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    we had planned on buying this when we were in aruba in MAY, but the unit that we were assigned at the renaissance ocean suites picked up the free wifi that is provided for the lobby area. our room was close enough to the lobby so we were able to access free wifi.

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    $15 a day? Do they have a weekly option? Yikes - that could get expensive!

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    Thanks for a great report, can't wait to get there myself. I travel a lot and know what you mean about "the families". My daughter and her son (15 mos.) are coming down to stay for a few days while we are on the island. Although she will be travelling with my son and his girlfriend she is terrified she will be "that family". She has been reading forums and blogs and just about everything she can to make her trip as smooth as possible. If anyone has any tips, please pass them on. Sorry I got a bit off topic...

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    Walt - I think the key is to remember that there are other people and to be courteous. I have flown to Aruba 2x, Los Angeles and Florida all within the first 18 months of my daughters life and we have done fine. Traveling with children IS NOT easy - but if you are patient and courteous, you wont annoy others (that much) and you will get where you are going eventually. One decision we made for this upcoming trip -- no more lap baby. Even though it would have saved me $600 --- I know that my daughter is big enough now where we can really use that seat for her. Airlines permit up to 2 years the child to fly lap... I just couldnt imagine it at this point. Last months trip to Los Angeles was tough.

    That being said --- NOT TRAVELING with children break my heart. I have a lot of friends that just gave up their flying vacation for the first 5 or 6 years of their childrens lives. We refused... we embrace it and have had wonderful times with our daughter wherever we go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shnyda View Post
    ...we embrace it and have had wonderful times with our daughter wherever we go.
    I think that's the key to all this...

    I've been lead to believe that more often than not, the wee one is very much a little reflection of the parents.
    And from what we all witnessed on the plane, both on the way there and on the way back, this was completely and totally accurate.
    Hmmm. Unfortunate that... for someone I suppose.
    *Right at this moment me... as I type this the neighbour child is in his tantrum mode, something that is a case of constant screaming for about 45 minutes, non-stop..... perhaps a reason it drove me so snaky on the plane*


    Cool parents, cool kids, I suppose.
    And thinking on the the kids that weren't, ahem, unruly.... those parents all seemed pretty laid back and relaxed about everything.
    Again, it seems to be the energy everyone in the party is projecting that makes a difference.

    'Nuf said about that... though this story will undoubtedly come up in conversations over the next few weeks....

    I just realized, I don't have to wait another 51 weeks until our return to paradise.... oh joy!
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    Shnyda/Mr. Ratt you both are very correct. Fortunately my kids and grandson are quite laid back at home, and that should carry over to air travel. I have explained to them how to board the plane wth a small child (I have learned from a pro) and I think they will be fine. Thank you both for your insight.

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    Goodness, I forgot to respond to a question about the eyeglasses.... sorry about that.
    I had my glasses upgraded from a 125+ to a 175+, and had the darkest photogray Transitions applied, and it came to literally just under $75.
    Adding to that the fact that it was done in 2 days, dropped off Monday, picked up Thursday... not too bad.
    If the price sounds reasonable or "better" than at home, by all means, go patronize the shop, they're good folks, and it adds to the economy...
    Mr. Ratt
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    Great trip and trip report. We always love reading them to bring us back to paradise. Sean and Susan

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    Thanks Mr. Ratt for responding to my question regarding eyeglasses. Actually I finally broke down this morning and purchased a pair, should be done in a week, $218 (yikes) at Walmart! However, I may just visit this Aruba shop and purchase an extra pair of regular glasses to have on hand. My husband is thinking he will wait and get some prescription sunglasses also. I could not wait any longer as I need them for my walks and rides in my convertible :-)

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    Hi! Thanks for posting the account of your trip to Aruba. I'm sure that everyone on the forum has some interesting experiences that occurred while flying to Aruba. From noisy wild children, to some odd ball fellow passengers. However once you arrive on the island all of those prior maladies just fade away into the atmosphere like vapor and the main focus is on making the most of the next glorious couple of days on the island and enjoying every moment to the fullest.
    Vallon

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