Ya Mon

Posted By on May 17, 2011

I’m back from Jamaica, mon. And I know I should have written about this trip sooner, but man, I am still exhausted from all that relaxing. I did more at work by 10 AM on Monday than I had done in five days in Jamaica. Seriously. Just getting up and showering and commuting to work on Monday was exhausting. I even slept on the train!

The trip was AMAZING! I had such a nice, relaxing, fun time. It was just what I needed. Which I didn’t even realize until I was sitting at the pool bar, drinking Red Stripe Light, feeling the stresses lifting off my shoulder and making me calm and serene.

I don’t have much to detail about the trip. Besides the wedding and wedding festivities, which were why I was there in the first place, there was a lot of lying around by the pool. And making friends with the bartenders. And drinking slushy rum drinks. And just enjoying myself.

This was my first beachy vacation I’ve taken as an adult. Usually I travel to some place in the States to visit a friend and/or go for a goal/purpose – conference, wedding, tourist attractions. This was the first time that I really took a trip that was 5 days of a lot of nothing. I get it now. You don’t get bored. You RELAX. And enjoy yourself.

I packed a lot of clothes for this trip. I figured I would be on the go and it would be hot and I would be sweaty and I would need to change two or three times a day.

In reality, I wore my bathing suit more than anything else.

Here are how my days usually looked:

Morning (before 10 AM) (I KNOW!!)

  • Get up, brush teeth, throw on bathing suit, cover-up, sunscreen
  • Head down to breakfast
  • Eat a plate full of bacon
  • And maybe some other things
  • Get beach towels
  • Find spot in shady area near bar
  • Lay out and read book until 10 AM when the bar opens
  • Alternate between drinking at the bar, relaxing in the lazy river, or going down the waterslide.


  • Lunch from the pool bar – BLT wrap and fries every day (MORE BACON)
  • More drinks
  • More reading
  • More sun time
  • More pool time
  • Possibly a nap or two (either indoors or outside)


  • Shower
  • Dinner
  • More drinks
  • Close down terrace bar
  • Head to night club to people watch and eat snacks
  • Go to bed

Wash, rinse, repeat.

The only difference was for the wedding. It was absolutely beautiful and has totally changed my opinion on destination weddings. Before this trip, I thought I wanted to get married in Chicago, in front of everyone, with a huge party. Now? I think this is the way to go. With this kind of wedding, you can relax and enjoy yourself and know that everyone that shows up is there for you and loves you so much that they are willing to travel for your wedding.

Plus, getting married in front of this kind of backdrop? Ain’t half bad.

About the author

Kristabella, who also answers to “Hey! Drunk Girl!”, is a reformed band geek with an amazing ability to drink most people under the table. You can read her inane ramblings here, where she talks about her exciting life as a spinster with two cats and a fascination for Bacon.


13 Responses to “Ya Mon”

  1. Lisa says:

    Did you get to sample any of the local cuisine? Meat patties, jerk chicken, ginger beer? I lived in Jamaica for a while as a kid. Most of my memories are of the food.
    Lisa´s last blog post ..make your own foyer

  2. kdiddy says:

    I want to go to there SO BAD.

  3. Angella says:


    So glad you got to get away and RELAX. I’m a little envious, but mostly happy for you. 🙂
    Angella´s last blog post ..My Best Girl

  4. Schwerer says:

    I am so glad you get the whole all inclusive, relaxing vacation thing! IT IS AWESOME! Glad you had a great time!

  5. Rhi says:

    You should absolutely get married at the beach. Because I love vacation.

  6. mouncie123 says:

    I would travel to your wedding! Just sayin ; )

  7. regan says:

    Please consider this my official yes rsvp to your beach wedding. Even if you don’t invite me I plan on showing up. And being drunk.
    regan´s last blog post ..hen pecked

  8. Kerri Anne says:

    I hereby declare I need some friends to have some beach destination weddings. And Oregon Coast beaches don’t count.
    Kerri Anne´s last blog post ..This paper contains facts And this paper has the eighth highest circulation in the whole wide world Right Plenty of facts “Pregnant man gives birth” That’s a fact

  9. kirida says:

    I love this. I wish my life was like this every day. BLT for lunch x FOREVER.
    kirida´s last blog post ..flossing like ivana

  10. You’re so lucky! I went to Nauseau once and it was awesome. It is always hard to come back here though isn’t it, when its so cold and rainy!
    NickiBabysits´s last blog post ..Free And Inexpensive Places To Go In Any Town!

  11. Alice says:

    that sounds DIVINE. i know so many people who are all bitter with their friends who do destination weddings because it’s so expensive and stuff, but me?? PLEASE TO GIVE ME AN EXCUSE TO GO TO THE CARIBBEAN PLEASE AND THANK YOU. this is why i take caribbean trips by myself, too! you don’t necessarily need company when you’re reading and sleeping and drinking for 12 hours a day 🙂

    ps way to go, you excessively professional blogger you!

  12. Jennifer R says:

    Howdy. Just checking in. Wanted to say that I miss your blog posts and hope all is well with you.

  13. sheila says:

    The beach view you captured both in daylight and during night time was such a sight. From the pictures you’ve taken, it’s clear enough you had a blast girl. Lucky you! You convinced me enough to go there and have a dose of totally relaxing vacation of my own.
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