Wonderful trip report, Curt! I loved every moment of it!
The way you described your early morning visit to Alto Vista made me feel that I was right there with you guys! Must be awesome to take in this serenity there and just live in that very moment!
So nice that you and Maggie visited again the Animal Shelter. I saw the pics on your FB and fell instantly in love with the one pup you had several pictures taken of. Aww, those eyes and this little face! I just wanted to kiss her! Was she the jealous one? Sometimes, they are just starving for so much attention and love.
What a surprise that you and Maggie got to meet Gaby! She is such a sweet and talented lady! Some of her jewelry like necklaces are made by her using the glass blowing technique. She uses different colors and the beats can have different lengths. For other items, she uses sea glass which she found on the beach of Aruba. How exciting that you will have her for your Podcast interview! I'm already looking forward to it!
Regarding the restaurant service: It makes me actually smile as it's such a HUGE difference in cultures! In Germany, The Netherlands and probably parts of Aruba, going out for dining equals having time, enjoying the dinner, sitting, eating, drinking, talking and just enjoying the whole dining experience, taking LOTS of time is quite usual. If the waiter would bring the bill while the customers are just finishing their meal or shortly after, would be seen as very impolite! You never rush a customer out the door! And when people are dining and talking, they do NOT want to be interrupted every five minutes by the waiter asking, if everything is ok or if they need a refill ~ it drives me nuts! LOL To the point that I almost tell the waiter, NOT to interrupt here anymore and if I need something, I'll call him. That's how I was accustomed to living in Germany half of my life. Now, on the other side, Americans are just the opposite. Maybe one day you get a waiter/waitress from Aruba talk about his/her experience and customs on your Podcast.
The restaurant thing is a hangup completely of my own creation. In my real life I absolutely love to cook and view restaurants as more of a convenience for when I'm feeling too lazy to chef something up. So instead of dining out being a social thing, for me its just a matter of convenience and I just want to get in, eat and get out. I much prefer dinner parties or backyard bbqs for social dining. On vacation its something I need to learn to turn off but thusfar haven't been able to because once again as soon as I am finished eating I just want to on with the exploration.
Originally Posted by susan.b
Thanks for sharing. Love reading stories from others. We all vacation in Aruba in different ways, but all love it. Had my first visit to Alto Vista this year. Very beautiful. The exchange rate really affected us this year, as Canadians. We took $2500.00 US and it cost us $4000.00. Luckily we had paid for our trip months ago.
Hey I know you Did you enjoy Alto Vista? One of these days I'll get a clear sunrise over there.
Thursday was our second visit down to the animal shelter. While we were there it was a slow day for adoptions but there were lots of volunteers present. A new littler had just been saved from the kill cage literally an hour before we arrived. 3 males and a female... all very docile and absolutely adorable. Since they had just come in the pups were segregated for cleaning and observation. We did get a chance to hold and interact with them. Maggie had the chance to name one but didn't want to take on the responsibility of naming what would ultimately end up being someone elses furbaby.
Today was the day the female pup from the other pictures would proved to be not so sweet. I guess she had taken Maggie as being hers and had a problem with any pup that got close. It didn't even matter if they were 2 or 3 times her size. Seeing this little 6 pound dog behave as if she was 60 pounds was cute at first but started to get old watching her dominate pup after pup. Got the opportunity to speak with many of the volunteers including a young woman who if from the town where Maggie's daughter now lives... small world.
Explored the island for a while and eventually made our way to Eagle beach for lunch at the food truck. The guys running the truck were very entertaining today. Apparently they visit Venezuela every other month to "party like Millionaires". Next time I am in Aruba they want to take me along on the adventure. While the idea of being a high roller in a foreign land for the low low cost of 300 dollars for the weekend is enticing I think I'll have to take a pass on that one. Being a non spanish speaking American in a South American country suffering from a failed economy doesn't seem like the best life choice lol.
Did I mention how I'm now an Eagle Beach convert? I still like Palm but absolutely love Eagle. It doesn't have the same quality of people watching but man is it beautiful.
Stopped past the local store for take out on the way home. This was the day where I missed act1966 by a matter of minutes. The exact time stamp on my receipt was about 2 minutes before he posted "live from the Local Store". This was the first of our crossing but not crossing of paths. I got the Madame Jeanette wings. The wings were fantastic, imo best on the island. It was even worth the agony that came from eating hot wings with sunburned lips.
Second dinner (yes I said second dinner) was at Chihuahua's. My fish tacos were wonderful as always and they make one hell of a ceviche. Same owners as the Taco truck I always talk about. I think I am more suited for the truck since I can grab and go which is more my thing.
Friday we decided to go back to Baby Beach since we enjoyed it so much earlier in the week. On the way down we stopped by the Tia Rosa Snack truck. Its so much easier to find after the first time. Picked up patacone and pastechi for our beach lunch. A huge patacone and 4 pastechi cost us 11 dollars and ended up being more than enough food for us. Did some Saveneta site seeing on the way down. Baby beach was wonderful as always. At one point I saw a pair of the largest donkeys I have ever seen wandering through the parking area. These things were massive... looked like horses.
After baby we went up through the neighborhoods in the area looking at houses we'll never end up buying. On the way home we stopped by that hidden bakery in Saveneta that only opens for like 3 hours a day. They have good donuts but for me the star of the show were the loempias. I am still kicking myself for only purchasing two. I think my next trip down I will have to put in a special order. They were the best I've had on the island.
Friday was the final night for Aruba Ray's Comedy so we stopped in for the show. This show was proof that you should always purchase your tickets in advance. They had to turn people away because it was just too jam packed. Got seated next to fellow Pennsylvanians who also happened to be Steeler fans. Was thankful we didn't get seated next to the New Yorkers a couple of tables over. That couple was a caricature of every New York stereotype wrapped up into a messy package. For me this was the best of the 4 shows we have seen in total. This show was worthy of anything you'll see in any comedy here in the United States. There was none of that annoying heckling that happens all too often and in the end the audience was rewarded. I saw more than a few people literally crying from laughter. At the end up the show Ray gave a shoutout to Aruba Curt and One Happy Podcast which was a humbling surprise.
Afterwards we walked the Palm Beach strip looking to be entertained and eventually ended up at the taco truck late night.