travel

Going For A Drive

   I don’t have a bucket-list, but I do want to spend some of the time I have remaining with my wife, doing things that retired people do. Deciding what retired people do, is not as easy as you might think. The list of retiree’s activities includes things like needlepoint, volunteering, joining a bocce league, […]

Small Things

Having been involved with The Playa for the last four plus years, I have been able to watch it grow to the point that it is occupied 60% of the time. Forget about trying to make a last-minute reservation for the weekend, it’s not going to happen. This compares well against the 500-room resorts. In […]

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Vaccine ID

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Well, I’m two weeks into retirement and as expected, there is still COVID. Didn’t it get the memo!! I’m retired… I don’t want to wear a mask anymore! I guess I should be happy I’m still recovering from an injury, I’m not able to do anything anyway! This current situation is thanks to the Delta […]

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Harder Coming Home

In Canada, COVID restrictions are starting to loosen. As vaccinations increase and new cases decrease, we find ourselves at a point where we must start to decide on our new normal. Sure, the government is going to dictate some of the parameters, but ultimately Canadian citizens will shape the new normal by the way they […]

There are two different entities at ‘The Playa’, or at least in my head there are. There is a restaurant business and there is a hotel/cabana/cottage/bed on the beach/ or however you wish to describe it, business. I can only speak to the hotel side of the business because I keep the reservations. With less […]

“The people want to go out,” that is what Wendy has told me. This was in response to a comment I made about the amount of bookings I have taken for The Playa for the month of July. The government of the Dominican Republic entered Phase 3 which allowed restaurants and hotels to re-open on […]

The one thing about a ‘global pandemic’, is that it is global. Almost every country, on every continent, has been drastically changed by COVID-19. Even the few countries that chose to ignore the whole flu-thing were effectively quarantined by their neighboring countries. So, no country got away scot-free. This of course, includes the Dominican Republic. […]

The Final Delay

Part 4- Out of the Dish Row 30. I hadn’t paid any attention to my seat assignment when it was issued in the Dominican Republic. This was truly a mistake, one that I will never make again. The only thing further back than me on this plane, are two toilets, the galley and the rear […]

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Even More Delays

That’s right… go back 2 posts for the start of this saga 😉 Part 3- The Deep-End We’re on schedule, go figure. Even though we have been a part of many delays around us, Honey and I are not really late. According to the big board at Pearson International airport in Toronto, we are on-time […]

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More Delays

To start at the beginning go back one post 😉 Part 2- Crossing the Dish Whoever penned the phrase “Misery loves company”, has never sat on an airplane. Absolutely no one is enjoying each others company. Miserable? Yes. Happy to be with others who are miserable? Not a chance! I know I wouldn’t want to […]