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    No selfie stick for me, I'd probably end up hitting someone with it Lol Love your reports !

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    Another great day in Paradise.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindyo View Post
    Love reading your report!

    Teheeee , have a selfie pole... Got it for Europe... Just teasing you. They are obnoxious but got it anyway. My daughters are Gona be mortified when I pull it out on vacation
    I''m planning on picking up a gopro before our next trip because I miss my underwater camera so much and they have selfie stick sort of things. I definitely can see the use of those things my problem is more that people that use them seem to take so many selfies. The couple we watched started taking them before noon and were still going strong when we left at 4:30.

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    Wow you are accident prone! First the wrist then the burn? No more drinking when cooking or lifting. :>) Enjoy! Keep the reports coming.
    I knew someone would say that but oddly enough I am anything but accident prone its usually her but somehow we ended up doing a freaky Friday switcheroo. Was the strangest thing! I can't even remember the last time I stubbed my toe.











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    I kind of want a selfie stick and a Go Pro too for that matter. If you are looking for a good underwater camera, you may want to consider the Olympus TG-3; that's the camera that Aruba Bob Snorkeling Tours uses and their underwater pictures are phenomenal.

    Your day on Palm sounds pretty great to me. I really need to try one of those Italian Beef sandwiches.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    I kind of want a selfie stick and a Go Pro too for that matter. If you are looking for a good underwater camera, you may want to consider the Olympus TG-3; that's the camera that Aruba Bob Snorkeling Tours uses and their underwater pictures are phenomenal.

    Your day on Palm sounds pretty great to me. I really need to try one of those Italian Beef sandwiches.
    We do a lot of floating and relaxing. Nothing too intense. We actually had all sorts of things planned but decided against it after a day or two and canceled a bunch of our plans. Can't get another camera that doesn't fit in my pocket, my camera bag is starting to get entirely too bulky. I like that the GoPro Hero Black records in 4k.











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    So by now all of our plans were already shot since we hadn’t been following the itinerary we planned out. I am actually much cooler with this than she is as I see an itinerary as more of a guideline where she sees it as the trips bible. Sometimes I wonder if subconsciously I may sabotage things just to add a bit of exploration.

    One of the things Maggie wanted to do was ride the trolley so today we planned on doing that. We started off by heading into Oranjestad and of course saw no signs of the trolley. Now I had checked and there were 3 cruise ships scheduled to be in port so I knew it would be running. After walking around for a bit we did spot it. Didn’t know its route but figured out what would be a logical way to intercept it and were able to catch it by the bus terminal.

    We did the circuit front ways and then it reverses course and goes back through. Interesting enough when you get to the end it doesn’t turn or anything, instead what they did is reverse the seats so they are actually facing in the opposite direction of what they started. Met an older couple from Southhampton that were on a 2 month transatlantic cruise. It was there first time in Aruba. Not sure they thought much of Aruba but who would if you spend all of your time in the downtown area.

    After that bit of excitement we decided today would be a great day to go check out San Nicolas and head on down to baby beach. Never been to San Nicolas before but wanted to put visuals to the imagery Putkowski portrayed in his book.

    On the way down we stopped at the Tia Rosa food truck. The last time we were in Aruba we tried to stop there but it was closed. This time we were fortunate enough to be able to give it a shot. We ordered cheese pastechi and a chicken patacone. If you are wondering what a patacone is think of a sandwich where you substitute two large and flat plantains for bread and fill it with slow cooked shredded chicken, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and some sort of sauce. Extremely filling, messy and remarkably delicious. I can see why they won the battle of the food trucks.

    Next we headed into San Nicolas. Putkowski did a heck of a job portraying San Nicolas to us as we actually found Charlies based on things he described in the book instead of any signs. Not sure I’ve ever seen a space filled with so many knick knacks. Cornelius the guy behind the bar blew us away when he told us how much time he spends each day dusting everything. I’d quit!

    Was kind of cool to hear that he was a character in ”An Island Away”. Also told us that we missed one of the main characters by about an hour. Got some interesting insights from him, also learned that Putkowski was currently on island. Didn’t eat anything there only had a couple of beers. Didn’t want to get too crazy since we were going to be on the road. Next time I think we are going to make it a point to see specific locations from the book.

    They did a pretty good job on Baby beach. Last time we were there it was under construction. Spent maybe 3 hours there. Most of the time we were in the water floating on papasans. Seems that anytime we got out of the water there was a bee around which she is deathly afraid of. I swear this is the only spot on Aruba where I ever see them, anyone know why?

    On the way back up we spotted another eatery that was on our list called La Granja. No one inside spoke english but we worked our way around it. Got a half chicken (delicious), rice, garlic potatoes and fries for like 12 bucks. Definitely will be stopping there again as well as the Tia Rosa food truck. I like the local type places.

    At night we headed back into town to the West Deck. The last time I was there it was great but this time it was just okay for me. I think its because we ordered actual meals instead of just apps. Whatever the reason I don’t think it did enough for either of us to make a special trip into town the next time we are in Aruba.

    Finished up the night at Bugaloe. It rained pretty heavily from what I remember. Pretty funny because we wanted to leave but couldn’t due to the rain so we just ended up ordering drinks until it stopped. Once it did we power walked back to our place to recap todays action and read a bit more. NIce and relaxing trip so far.












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    Hubby has a Gropro camera, no stick, we dive/snorkel and have a mask the Gopro attaches to, it's great. Sounds like your having a great time and I love reading your trip reports ..for us, 28 wks and counting lol !!

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    Didn't abandon this trip report. There was a death in Maggie's family this past week, free time was hard to come by.











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    please offer our condolences.

    Quote Originally Posted by burghboy View Post
    Didn't abandon this trip report. There was a death in Maggie's family this past week, free time was hard to come by.
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 03-21-2015 at 10:32 AM.

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    Thoughts and prayers heading your way...












    You are in our thoughts and prayers

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