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    Glad the reports are still coming

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    How wonderful that you went back to the Animal Shelter a second time, Curt. It seems that little pup had adopted Maggie right away. I could imagine that this little pup would change her demeanor after a while in her loving forever home. All the rescue organizations and volunteers are doing an amazing job by saving so many puppies, dogs, cats and kittens.

    Glad you got to explore a bit more of Aruba. The area around Baby Beach and the homes there. And Savaneta! I remember some stunning homes close to the ocean there.

    Ray's show sounds like so much fun! What a lovely surprise that he acknowledged you at the end of his show! Two "celebrities" greeting each other!

    Thanks for taking the time and writing your trip reports. I really enjoy reading them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pegmeister View Post
    I would find it so difficult to visit the puppies and not bring one home! That group does good work.
    Yes it is and yes they do.











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    March 5

    Saturday we woke up kind of early and went over to Eagle for the day. Starting to really feel the time winding down so we spent a ton of time playing in the water and taking it all in. Also realized we had a ton of beer left so we brought a cooler of it to the beach. I'm not much of a beach drinker but they were going down fast. Was also my last day for the Eagle Beach food truck. Wasn't sure it was open on Saturdays but they did a ton of business that day. Lots of locals at the beach which changes the vibe... if you ask me its for the better. It kind of elevates the energy level of Eagle to a midpoint between its usual pace and that of Palm. Soccer balls being kicked around, young families with newborns and music being played in the background. To me its pretty perfect. We stayed there much later today then the usual.

    Dinner was at Quinta Del Carmen. Nearly met act1966 again as they were there around the same time we were. Well we arrived 30 minutes after them but finished within minutes. They were seated in the back I believe and we were on the side. I don't think the side was even open the last time we were there but this time every table was seated. The food was perfection and the service was great until a table of what must have been the most important people in Aruba was seated. The reason I say that is they monopolized the waitresses time for a full 30 minutes. You all know how I get after I am finished eating and waiting for my bill lol. Sitting there waiting while she placated the VIPs was as close to bamboo under the fingernails as I ever want to get.

    Afterwards we meandered around Palm Beach. We hit Bugaloe for a while but couldn't get a good seat so we ended up going to the Hard Rock to listen to a band. Was convinced I act1966 was there until he started speaking French so I dismissed that thought. I think this was the day the RIU caught fire. Was eerie walking past that monstrosity and it being completely dark. The band at the Hard Rock was pretty good. It was a mix of Arubans and Venezuelans. They had talent but spoke a bit too much to the crowd. Its cool to get the crowd into your set but when you are holding 5 minute conversations with them and asking literally every table "where are you from" it gets to be a bit much.

    BTW Aruba was absolutely insane for the UFC fight that night. I'm a big fan myself but every venue showing the fight was so ridiculously jam packed that I opted to go home to watch it on my phone. I was tired anyway and with the time difference the main even wouldn't even start until 1 am or so. Was so nice to be able to watch the fight and then immediately go to sleep. Actually that's not what happened at all. The guy I wanted to win the main event pulled the upset to end all upsets and I was so happy I didn't fall asleep until after 3am. However if I had watched it at a bar the same thing would have happened but I would have had to walk him before I could go to sleep.
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    Je m'appelle International Monsieur de Mystery!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by burghboy View Post
    March 5

    Saturday we woke up kind of early and went over to Eagle for the day. Starting to really feel the time winding down so we spent a ton of time playing in the water and taking it all in. Also realized we had a ton of beer left so we brought a cooler of it to the beach. I'm not much of a beach drinker but they were going down fast. Was also my last day for the Eagle Beach food truck. Wasn't sure it was open on Saturdays but they did a ton of business that day. Lots of locals at the beach which changes the vibe... if you ask me its for the better. It kind of elevates the energy level of Eagle to a midpoint between its usual pace and that of Palm. Soccer balls being kicked around, young families with newborns and music being played in the background. To me its pretty perfect. We stayed there much later today then the usual.

    Dinner was at Quinta Del Carmen. Nearly met act1966 again as they were there around the same time we were. Well we arrived 30 minutes after them but finished within minutes. They were seated in the back I believe and we were on the side. I don't think the side was even open the last time we were there but this time every table was seated. The food was perfection and the service was great until a table of what must have been the most important people in Aruba was seated. The reason I say that is they monopolized the waitresses time for a full 30 minutes. You all know how I get after I am finished eating and waiting for my bill lol. Sitting there waiting while she placated the VIPs was as close to bamboo under the fingernails as I ever want to get.

    Afterwards we meandered around Palm Beach. We hit Bugaloe for a while but couldn't get a good seat so we ended up going to the Hard Rock to listen to a band. Was convinced I act1966 was there until he started speaking French so I dismissed that thought. I think this was the day the RIU caught fire. Was eerie walking past that monstrosity and it being completely dark. The band at the Hard Rock was pretty good. It was a mix of Arubans and Venezuelans. They had talent but spoke a bit too much to the crowd. Its cool to get the crowd into your set but when you are holding 5 minute conversations with them and asking literally every table "where are you from" it gets to be a bit much.

