I returned Tuesday afternoon from a week at a very beautiful resort near Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. As a gift from a friend who is a member of the resort, we had our own, incredibly beautiful villa with its own swimming pool on a hill overlooking the Caribbean. The layout was such that no other villas or buildings were visible from our patio and pool. It was a though our villa was suspended in the air, open to the sky and the sea.
I spent most of my time swimming, when I wasn’t eating and drinking at the resort’s multiple restaurants, buffets, bars, and ocean beaches (all food and drink was included in a relatively inexpensive per diem fee), and tooling around the vast paradisal resort complex in the golf cart that came with the villa. Each villa at this resort has its own swimming pool, and there are many larger, common swimming pools as well. I swam in many of them, but in the end came to favor my own.
I had not had real exercise since my health problem and treatment began two years ago. Since I have difficulty walking as a result of the treatment, swimming is the perfect physical activity for me. Also, I have not driven a car since I became ill. With the golf cart, I became a driver again.
Kidist Paulos Asrat writes:
It’s funny, that’s just the kind of vacation I thought you would have, at a beautiful paradise island. And you had to travel so far to find an ideal exercise. Swimming is really the best. It’s the only sport I can do with enjoyment and with results (how can people go jogging!?).LA replies:
It was just the kind of vacation I had been thinking of. I’m not physically up to being a tourist, moving around and doing things. I wanted to go to a place that was a nice place where I didn’t have to do anything and I could just be. And this was it.Leonard K. writes:
I’m glad to hear about your wonderful vacation, but I find it ironic that you spent it in the Caribbean. A quick search of VFR for Caribbean yielded these entry titles:LA replies:
Before I went, I verified that the resort conformed to VFR’s specifications for security in tropical vacation places. It is surrounded by fences, with everyone’s ingress and egress through gates where they are checked by security personnel, and also there were security men on the street outside our villa at night.LA continues:
Prior to traveling I wrote to the friend who was giving me this vacation, asking him:An Indian living in the West writes:
I am glad you finally went to the Caribbean!LA writes:
I should add that the weather was very mild. Because this was May, and no longer the peak of the season, we had expected the weather to be very hot and perhaps somewhat uncomfortable. But it was genial and temperate. Whether the sun was shining in a brilliantly blue sky, or there were clouds and light rain, it was always pleasant. On our last morning there it got really hot for the first time.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at May 10, 2012 08:18 AM | Send