April 12th, 2011
This was our big trip for the year. We booked our tickets all the way back in January! Ok, that was just a few months ago, but that is pretty impressive planning for us since we are now accustomed to more spontaneous, last-minute travel. Anyway, we were super excited and counting down the days to meet my parents for a proper beach vacation in Mexico.
New York City
We managed to get a quick one-night stopover in NYC on the way out to Cabo. It had been awhile since either of us had been to the Big Apple so it was nice to get to catch up with some old friends, even if we were only there for 18 hours. Jonny G was nice enough to take the day off work, pick us up at the airport in Newark, and let us crash at his place (Thanks Jonny and Chris!). We also fit in an amazing dinner at Frank with Jonny, Chris, Nied, and the Chappells. Try the burrata, trust me.
From NYC, we flew to San Jose del Cabo where my parents picked us up at the airport. My parents have had a timeshare in Cabo for around 10 years now. I had been there once before with them, and Emily had been to Cabo once before also on a trip with some of her VT friends. So we both were familiar with the area and looking forward to a week of perfect weather at the beach.
We stayed at the Dreams Resort on the corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Every day started with fruit and fresh squeezed orange juice on the patio, then the afternoon was spent relaxing on the beach or by the pool, and then we went out to fun and delicious dinners with my parents every night. It doesn’t get much better than that. Oh, and we also did some whale watching from the balcony and from the beach (we saw whales almost every day).
The two most memorable meals of the trip were when we got away from the tourists and ate with the locals. The first was authentic carnitas at Los Michoacanos. The second was dinner at Mariscos “El Jarocho” on a dirt road north of Cabo San Lucas. My parents had somehow discovered this hidden jem on one of their previous trips to Cabo. We made a reservation for Mariscos “El Jarocho”, and when we arrived the hostess and chef were waiting to greet us. We were also the only people there; it was like we had rented out the whole restaurant. The highlight of the meal, other than the personalized service, was the delicious shrimp. After dinner, we took pictures with the staff and promised to distribute some business cards for them at our hotel to help them out.
Thanks again Mom and Dad! We had an amazing time. Hope we can make an annual tradition of this!
On the way back from Cabo to Zurich, we planned another stopover in Washington DC for Eric Wilfong’s 30th birthday bash. We stayed there for the weekend with Eric, Emily, and Winnie. We had a great time and were excited that it worked out to be there to celebrate with Eric. It was also great to catch up with a lot of other friends in DC while we were there too.
I should also mention that this wasn’t the official spring break for ETH. But the good news is even though I missed a week of classes, I haven’t really fallen behind at all in my studies. SPRING BREAK!