    BTW Aruba was absolutely insane for the UFC fight that night. I'm a big fan myself but every venue showing the fight was so ridiculously jam packed that I opted to go home to watch it on my phone. I was tired anyway and with the time difference the main even wouldn't even start until 1 am or so. Was so nice to be able to watch the fight and then immediately go to sleep. Actually that's not what happened at all. The guy I wanted to win the main event pulled the upset to end all upsets and I was so happy I didn't fall asleep until after 3am. However if I had watched it at a bar the same thing would have happened but I would have had to walk him before I could go to sleep.

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    March 6

    Sunday we decided wake up early to check out the wind surfers. So we went there and took lots of pics. Watched a couple of newbies try to get up on their boards. They weren't very good but by the time we stopped watching, one of them was able to stay up for maybe 10 seconds at a time. Gotta crawl before you can walk. Spent the rest of the day at Arashi. Just like every other Sunday it was loaded with locals. To me this is when Arashi really shines when it has that local vibe. There is just something special about watching families spend time together in such a beautiful environment. Finally got to spend some of the contents of my big bag of florin. Every time I visit when I get my change in Florin I put it in a bag and forget about it until the next time I'm adding to it. This time when I heard the ice cream truck I knew I would finally get to open my bag. Truthfully I have no idea why I decided to bring it since it usually just lives in my luggage. I guess it was destiny.

    Eventually we left Arashi and finished up at Palm which is tradition. Usually its a sad thing but this time we weren't going to let it be, so we kept it upbeat. Was an awesome way to end the day.... and for all intents and purposes our trip.

    On the way home we stopped at the Metin food truck and while I was waiting for my food to be cooked I ran across the street to Pastissima (or whatever its called). Had never tried either but since I was in the neighborhood. Didn't even spend 20 dollars total and had way more food than I should have purchased. Will talk about both in the culinary section at some point. Metin was the better of the two but Pastissima could be good if they improve a couple of things.

    Packed our things back at the house and got ready to go out for "real dinner". Yes I said real dinner, those others were more or less really huge snacks. Our last dinner was once again at Tango. Our favorite waiter Rutger was there this time. The last time we had seen him he told us about proposing to his girlfriend at the top of the eiffel tower. This time he told us they had been married and he was expecting his first child. I couldn't be happier for the newlyweds. He is either a fantastic actor or genuinely one of the nicest guys I have ever met.

    After dinner we more or less just strolled around Palm. Breathing in as much of the fresh Aruba air as I could was the only thing I wanted to do on that last night. We debated on watching a band or visiting the casino but in the end all we wanted was to just sit together and reflect.

    March 7th

    Monday morning we decided to do something we never do and that was go to the beach one last time. Went to Arashi first thing in the morning and it was deserted. There were no more than 10 people there and the water was perfect. Actually it was a bit colder than I remembered but I didn't care. I was shore to water in about 10 secs which is a record for me.

    Spent maybe 3 hours at Arashi before we made our way back to the casa to load up and make our way to the airport. Dropped off the car with no issues. The rental agent dropped us off at the airport and we made it from the first counter to the gate in just over 35 minutes. I absolutely love traveling home on a Monday.

    Boarded the plane and I did my usual try to look like the last person you'd want to sit next to thing. I guess I am getting pretty good at it because this is the second trip in a row where the two of us had the row of 3 seats to ourselves. Made for a fantastic ride home. Plane landed early. We had collected our 4 bags probably within the first 10 that were onto the carousel.

    Didn't like the shuttle driver but it didn't matter because I was going to go get crab cakes. Stopped by G&M for some of their world famous huge broiled (not fried) crab cakes. G&M is always my last stop after a trip to Aruba. 2 hour drive back to Delaware and then quality time with my little kitty cat Claire.











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    The vacation which will go down as the "Cat and Mouse game" between you and act1966.

    Thank you so much for another great trip report. Loved to read about your experience about mingling with Aruban locals at Eagle Beach.

    And there is, of course, my curious side which wants to know: who were those VIPs at Quinta del Carmen. But that might remain a secret! As they use to say: What happens in Aruba, stays in Aruba.

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    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    Je m'appelle International Monsieur de Mystery!!!
    I told Maggie it was probably you speaking French to throw me off. She took a picture of the guy but after he/you faked us out she deleted it lol. The things we do to amuse ourselves.











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    Quote Originally Posted by burghboy View Post
    I told Maggie it was probably you speaking French to throw me off. She took a picture of the guy but after he/you faked us out she deleted it lol. The things we do to amuse ourselves.
    It's all going to crumble on April 4th!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CK1 View Post
    The vacation which will go down as the "Cat and Mouse game" between you and act1966.

    Thank you so much for another great trip report. Loved to read about your experience about mingling with Aruban locals at Eagle Beach.

    And there is, of course, my curious side which wants to know: who were those VIPs at Quinta del Carmen. But that might remain a secret! As they use to say: What happens in Aruba, stays in Aruba.
    They weren't really VIPs just a few overdressed millennials that thought despite there being about 10 tables on that side all of the waitstaff should cater only to them. I didn't hold it against the staff but thought the waitress could have done a better job of diffusing the situation. Quite a few tables were effected and I'm sure not everyone was as forgiving as we tend to be. We are honestly the lowest maintenance diners one could ever hope for. When I arrive I already know what I want. I'm probably half dehydrated from beaching it all day so keep the water flowing and I'll tip you well. When I'm finished try to get me the check in under 20 minutes and I'll be happy... under 10 and I'll love you forever.











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