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    Now you can relax and enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    Annnnnnd....we're here! Weeping has stopped.

    We're sitting at Tierra Del Sol...yes, we're giving Ventanas another shot.

    Relieved to be here!!!
    Glad you got there... it was a cliff hanger for a while!

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    This is going to be good











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    Day 1

    Turbulent flight down but we made it. Not sure it was a great idea for the flight attendant to remind everyone of the twenty-five people that were recently injured in turbulence over Canada a little while ago. I get it: have your seatbelt on at all times but still... scare tactics in the air? Not cool.

    Sailed through Happy Flow and surprise, surprise... there was nobody waiting at the baggage carousels: our flight was the only one in! Woo-hoo! The luggage was already waiting... we must have shot through the airport in under twenty minutes! Hertz: empty... in the car in under ten minutes. A belated Christmas miracle!

    Took the backroads to the house and, again, very quick... my angst-y nature felt like this was all going too well and I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop.

    House was in great condition... so happy to be back.

    The Spouse unpacked while I shot off to Ling's. THERE'S where everybody is... Ling's was a madhouse! But I schlepped around and bought all the staples and headed back to the manse.

    We decided to give Ventanas Del Mar (I actually think it's just called "The Restaurant" now) another shot in the hopes that the last visit was just an off night. Glad we did. They're back on their service game and the food was wonderful - I had escargot and the seafood special, The Spouse had the duck liver and the ever-present osso bucco. We sat outside: nice breeze, no bugs and the patio is lit up beautifully with hanging lights.

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    A wonderful start.

    Our friends arrive on Tuesday for their first trip to Aruba so it'll be fun seeing it through newbie eyes again.
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    scare tactics not good, but they do make their point known i guess.
    forum member "chad" was injured on a usairways flight a few years ago, due to turbulence.
    he suffered a concussion and was out fo work for a month or so.


    glad that the "restaurant" was wonderful.
    that is a great start.

    how long are you there?

    thank you for taking the time to share.
    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    Day 1

    Turbulent flight down but we made it. Not sure it was a great idea for the flight attendant to remind everyone of the twenty-five people that were recently injured in turbulence over Canada a little while ago. I get it: have your seatbelt on at all times but still... scare tactics in the air? Not cool.

    Sailed through Happy Flow and surprise, surprise... there was nobody waiting at the baggage carousels: our flight was the only one in! Woo-hoo! The luggage was already waiting... we must have shot through the airport in under twenty minutes! Hertz: empty... in the car in under ten minutes. A belated Christmas miracle!

    Took the backroads to the house and, again, very quick... my angst-y nature felt like this was all going too well and I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop.

    House was in great condition... so happy to be back.

    The Spouse unpacked while I shot off to Ling's. THERE'S where everybody is... Ling's was a madhouse! But I schlepped around and bought all the staples and headed back to the manse.

    We decided to give Ventanas Del Mar (I actually think it's just called "The Restaurant" now) another shot in the hopes that the last visit was just an off night. Glad we did. They're back on their service game and the food was wonderful - I had escargot and the seafood special, The Spouse had the duck liver and the ever-present osso bucco. We sat outside: nice breeze, no bugs and the patio is lit up beautifully with hanging lights.

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    A wonderful start.

    Our friends arrive on Tuesday for their first trip to Aruba so it'll be fun seeing it through newbie eyes again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    how long are you there?
    We're here for two weeks this trip and back in February for another two weeks - one month of no winter!!!

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    Day 2

    The excitement continues!

    We implemented a lot of smart home monitoring technology when we closed on the house so we had a few things to do as some of the monitors/devices weren't functioning properly while we were up north. Lots of testing and resetting for the most part. Everything seems to be functioning now. The Setar internet connection is still a little dodgy but we're working through it.

    Spent a good chunk of the afternoon in the pool catching up with our neighbour and getting some sun. While it's not "blistering" hot like other times of the year, it's still hot so we were careful not be lulled into a false sense of security when it comes to sun screen. Made that mistake. Once.

    Cooked dinner in and watched movies. The decompression from work is still happening so low-key helps speed that along. That and a few adult beverages and we're all set!

    There are still fireworks and pagaras being fired off all over the place. It was fun at first but it's starting to get annoying when you hear one go off at 3 a.m. Our neighbour is losing her mind as it's been going on since Dec 27th and, with Carnival being early this year, is probably going to continue until the end of February. A lot of pets get freaked out, run off and go missing (our neighbour runs a FaceBook site to post about missing animals) so that's a disconcerting byproduct of all the explosions/noise.

    But I'm looking out at the rising sun on another beautiful day and can handle some loud noises!

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    You had me laughing from the word go. Too bad the flight crew could not appreciate your humor, thankfully I never have to worry about De-icing where I fly out from, a huge bonus from living in the tropics. Lucky you visiting now with another visit scheduled in February, awesome sauce. Keep the posts and laughs coming.
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    Yay! I'm so excited for another installment!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    another forum member who is vacationing in aruba over new years was annoyed with the late night fireworks as well.
    it gets old, real fast.

    enjoy and keep us laughing.

    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    Day 2

    The excitement continues!

    We implemented a lot of smart home monitoring technology when we closed on the house so we had a few things to do as some of the monitors/devices weren't functioning properly while we were up north. Lots of testing and resetting for the most part. Everything seems to be functioning now. The Setar internet connection is still a little dodgy but we're working through it.

    Spent a good chunk of the afternoon in the pool catching up with our neighbour and getting some sun. While it's not "blistering" hot like other times of the year, it's still hot so we were careful not be lulled into a false sense of security when it comes to sun screen. Made that mistake. Once.

    Cooked dinner in and watched movies. The decompression from work is still happening so low-key helps speed that along. That and a few adult beverages and we're all set!

    There are still fireworks and pagaras being fired off all over the place. It was fun at first but it's starting to get annoying when you hear one go off at 3 a.m. Our neighbour is losing her mind as it's been going on since Dec 27th and, with Carnival being early this year, is probably going to continue until the end of February. A lot of pets get freaked out, run off and go missing (our neighbour runs a FaceBook site to post about missing animals) so that's a disconcerting byproduct of all the explosions/noise.

    But I'm looking out at the rising sun on another beautiful day and can handle some loud noises!

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