There’s a new rule of thumb for 2016 — if you go away for a few days and block yourself off from the news, you are going to miss a lot of shit.
Last week I joked that I came back to the second coming of the Cold War between the U.S. and Russia. That is likely an exaggeration (I hope), but this time, I came back to events that more closely resemble a lead-up to another World War. I hope that’s an exaggeration too.
Between assassinations, terror attacks and deadly fireworks explosions, it’s safe to say that the world is a tumultuous place right now. And historians were not slow to point out that the murder of Russia’s envoy to Turkey on Monday bore similarities to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, which directly led to World War I.
I could spend the rest of this post opining about the craziness we are living in right now and how these events might affect the global spectrum as we enter a new year, but I won’t. Mainly because I have no freaking clue how things will play out from here, and secondly, I just don’t feel like it.
Instead, I’d rather tell you about where I spent the last four days.
I packed my bags, gathered up my passport and flew down to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Now, anytime you spend time in an all-inclusive resort on a tropical island in the Caribbean Sea at a point when your hometown is experiencing its coldest weather of the year, you are going to have an incredible time.
But I must tell you that if you’ve never been to Punta Cana … go.
And if you do go, I highly recommend you stay at the Presidential Suites on the northern part of the island.
If you like friendly and attentive staff that treat you like royalty; clean and expansive rooms; delicious food; an excess of outdoor activities; and an inclusive environment where everything is spread out yet close enough where you’re basically guaranteed to meet a significant number of people at the resort — then you’ll want to go there.
There was one mistake on my part. When people visit all-inclusive resorts, they tend to stay for several days. Having booked this on a whim with a friend as an end-of-year bonus, we only stayed three nights.
Having to leave a tropical resort mid-week when everyone else you’ve met is just gearing up to let loose for the second half of their stay … well let’s just say it’s quite depressing and that I am in full withdrawal mode right now.
If you go, then stay for a while. Believe me.
But between the serene views and the abundance of friendly people I met from all over the world, it was an unforgettable experience. When you approach the beach and stare out into paradise, it’s pretty hard not to appreciate every moment.
And what was even more refreshing was being in an environment where no one had even the slightest interest in talking about politics. That’s a difficult thing to escape these days.
Punta Cana, you will always hold a special place in my heart.