We decided to hit the Hyatt brunch at Ruinas Del Mar after reading some good reviews. Ugh. So much food and EXPENSIVE. And I question what they deem, "champagne". More like "sham-pain" or "palate destroyer". That won't be a re-visit.
We then hit the casino at the Hyatt where I spent $60 and I won this...!
We headed back to the villa so we could stop bleeding money.
Visited with friends to see their new house in Malmok... beautiful. They've done a lot of work on it and it's probably one of the nicest houses on the island now. We love the Malmok area: interesting architecture and a real "neighbourhood" feel to it.
Dinner at the villa and an early night with dreams of giant tables of food and slot machines attacking me.
Those useless slot machine tickets with a lousy few cents on them are great book marks!!! I have at least 50 of them.
Sorry you didn't like Ruinas. We've not had the buffet but that is our "special" dinner place and have always loved the food. Expensive is absolutely right, but if their casino is kind to us, we return the money to the restaurant.
Running around doing errands like mad so the posting had to take a back seat. We've hit some big milestones while here so we were happy to do all the leg work.
We went to the tax office - what vacation is complete without a visit? LOL Put all our affairs in order and we were out in a relatively painless one hour. Anybody who's interacted there knows that's an island miracle.
Went to a really cool office to meet an architect - this building DEFINITELY stands out in a great way. The architect is Orlando Hoevertsz... Aruban born, studied in the Netherlands. He also showed us an Dutch roof tile which is incredibly heavy... how the houses remain standing under the weight of all those tiles is a miracle:
Dinner at home and a lot of time spent in the water.
Day 10 November 18, 2014
Chill day. Just going around the island and checking out neighbourhoods. Some really beautiful and unusual architecture. Went to a new business selling fibreglass pools: the owner is from South America and our Spanish is slim-to-none... we had a hilarious time using our Nexus 4 phone to try and communicate through Google Translate... the owner thought it was pretty funny too: apparently the word "landscaping" translates into something VERY different in Spanish via Google Translate. Good times.
Day 11 November 19, 2014
More errands and reading the reports on snow madness in Buffalo, NY. Toronto not getting hit but pretty close. The thought of snow depressed us but nothing a few margaritas in the sun/pool couldn't cure!
Dinner at Carte Blanche. More on that in Culinary.
Day 12 November 20, 2014
VERY quiet day - see the second last sentence in "Day 11 November 19, 2014" for reasoning. LOL
Pool, naps and water.
Day 13 November 21, 2014
More errand madness. Squeezed in some pool time and a fantastic dinner at "Gostoso's". More in culinary. The blues have started to set in.
Day 14 November 22, 2014
Last full day - immersed in the pool for the most part. Sad but refreshed hearing reports that it's going to "warm up" in Toronto for Monday (well... above 0C which I guess is warm for Toronto in November. Sigh.). We went back to "Gostoso" for dinner - read into that what you will. Made a new friend, Angela, in WestPunt who is also a DJ for the FRESH radio station. She made the day even brighter and we look forward to seeing more of her in the future.
Day 15 November 23, 2014
I'm sitting here writing this in the wee hours thinking about how lucky we are to be able to do this twice a year and that we really lucked out finding this island.
When you think about all the islands in the Caribbean that we could have landed on, we definitely found the right one. It was six or seven years ago that I Google'd "warm weather no hurricanes" and the ABCs came up.
We knew the minute the airplane door opened that this was it.
The thing I always miss most (after the people) when we leave is NOT wearing shoes. I know that sounds ridiculous (especially considering the amount I write about restaurants in the forum) but it really is that simple. Socks and shoes feel weird when I put them back on. How can you NOT like an island where flip flops are generally accepted everywhere?!?
But we have to pay for that privilege so it's back to the grind and counting the days until February. Maybe we can bring home some Aruba sun/warmth to Toronto? Sigh. Canada Customs would probably make us throw it out. LOL