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Last Day in Paradise

Well, friends, sadly our Puerto Rican spring break adventure has come to an end. But Matt and I had an amazing last day :) What started out as a rainy and gloomy morning turned into a beautiful afternoon!

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Matt and I started our day with a leisurely breakfast while watching the rain pour down. 

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I wasn’t sure what the breakfast situation would be all week, and when I travel I usually try to keep breakfast and snacks healthy, so I came prepared.

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I packed a bazillion Larabars for us to have as afternoon snacks — love me some Larabar — no weird fake ingredients or added sugar! Plus some raw almonds and raisins:

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And for breakfasts, just in case, I packed a bag of raw oats, some instant oatmeal packets, and some 90 calorie almond butter packets — both Justin’s (their maple almond butter is AMAZING) and Barney Butter.

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I find the instant oatmeal is too sweet on its own (and not filling enough), so I like adding raw plain oats to it to bulk it up and de-sweeten it a bit :) And doesn’t everyone travel with almond butter? ;)

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Turns out our hotel had an awesome free breakfast on their rooftop (gorgeous views) since Matt is an “elite” member with them due to all his travel! But I still used some of my provisions to make it more fun :) I started with a small cup of their oats/cream of wheat/unclear what it was, with a little dollop of plain yogurt and cottage cheese:

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Then I topped it with a big pile of my raw oats, a sliced banana, and some almond butter!

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Perfect :) 

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Plus a small plate of fruit — they had some really good stuff! And a little bit of scrambled eggs, too:  

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That was pretty much my breakfast every day, give or take the eggs depending how hungry I was :) Plus some skim milk and some water!

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After breakfast yesterday, Matt and I decided to wait out the rain in the hotel gym. By the time we emerged sweaty and rejuvenated an hour later, it was brilliant and sunny outside! Score.

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For those of you that asked — we stayed at the Marriott resort in Condado. I highly recommend it if you ever come to San Juan — it was gorgeous and the staff were all very nice, too.

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After a quick lunch — we headed to the beach for the rest of the day :)

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Matt had to stay a bit bundled up due to his sunburn, haha. I’m happy to report neither of us got sunburned again yesterday :)

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We spent most of the time playing in the water — I’m obsessed with the ocean and the waves. I could spend hours just jumping over them! The water was the perfect temperature, too.

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Around 5 p.m. I sadly said goodbye to the water and Matt and I got ready for dinner. I wish my hair weren’t soaking wet and blowing awkwardly in the breeze in this photo!

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Oh, well :) Fun fact — I don’t own a blow dryer. My hair is wavy and very thick and I used to dry my hair every day in high school and college, but then I discovered the amazingness that is layers. Now I’m scrunch and go, all the way!

We watched the sun set on the beach — just gorgeous.

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There’s nothing more beautiful than watching the sun set on a beach. Am I right?

And then we headed off to dinner! We went to a fun place called Puerto Peru. We actually went there the night before, too, and loved it — they have outdoor seating, live bands roaming around, and super friendly servers.

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We started with an order of the fish and shrimp ceviche — SO good!

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And it came with steamed sweet potato on the side — awesome?!

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Plus an order of the plantains — I love me some plantains. They are EVERYWHERE in Puerto Rico!

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They were actually really good dipped into the ceviche!

We knew from the night before that the main courses were huge, so we shared the Chicken Chaufa — which is basically fried rice :)

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Tasty!

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And for dessert, we shared this custardy thing I can’t remember the name of. It was good :)

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And thus, our last day in paradise came to a close. It’s been a wonderful week and I feel so lucky that I was able to have such a nice break! I’ll leave you with this photo of the beach at dusk — next time any of us feel stressed, we can just mentally transport ourselves here :)

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I’m actually spending the rest of the weekend in D.C. — my dad is in town for work! We didn’t find out he’d be around until a couple weeks ago, but randomly Matt and I had a layover in D.C. on our way back from Puerto Rico, so we just got off there instead of continuing to Raleigh! Fate, clearly. I’m going out to dinner with my extended family tonight and then tomorrow morning is my 12 mile training run — my last long one before the half marathon in two weeks! My dad is going to run half of it with me and then cheer me on for the rest :) I fly back to Raleigh late tomorrow night and it’s back to the grind on Monday!

Stay tuned for a 12 miler recap and enjoy your weekends!

Comments

  1. 1

    I think you look gorgeous in the pic! And jealous of your easy hair routine. Although I know mine isnt bad either…takes me 5 min to blow dry.

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    Wow, what a gorgeous place! Looks like you had a great time :)

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    Amazing trip! I’m so glad you and Matt were able to sneak away on a much deserved trip to paradise. :)

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    Looks like a wonderful last day in PR. Your hair looks lovely anyway you wear it. Enjoy your time with your dad and good luck on the run. P.S. I don’t like the ocean, it is full of too many critters. (Like jaws)

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    Justin’s Maple Almond Butter is my favorite – I bought a packet for my hotel oatmeal breakfast this morning!
    So glad you had a nice time!

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    Totally hear you on the layers! My brother is an apprentice hairdresser and one of his work friends cut my hair and gave me layers a few weeks ago – best cut ever, low maintenance and I get so many comments on it.

    That holiday looks amazing. :)

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    Your trip looks so beautiful & fun! My hair is the same way. It’s so easy to scrunch & go vs spending an hour blow drying for frizzy hair!

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    Amazing. Your photos just make me want to go on holiday. <3

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    I’m going to Puerto Rico in July and al the pictures from your trip have made me super super excited! I am also hugely jealous of your hair routine. My hair is long and super thick and it takes me a solid 45 minutes with a hairdryer and straightener to get it professionally appropriate.

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    Omg! Your pictures look so amazing! Thank’s for sharing your trip with us :)

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    Oh lawd, absolutely GORGEOUS. Bottle up some sunshine and sand and do a giveaway?!:)

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    what an absolutely amazing trip!!! I’m soo jealous! Glad you guys are having such a wonderful time!

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    sounds like the perfect way to end a vacation!

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    Priscilla says:

    Beautiful pics! I cannot believe you don’t own a blow dryer–so jealous. My hair is very similar to yours so I am curious: what products do you use?

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      I don’t really use any products actually! Just really intense moisturizing shampoo/conditioner. The key is when I get out of the shower, I don’t brush my hair. Brushing it will take out all the curl and make it poofy/frizzy!

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    What an absolutely beautiful vacation! :D

    And I think a “hair post” is in order. ;) My hair is thick and naturally has a wave as well, but I spend a good half hour on weekdays trying to get it to cooperate with me. Scrunching and going would be wonderful. :D

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      Honestly, the key for me is just having a good layered haircut and not brushing my hair after I shower! If I brush it I lose all the curl and just get the frizz. So I hop out of the shower, comb through with my fingers, scrunch and go! :)

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    Looks like an awesome final day in a great week. Thanks for sharing it with us. And how’d the 12-miler go?

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    These pictures just made me feel so much calmer. :) Beautiful. Glad your vacation was restful!

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    I read your tweet that you ran 13.1 miles. What a gal. You are awesome

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    Courtney says:

    You sound just like me! I always make sure to have my crazy richards and soy milk wherever I go! My parents think I’m crazy (I’m a freshman in college). I went on a cruise over my spring break and for sure had my pb and soy milk (I also brought along a bag of kashi and puffins!!) Luckily, the cruise had some pretty good food and great breakfasts! Our breakfasts from our trips look pretty similar!

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    I stayed at the same hotel when I was in PR and I thought it was great. The room was nice and the balcony was awesome, plus it was in walking distance of so many things. Glad you liked it too. Thanks for sharing all the photos!

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