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    Okay so Sunday the first full day started with me sleeping in way too late. I guess my body demands payment for living off basically 5 hours of sleep per night. Finally made it to Palm Beach at around 11 or so. Spent the day there taking it all in thinking about how lucky I am right now. Palm was actually really empty for most of the day. We camp out in front of the Hilton (that paint job really is as ugly as everyone says... looks like a prison).

    I spent a large portion of the day napping which is my Aruba vacations super power. We had a picnic lunch featuring quite possibly the best ham and cheese sandwiches I have ever eaten. Stayed there until 4 or so and headed back home to get cleaned up. The plan was to go to the comedy show which starts at 8. We knew sitting down to have a formal dinner would be pushing things so we decided to go casual and headed over to the local store.

    As soon as I walk in I am greeted by a waiter and 3 seconds later I am accosted by a crazy woman who spins me around hugs me and starts kissing my cheek. I had absolutely no clue who it was but it was a woman and she was hugging and kissing me so I figured that's a win. A few seconds into this I realized it was my friend Marlene from episode 36 (I think) of my podcast. Marlene's son is the manager at the local store and she happened to be having dinner there. She introduced us to everyone and we had a great time catching up and conversing with her husband Jan (chef at Barney's) and a couple of friends who live on island for 6 months out of the year. I'll write up something about the local store in the culinary section some other time.

    After dinner we headed over to the Stellaris for the Aruba Ray Comedy Show. I can never get over how large that property is... takes forever to walk it. Got there just before it started and talked to Ray a bit before hand. When he asked me to sit in front I knew it was a setup. It wasn't as bad as last time but he decided to make me a small part of the show by getting on my case. I'll probably always be known as the guy with commitment issues lol. Ray was funny as usual. The second guy took a bit to get started but once funny once he got rolling. The last guy Bryan Scott McFadden absolutely killed it. This was our 3rd time seeing one of Ray's comedy shows and his set was the funniest one so far. We plan on coming back for the last night of the show Friday. Ray chastised me for paying for last nights tickets so the next one is on his dime.

    Finished off the night at the Eataly food truck. David the owner wasn't there that night. Sorry I missed him because he really is a great and hardworking guy. I will make it a point to stop back through another night. Once again I will write something about that in the culinary section.











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    ahhhh committment issues
    someday we hope to be on island when the coedy show is happening.

    napping is so easy to do when in aruba

    while on palm beach, did you bring chairs or did you rent them from a beach vendor?

    enjoy your dinner tonight and thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    ahhhh committment issues
    someday we hope to be on island when the coedy show is happening.

    napping is so easy to do when in aruba

    while on palm beach, did you bring chairs or did you rent them from a beach vendor?

    enjoy your dinner tonight and thanks for sharing.
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    We always bring our own. The vendor guys used to ask us if we needed anything. These days they know not to even bother.











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    I love reading about your day. I will never get over how we can vacation in exactly the same place and do some of the same things but the experience is still unique and individual. I sure could use one of those Palm Beach naps

    I noticed in one of the pictures posted on Act1966's post that Palm Beach looked quiet today too.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    I love reading about your day. I will never get over how we can vacation in exactly the same place and do some of the same things but the experience is still unique and individual. I sure could use one of those Palm Beach naps
    Well said & so true!


    Commitment issues! Ha!

    I would love to make it to one of his shows. Maybe someday.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    I noticed in one of the pictures posted on Act1966's post that Palm Beach looked quiet today too.
    Yes... Palm Beach was essentially empty on both sides of Bugaloe when we were there yesterday (Monday, Feb 29th) from 11:30 am-noon. More vendors than sunbathers.

    Off topic: I suspect the low performing Canadian dollar is keeping Canadians away right now.

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    Or the leap year extra week thing.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Monday Went to Eagle beach to spend the day. Strangely enough I think I saw more people at Eagle on Monday than Palm the previous day. Was bummed that the Eagle Beach food truck was not open. Luckily we brought ham and cheese sandwiches just in case something like this was to happen. Spent a lot (maybe too much) time in the water but I can't help myself. Even though the beaches here are spectacular the real attraction for me is the water we have brown ish dirty gray water at my Delaware and Jersey beaches. I can barely bring myself to go in there.

    Left the beach to go back to the house at about 4 to relax. Ended up driving around different neighborhoods for a while. Finally arrived home about an hour later to relax. This beach life can be extremely taxing.

    Dinner was at Madame Janette's. It was my first time there. Was amazed by how large that place is, the owners one of which we saw at the local store the previous day must make a killing. Once again I'll write a review in the culinary section at a later time. I did enjoy it but given a choice I would put Quinta on a slightly higher level.

    Late night was just us hanging out laughing a lot and drinking wine. A nice relaxing and fun day.











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    Thanks for continuing to share your trip. Funny you mentioned the color of the water at the Delaware and Jersey beaches. It's really a downer to spend a vacation on Aruba with the sparkling waters and then fly into Logan airport in Boston when your approach is over Boston Harbor and the surrounding beaches....that's the ultimate 'snap back into reality'.....!

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    yes indeed the beach life is taxing.

    thanks for sharing and i look forward to your MJ review.

    are you busy taking photos? Hope so.

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