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Final Day in Orlando

Posted on August 17, 2019 by under Travel, Zumba.    

Brian and I got some much needed pool time after the ZINCON closing session.

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It was a hot one!

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Afterwards, we went to our favorite restaurant, the Pub Orlando, for dinner. We had our first and last meals in Orlando there. We love it that much!

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Bumped into DJ Dani on our way back from dinner.

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With Renee and Kizzy from Soca Xplosion.

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They packed up super quick. By Sunday afternoon, there was no trace of ZINCON in sight. The stage, the window clings, the signage — all gone.

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Pictures of the beautiful Hilton Orlando lobby. Hotel was great. Resort pool was great. Still not a fan of the long walk to the Hyatt. LOL.

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ZW Insider Photo Shoot

Posted on August 13, 2019 by under Travel, Zumba.    

Speaking of photos, I did make it to the Zumba Wear Insider 3-Star photo shoot on Thursday. Brought my new gear with me and snapped up a few pics.

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These home office gals are super cool. I love seeing them every year.

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As if that weren’t enough, Brian and I also had our own little photo shoots.

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The Hilton Orlando resort pool area is so beautiful, it’s the prefect place to take photos. This is all for now. Come back next time for more ZINCON recaps.

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ZINCON Kick Off Day

Posted on August 12, 2019 by under Travel, Zumba.    

Thursday was ZINCON kickoff day. Naturally, I wore all new stuff I got from the store the previous day. 😉

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In case you are curious about what all I got, here’s a video clip of me trying on my new Zumba wear finds.

I did go back to the store with Brian after the ZIN Flavors Master Class to get this button up shirt. I originally didn’t want one but, after seeing it on a bunch of the presenters, I just had to have it.

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Took some fun pics with the giant signage.

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Pic of me and Brian while I was waiting to get in to the kick off session.

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Got a pretty good spot at kick off and I was joined by Joel, Mara and Danielle.

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Danielle and I wore the same shirt that day.

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I left as kick off was wrapping up because the gift shop was about to open. Brian had been holding my spot in line. Thanks to him, I was the first one in!

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After shopping a bit, it was time to head to my first session — a master class with Mauricio Camargo. I also had Bring It with Prince and Madelle Paltu-Ob and Marlex Pangalunan and House Experience with Benjamin Richard and Rodrigo Angello later that day. I didn’t stay for pics for any of these.

In hindsight, I kind of wish that I would have stayed for pics because I didn’t get a lot of pics on kickoff day. And I regret that. The lines were just sooo long, though! Perhaps next year. Until then, GNG.

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Traveling to Orlando

Posted on August 7, 2019 by under Food and Drink, Travel.    

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Obligatory airplane selfie.

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Upon our arrival at the Orlando airport, we were greeted by the same chauffeur we had in 2013. What are the odds?

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Our first stop that night was the Pub, our favorite place to eat in the area.

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Our first drinks in Orlando.

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Brian’s favorite meal.

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I love the fish and chips at the Pub. This time they had an option on the menu to get fish and chips and shrimp.

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It was a nice night for a walk, so we took the long way back to our hotel. Grabbed a few pics on the way.

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It was a long day but there’s always time for a few pics.

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We stayed at the Hilton this time because the Hyatt Regency was already full by the time I registered, which was within a couple of hours of registration opening. It was ridiculous. Anyway, the Hilton also does the commemorative ZINCON keys so at least I still got one to add to my collection.

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We went to check out the fitness center in the morning. It was decent but not as nice as the one at the Hyatt.

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I guess it’s a lot nicer than most hotel gyms.

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We did some exploring that day.

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The rooms are just okay and it’s on the opposite side of the Orange County Convention Center from the Hyatt so the location is not idea but the resort pool is phenomenal!

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It is much bigger and nicer than the resort pool at the Hyatt.

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And, they have a lazy river. Bonus!

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There’s even a splash pool for the kiddos.

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There are a few fire pit areas with food and beverage service.

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The pool grounds are super nice!

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Besides that, it’s like a legit resort with activities and everything. I just wish it wasn’t so far away. Anyway, next post will be all about ZINCON. Check back soon!

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Our Final Day in Costa Rica

Posted on May 18, 2019 by under Travel.    

The day after Jay’s birthday was our final full day in Costa Rica. We originally talked about going ziplining at the adventure park next door but we were all too tired from the previous day’s festivities. We ended up taking the day as another recovery day.

Brian took the whole recovery day idea seriously. He barely left our room. He spent the day catching up on Star Trek episodes.

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Justin, Tina, Alicia, and Kirk went scuba diving. Jay is a pouty in this photo because he was supposed to go with them (it was actually his idea to do it) but then he got sick at the last minute.

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Here they all are being such good students and listening intently to the dive instructor. The rest of group (plus Jay because now he couldn’t dive with the others) decided to go shopping for souvenirs at Coco Beach.

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I didn’t get a ton of pics because I was busy looking for deals. I did buy Brian a nice straw baseball cap. I was pretty proud of myself for negotiating it down from $15 to $12 until I found it another store for $12 because then I was thinking I might have been able to negotiate it down to $10. I also did not get that good of a deal on the shot glasses I bought for one of my Aqua Zumba students at VASA. I got a set of three cute little shot glasses for $9 but then at another store I found even better ones that come in a neat box for the same price.

My negotiation skills weren’t bad for someone whose Spanish is quite rusty. My mistake was breaking the first rule of souvenir shopping. You’re not supposed to buy from the first store you stop at. While I didn’t buy from the first store, I bought from one of the first few stores we visited. Had I been more patient and waited until we were more inland, I would have gotten better prices.

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Anyway, after shopping around a bit, the guys got hungry and decided to be adventurous. Jay and Marc decided to try some Costa Rican street food.

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Here they are with their meat sticks.

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After our shopping excursion, we went back to the resort for lunch and spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out at the pool.

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This is pretty much what we do to reserve our lounge chairs.

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My Wichita flag came in quite handy.

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It wasn’t just a unique way to personalize our area but it also made our lounge chairs easier to find. There was no way you could miss us.

This is pretty much where we spent most of our time at the pool.

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In between pool time and dinner, we decided that we would have a group sunset photo shoot at the beach.

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This is us taking a few selfies while waiting for everyone to show up.

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Here’s our super awesome group photo.

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Here’s a pic that Jay took with his phone on the way to dinner.

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Speaking of dinner, here are a few pics I took at the buffet.

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We had such a fun week celebrating this guy’s big 40th birthday. We didn’t want it to end so after dinner we decided to have a night cap at Marc and Reniece’s suite.

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This is the view from Marc and Reniece’s terrace.

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A few of us hanging out in their outdoor hot tub.

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The next morning… here’s one final group pic at the airport on departure day. Jay was pouty that his birthday trip was coming to and end.

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What a fun trip it was, though! As a recap, here are some of our favorite group pictures…

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This is the Wichita group at the Wichita airport at the start of our adventure.

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A picture of our group on our way to Lake Arenal. Whee!

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At the end of our boat tour around Lake Arenal.

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At the hot springs…

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At the pool bar…

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At the pool…

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We had such a great time on this trip that we’re already talking about taking another trip with the same group.

That’s our 2019 Costa Rica trip in a nutshell. #VacayWithJayJay #PuraVida

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