I ever tell you about the time I was told to put my clothes on? No? Pretty funny story actually; and a little bit embarrassing now that I think about it! Well, now that I have your attention, I guess I’ll have to tell you. Don’t worry (or sorry?), it’s not that kind of story. Actually I was dressed, just not the proper attire. And I wasn’t “told” but politely asked to cover up. But it’s a funny story that me and my friends still mention from time to time. It usually starts with a friend saying it’s warm.
Friend: It’s so warm in here. Aren’t you warm with that sweater on?
Me: Nope. I’m just right.
Friend: Remember that time…
Let’s go back four years into the past, at this very same month. My husband and I and another married couple (good friends of ours) went on vacation to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. (Side note: We actually celebrated our wedding anniversary there!) It was our very first grown ups only trip without the kids. For me it was total bliss! Warm, sunny weather. Beautiful sandy beaches and the most amazingly blue water. No laundry, no dishes, no cooking or cleaning. I didn’t even have to make my bed! No alarms to set, except when we went on a day tour; and nothing to do but relax, and relax some more. I finally knew what all the fuss was about when people raved about their all inclusive vacations!
I was feeling pretty self-conscious considering the fact that I very rarely wore a one piece bathing suit, let alone a two-piece. No not a skimpy one though. I’m still surprised I wore something a little revealing, for me. I’m no Heidi Klum! But, when in Rome, right?!! So after a couple of days I was feeling pretty relaxed. I mean, nobody cared what anyone else was wearing or how anyone else looked. I’m not sure what time of day it was, but we had decided to get something to eat(lunch?) after laying on the beach for a while. I walked into the restaurant alone and although I had a cover up around my waist, I had neglected to “cover up” my upper half. There were dress codes for the different restaurants on the resort, this one not as strict as others. But you still had to have bathing suits covered. So; as I strolled into the restaurant looking for my other traveling companions, a gentleman that worked at the restaurant walked up to me. The man very discreetly and quietly spoke to me and said that I needed to cover up my bathing suit top before taking a seat. He was very polite and I apologized and complied immediately. Well at least there weren’t many people around at the time because, if you know me, I was slightly embarrassed all the same. As soon as I sat down at our table, my friend asked me what the man had said. I replied with something like, “Oh he just asked me to put my clothes on.” Of course no one didn’t believe me at first. But we all had a big chuckle at what had happened while eating our food.
It’s the story people still talk about! LOL You see, if you know me, you would know that I LOVE SWEATERS! Sweaters and hoodies of any type. I am wearing one (or at the very least a long sleeved shirt) I would say 90% of the time. My friends might say 99% of the time. I am always complaining I am cold. Flannel, flannel and more flannel for me in the fall, winter and most of spring. But in my defense, I do live close to the water, in Newfoundland. So of course when I vacationed in a tropical climate people joked and asked if I took my sweater off. Well the joke was on them when I told them my story. HA!! Of course they didn’t believe me at first!! You were asked to cover up?? Really?? He didn’t say that!! While it did make me a little red in the face in the moment, it was one of those things that made that trip memorable.
I took many pictures on this vacation with my point and shoot camera and iPod. I did have my DSLR camera at the time but was afraid of getting sand in it so I left it at home. A lot came out blurry as we were on a tour bus driving through the streets and of course the night photos were pretty grainy. But I wouldn’t part with them for anything. I even had some put into a photo book to remember our vacation. I’m sharing some of them in this blog post, but sorry, no bikini pictures. LOL So, do you have any funny vacation stories or memories to share? You can comment right below or send me an email if you want to keep it between us. Someday soon I hope that a sandy beach will again be the view from where I am…