Traveling Gils

Somewhere Only We Know | Travels

If someone asked me what I would do instead of my current job (which I love) I’d 100% say I’d want to be a writer/blogger. Between running a business (or three), being a mom, a wife, a family member, and a so-so friend, this part of my life will continue to take a backseat. But, during my mom’s night in last night, I spent the whole time prepping photos and beginning to plan for my next two posts. I could have worked, read, or just done nothing at all, but when there’s any extra time, this what want to do.

I told myself recently that I wanted to stop spending so much time on prepping the photos part of it (it’s soooo time consuming!) and just get back to writing, but the next two posts won’t be that at. all.

But, each year I try to recommit myself to writing. So here it is! Maybe I’ll make it part of my goal list for the second half of the year. (A whole blog that was meant to be written each month, but never was…)

Rudy and I were married in 2011, and went on an amazing honeymoon to the Bahamas. We were a little picky about it not being a big all-inclusive place. It wasn’t until 2015 that we decided to take a “big” anniversary trip to a tropical location. Money was tight so we felt like all-inclusive would be the way to go so we wouldn’t have to stress once we got there. Since that trip to Mexico, we’ve gone every year with the exception of 2017, being just a month away from Gemma’s birth!

We chose Mexico the first year because the flights were the cheapest. In 2016, we decided to go to the Dominican Republic instead—Rudy’s dad is from the Dominican. Once we experienced the love of the people there—and their love for knowing Rudy was Dominicano—I don’t know if we will ever pick another location—it’s just so beautiful, and it feels like “home”. We had photos taken while were there in 2016, and they were gorgeous. I felt like I walked on to a screensaver.

Oh, simple thing, where have you gone?
I’m getting old, and I need something to rely on
So tell me when you’re gonna let me in
I’m getting tired, and I need somewhere to begin


Since then, we’ve sort of felt like this trip was sacred. It’s on the calendar for us to reset each year, and celebrate another year of life together. Last year, we were faced with the choice of leaving Gemma behind in the States, who was 11 months at the time, or bringing her on the trip, which wouldn’t have given us much “reset” time, especially still being new parents.

With (very) little convincing, we got Rudy’s parents on board to come along last year, so that we could have the best of both worlds! We got to bring Gemma, and get to experience the joy of her in another culture. (Dominicans loooove babies!) But, we also got some time alone, and nights off too! Although I wanted photos taken last year, Gemma couldn’t even walk so it felt a little bit like a waste. Plus, we had just had Gil family photos taken a few weeks earlier! (And pending 1 year photos, too!)

This year, you could say we were all counting down the days from the minute 2019 rolled around! It’s easy to get excited about, and nice to have something to look forward to in the bleak months of winter. I hope the tradition continues for many years to come. Our photographer sent us a slideshow of the photos with the song “Somewhere Only We Know” attached to it, and I had heard the song before, but never really paid attention to the words. The Dominican Republic has become a place where we reset and recover.

I came across a fallen tree
I felt the branches of it looking at me
Is this the place we used to love?
Is this the place that I’ve been dreaming of?


This year we captured some magic of the islands, and I’d love for you see a little slice of our sacred paradise!

So why don’t we go
Somewhere only we know?


If you know me, you know I love photos, but we actually got a video too, and it’s just incredible. Something about the motion, and the music. I’ve cried every time I’ve watched it so far. If you need a little more beach magic…

Photo credit: Photo by Karina

One Comment

  • Rachel

    So, now I am crying after watching the video. Such a beautiful video and pictures! (Plus, I don’t believe in anyone crying alone!!) I loved the blog post.

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