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    Hi all from arubatrekker.

    Hello from Long Island, New York. Well 52 days to go and we are off to Aruba for our 22nd time. Actually our first visit was in 1985 and we stayed at the Divi Divi which is now the Divi Aruba. In 1986 we we stayed at the Divi Divi again and during that stay we bought our timeshare at Dutch Village. Can't wait, we are just as exited as we were the first visit. We have seen Aruba grow during the years but one place we miss was, Twinklebones. All you Aruba veterans will remember the wonderful dinners and the show the staff performed afterwards especially the conga line which took up almost the entire restaurant while everyone sang Buster Poindexters hot hot hot. They re-opened and called it Twinkletones, but it was'nt like the original. We met and made friends at the Dutch Village, Divi Aruba and Tamirijn that is what we love about Aruba. It's like going home again. Well in due time we will be sitting at the bunker bar or the sandpiper on Druif beach for happy hour. Until then.

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    twinkelbones/tones...............ahh they certainly did put on a show....
    that dinner/show was our son's favorite.

    welcome to the aruba.com community forum and i still call divi aruba the divi divi

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    Hi! Welcome to the forum! I'm sure you have many interesting Aruba stories to share!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Thank you Andrea and Jacki, In 1985 their were I think 3 or 4 hotels a handful of restaurants and Dutch Village was'nt even completed. I also remember in 2000 seaport village was built and there was a restaurant called the waterfront crabhouse, they are gone now as is La Germania. Across from the crabhouse was a glass enclosure where tessa the bengal tiger lived. Tessa eventually died of old age, I'm not quite sure what year that was but alot of people were very upset that tessa was in captivity. At the airport the planes parked on the tarmac and you had to walk to the terminal. There you were greeted by lovely ladies who handed a hibiscus flower and booklets to us. I remember calling to make reservations for Thanksgiving dinner at La Dolce Vita and when I was asked how many people I responded 32. There was complete silence for a moment and the gentleman said " Oh my we don't have a table big enough to accomodate but we have another small room next to the kitchen, we can set up a table big enough to accomodate but it may get a little warm because of the kitchen". I said no problem. Well we had a great dinner and after a few drinks being a little to warm did'nt matter. Divi Village and Divi Links did'nt exist it was a hugh empty field. A taxi ride anywhere on the island was $3.00 and airfare from New York to Aruba was under $300.00. Aruba is better than ever and growing.

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    oh yes that poor tiger
    she was the original exxon tiger.
    she died in 2004 or 2005.

    do you remember the tigers in that enclosure "pre tessa?" they belonged to a man that had a show at the crystal seaport casino showroom. he'd walk the tiger(s) down the main aisle as an entrance!! that was probably in the mid 80s...i think tessa arrived in 97 or 98?

    a friend of mine from maine was the lobster supplier for the waterfront crabhouse.
    i was never especially wild about the place and thought it was way overpriced...

    i do not remember the $3 taxi rides, but pretty much we have always rented cars.

    love hearing your "remember this?"

    thanks for sharing

    any more?

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    Thank you Andrea and Jacki, In 1985 their were I think 3 or 4 hotels a handful of restaurants and Dutch Village was'nt even completed. I also remember in 2000 seaport village was built and there was a restaurant called the waterfront crabhouse, they are gone now as is La Germania. Across from the crabhouse was a glass enclosure where tessa the bengal tiger lived. Tessa eventually died of old age, I'm not quite sure what year that was but alot of people were very upset that tessa was in captivity. At the airport the planes parked on the tarmac and you had to walk to the terminal. There you were greeted by lovely ladies who handed a hibiscus flower and booklets to us. I remember calling to make reservations for Thanksgiving dinner at La Dolce Vita and when I was asked how many people I responded 32. There was complete silence for a moment and the gentleman said " Oh my we don't have a table big enough to accomodate but we have another small room next to the kitchen, we can set up a table big enough to accomodate but it may get a little warm because of the kitchen". I said no problem. Well we had a great dinner and after a few drinks being a little to warm did'nt matter. Divi Village and Divi Links did'nt exist it was a hugh empty field. A taxi ride anywhere on the island was $3.00 and airfare from New York to Aruba was under $300.00. Aruba is better than ever and growing.

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    Our first visit to Aruba was in 1998 and the plane parked on the tarmac then - I thought that was SO COOL!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    I loved that walk, it said, were here. Andrea, I do remember the tigers prior to tessa but I don't remember them in the crystal casino showroom. I did'nt spend alot of time at the crystal casino or the seaport casino and if we did go there it was during the early part of the day when the ladies went shopping. All or most of the time we were at the alhambra. By the way does anybody remember Rogers the doorman/greeter at the alhambra in his genie outfit with a big curved sword. Last we heard during our last visit in 2011 he retired and was not a well man. We hope he is okey. He is a wonderful gentleman.

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    Yes Rogers the Alhambra genie. He has diabetes. That is why he retired. I have no idea how he is doing. HE shook many hands!!

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    Welcome to the forum, do you remember the goats across from the high rise area and the pipes along the entrance ways to keep them out? The island sure has changed since then...some good, some bad. We still consider AUA our home away from home. The Tam and Divi do a great job welcoming the repeat customers back....especially the bartenders!!! Have a great trip, we are also heading down Dec. 4th with 4 other couples to the Tam, won't be hard to spot us at the Bunker Bar..Cheers!!!!!

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    Thanks teamaruba. i do remember that and also the original golf course which had its fair share of goats and donkeys. The first fairway had a hugh water pipe going across it and we tried to hit it, we did a few times but we never looked for the ball because there was a swamp on the left side and who knows what was lurking in it. We will be there 'till December 7th. Have a wonderful trip.

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