As wedding details get finalized — we have rings and a marriage license!! — it’s time to start thinking past the wedding.

Marriage? You might ask. Well, no, not yet. (But stay tuned for that blog ;)


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Just the sound of the word makes me feel relaxed: Honeymoooooooooooooooooooooooon. Merriam Webster says the word originates in 1563 “Honeymoon” as

1: a period of harmony immediately following marriage

2: a period of unusual harmony especially following the establishment of a new relationship

3: a trip or vacation taken by a newly married couple

I could use a little harmony. Most days, I feel like a overcaffeinated Chihuahua being fed cocoa leaves and red bull I’m so high strung.

So where are we going on our honeymoon? There are so many good choices.

I considered a few places such as Bali, Greece, Hawaii and Japan — I spent years living on Absecon Island, and all I want to do is go to another bigger, better island.

As for Joel, he is happy to go anywhere :)


On my last big trip (to Argentina) I happened to watch “Eat Pray Love” on the plane. What I saw inspired me to say my next big trip would be to Bali.

The Indonesian island has beaches, volcanos and temples. The colors are all deep jungle greens and bright pinks and purples mixed with the serenity of white and pales blue. In pictures, it looks like a lush paradise of artists, healers and worshippers.

You can stay in a straw hut that sits on the water — talk about a romantic getaway!!

But I mentioned it to Joel and he didn’t seem too into it. So I kept looking. This wasn’t just *my* big trip anymore.


I’ve always wanted to visit Greece — its island beaches, ancient ruins, blue sky and white rocks. The blue-domed churches of Santorini are the colors of the flag.

Plus, I’ve always loved mythology — who doesn’t? — and I can hear the nightlife of Mykonos and sunsets of Crete calling me. Best part? There is a ferry from Israel. We could visit my sister, brother-in-law and nephew and hop on over. We could even head to Jordan to see Petra, one of the seven wonders of the world.

Sigh. We could see Taj Mahal another day, right?

It’s just that I love to travel so much — I want to go in a thousand different directions at once. Downside: Riots and debt crisis :(


U.S. News Travel ranks Hawaiian islands Kauai and Maui its Top 2 honeymoon spots — ahead of Paris and Niagra Falls.

So that’s a thought.

I was in Hawaii before when I was a kid, but it’s hard to argue with Hawaii.


My family on my mother’s side comes from Japan, and my Aunt Ida is always saying I should learn the language — the least I could do is visit.

I want to see Tokoyo with is frenetic colors and pace of life. I want to go up into the mountains — maybe Fuji mountain, which I sometimes forget is more than a sushi restaurant — and sit in hot springs surrounded by snow monkeys. I want to watch traditional Kabuki Theater.

I want to drink tea in ceremonies I’m sure to mangle; I want to see Buddhist temples and skyscrapers that sway in the wind.

I want to learn what the word “sushi” really means and slurp udon noodles even though it’s considered vulgar. I want, I want, I want.

And then my Aunt Cora emailed us. My grandmother’s sister isn’t going to be able to make it to the wedding — a real shame because I can’t wait for Joel to meet her.

She said she has a beach house in Honolulu we can stay at. I mean, lots of people do that — stay with family. So my family is in Hawaii.

Hard to argue with Hawaii.

I think we’ll end of taking our trip next year when we have more vacations day again. So that’s something to look forward to after the wedding.

You know, besides marriage ;)

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