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    Andrea,

    I'm enjoying your trip reports. Keep 'em coming!

    Sorry to hear about the flies at Renaissance Island. When I was at the Ren in January, I went to the private island everyday. No problem with flies... except on one of those days. I was on the adult side, and the flies were awful! I then decided to see if the family side was any better, and thankfully, no fly problem there.

    I hope the flies fly away, and that you and Paul have some wonderful peaceful days on the island!

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    Were the flies due to lack of wind?

    Enjoy!

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    Too bad about the flies. Bummer. Keep up the "magic" at the Casinos.

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    i don't think so.
    some folks by the pool yesterday said that the flies on the island have been plentiful and they've been here for 3 weeks already. they said that up til yesterday, the winds have been "blowing" strongly.

    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    Were the flies due to lack of wind?

    Enjoy!

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    liz the "magic" is that we turned "our money into their money"
    Quote Originally Posted by Liz - Aruba Lover View Post
    Too bad about the flies. Bummer. Keep up the "magic" at the Casinos.

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    Have a great day 3 Andrea. Looks like not too much breeze again this morning hope it picks up for you. Love your daily reports :-) Better luck on your slots you may have to go look for your lucky buffalo machine (I think that was you talking about it last time, not sure)

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    Give us a little input on the renovations going on at the Ren. I don't remember having a problem with flys at Ren Island. Is it something new?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    Day 1 May 9



    Our flight on Air Tran formerly known as Value Jet (OMG) and soon to be known as SWA.
    From Orlando to Aruba, non stop, left on time and arrived 10 min early!
    We upgraded for $40 each to sit business class, not for the alcohol or better snack, but because Paul has disc problems that are problematic especially last 4 days and I have been recovering from a piriformis muscle injury causing sciatica. We are both hobbling and are having difficulty sitting...so the better seats in business were a good option. We both slept from shortly after take off til landing.
    Flight apparently was smooth.


    Maneuvering thru the airport was a breeze. Immigration lines were non existent. Luggage came swiftly. Parrot Bay and Kahlua were readily accessible at Duty free store. I donít know the price of Kahlua, I think it was 2 for $34 and the Parrot Bay was $17. Aruba Customs waved us thru and no mention of us going over the limit.
    No line at Digicel where I got a SIM for the phone.
    Hans (Tropic Car rental) was ready for us and we were out of the airport in 16 minutes. Amazing.


    Even more amazing, was our unit 2125 at the Renaissance Ocean Suites was ready and it was only 1:55 pm.


    Paul laid down with his ice pack, I unpacked, (the food that we brought from home was rock solid frozen) then I hopped into the pool then sat for a while talking with some nice folks from Indiana.


    Dinner was early at Hung Paradise at the Seaport Marketplace. We split a Loempia, each had a bowl of tomato soup and a chicken/veggie/rice dish. Tons leftover and will make a nice lunch tomorrow.


    Visited with Bullyís wife, son and inlaws and saw the beautiful new patio!
    Their home is lovely and blood sweat and tears have gone into it!!
    Bully was working and I was reminded that tomorrow is his last day before their vacation. He will be back at the end of May! Enjoy your well deserved break Bully, Judella and Kevin!


    Stopped at Lings for a few provisions.
    The store is looking great and new ownership is making great strides in keeping it very competitive with Super Foods.


    We went back to the Renaissance where Paul called it a night and I went with a friend to the Ritz Casino.
    The casino was empty and we each lost $50 so called it a night.
    The Ritzís lobby was in my opinion designed for a business traveler.
    It reminds me of a business hotel, not a resort property.
    I did not see any of the rooms or the beach. I only saw the lobby and the casino.


    Here it is almost ll pm and DH has been snoring since 8


    Tomorrow, we will lay low and hang at the pool here as he will not be up to all of the walking involved with heading to Renaissance Island.


    I will write later tomorrow.

    Keeping up with your daily reports after a nice Mother's Day weekend!!

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    Andrea I'm thinking about the SIM card for my phone. Can you give me an idea how much it is and if I'll be able to call international??

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    the phone SIM was just for a basic samsung aruba phone…not a smart phone.
    the price Sim and minutes was in the $30s

    i have been using my iphone and ipad for facetime using wifi

    basically that aruba cell phone is so i can be in touch with my dog sitter as she does not use a computer and cannot hear me when i skype voice call. so the phone is really just used for calling her and making dinner reservations.
    and to call my friend Kathy/Steve aka Sugar, as we need to be talked into her neighborhood and always get lost.
    Quote Originally Posted by lizvegana View Post
    Andrea I'm thinking about the SIM card for my phone. Can you give me an idea how much it is and if I'll be able to call international??

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