updated 01/31/2012 AT 11:45 AM ET
•originally published 01/31/2012 AT 9:00 AM ET
Puerto Rico does it better! I can’t say enough good things about Puerto Rico and the women I brought here on The Bachelor.
I had caught a bit of a cold in Utah the week prior (so please forgive my nasally voice on Monday’s entire episode), but I was feeling good about where my relationships were, and knew this week would hopefully bring more romance and feelings.
I had never been to the Caribbean before and was really excited for some sunshine and water related dates with the 11 remaining women. I was also really hoping that the drama from Utah would have subsided by now, but boy was I wrong.
Watching the episode I was so flattered to see how excited Nicki got when her name was on the date card. It feels really good to know that she seems as genuinely invested in our relationship as I am.
I chose Nicki for my first date in Puerto Rico because I really was starting to like her and considered her somewhat of a dark horse. She would constantly surprise me during our conversations and especially when watching her interact with the other women. She always seemed to have a positive attitude regardless of the situation at hand.
When the rain started to come down harder than I have ever experienced before, I was hoping Nicki could roll with the punches, and she did. It was hysterical! We were getting lost running through the streets, stomping through puddles, and she never worried about her makeup. My kind of woman.
And our new garb was so rad I could hardly contain myself. I had a bunch of cigars in my pocket to really finish off the look, but unfortunately wasn’t able to smoke any.