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    Wonderful to be here.

    Good morning everyone,

    This is my first time on this particular forum. I'm looking forward to meeting new friends here and perhaps chatting with some familiar ones as well.

    For a bit of background, I've been going to Aruba, on and off, since 1980. To put that into some perspective; back then Eastern Airlines was the main US carrier to Aruba; Manchebo Beach (which is where I stayed) and Talk of the Town each had the top restaurants in Aruba, and when the sun went down, everybody went to Scaramouche!!! Anybody remember any of those things?

    Times have changed to be sure but I still love coming to Aruba. We split our vacation time during the year; Maui in May and October, and Aruba in January.

    We're booked for The Mill, Jan.17-25, 2009.

    Anyway, looking forward to hearing from everyone.

    Bye for now,


    Glenn

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    Hi Glenn, welcome!

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    Glenn, you'll like this forum...if i do say so myself, we're pretty cool..You probably know more about the island than we do...thanks for joining

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    Glenn,
    Welcome ! Anything information new and old is always welcome,,,,,especially those tails about long ago.........
    ARUBA....HOME AWAY FROM HOME

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    tell us your thoughts of the changes you have seen over the years

    ever consider ditching maui and doing aruba 2x annually?

    thanks for joining the forum

    you'll like us i hope
    andrea

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    Good morning eveyone,

    Thank you so much for your warm welcome and kind words.

    Andrea, you want to know what I think about the changes. First, let me tell you what has not changed. Aruba was, in 1980, a clean, safe, stable, reliable, well-run place. In spite of all the development and other changes, those characteristics still remain.

    There has been lots of development, and therefore more hotel, dining, casino, watersport and activity choices. Do I miss anything from the old days (1980)? Yes. Where have the Indonesian restaurants gone? No more Bali, no more Dwarvang Java (Java Cottage). You can't get rijstafel to save your life anymore! And, Scaramouche? So many memories, (I won't share them here. We're supposed to keep it clean here, right?), but like all good things, it came to an end.


    Andrea and Cindy, I'll try to write my posts as if the 3 of us are sitting at a beach bar around 4 o'clock, talking about our favourite places in Aruba. If our spouses or anybody else wants to join in, they can pull up a chair, order a drink and chime in anytime.

    Take care and have a super day,

    Bye for now,


    Glenn

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