Donna and Tom invited us to stay in their time share at the Grand Luxxe Hotel Nuevo Vallarta, just north of the city of Puerto Vallarta. They were flying standby from Atlanta, so while they were waiting for available airplane seats in the US, Edd and I prepared to check in to the hotel.
Going to a fancy resort didn’t mean that our Spartan mentality wavered, no. We stocked up on groceries at Chedraui beforehand, and Edd was damned if any bellboy was going to carry them up to the room for us! Especially after we handed over the keys to our beloved house and paid for the obligatory valet parking!
Donna and Tom arrived late Friday night, sadly without luggage. Their carry-on bag made it, but it was full of little goodies that we had ordered to their house: lights for our bicycles, a new flashlight, a Haynes car manual, etc. We are so grateful that they schlepped our stuff for us, but they were only left with their swimsuits!
Fortunately bathing suits were really the only attire needed, because we spent most of the time by the many pools in the resort.
Of course walking to and from the poolside wasn’t our only fatburning activity; we also joined a water aerobics class one day! Our instructor had everyone counting their movements in Spanish and occasionally shouting in pain. My arms were killing me.
I also managed to get to the gym a few times, which was a true luxury.
Twice, we all piled into our van to go to the airport in search of the missing luggage. Donna and I sat in the back at the dinette, holding onto the table as Edd maneuvered through Puerto Vallarta traffic. But we were happy to save money not taking taxis, as the road leading out of the resort was 3.5 km long! Finally on Monday the luggage arrived. I think they were both relieved.
We really enjoyed cooking and eating meals in the room, which had a well-equipped kitchen. Edd and I fixed burgers, quesadillas and tuna pasta (which Donna showed us how to make with sardines), and Donna made a ravioli one night with a scrumptious garlicky Alfredo sauce. Dinner of course was paired with plenty of wine. And one day Edd made VERY STRONG margaritas using the Hornitos tequila we had bought on our tour. Cheers!
On the last night, Tom and Donna treated us to a pizza dinner at one of the restaurants in the resort. Back at the room, Donna and I had more wine and then a Donald Trump rantfest. Wine and whine. Sometimes it’s good to touch base with your compatriots!
We said goodbye on Wednesday morning. Donna and Tom, we had a really fun time seeing you guys again. We’re going to miss sleeping on feather pillows in a cool air-conditioned room! Thanks so much for everything!