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    It HAS to warm up before we go back to Canada or we're going to be very sad people when we land in March.

    Our friends only came down for one week (we're here for two) and are already beginning the dreaded countdown. Ugh.

    Back to our show...

    We spent yesterday trotting around downtown - friends bought surf shirts at Bula, we window shopped at Renaissance (people were losing their minds because Ralph Lauren had a sale on) and we did a comparison shop for Kiehl's products... the sales associate was hilarious: "It might be a little cheaper up north but ours is better," she said. "How's that," we all enquired. "Look outside." SOLD!

    I asked the woman at Aruba Aloe if sales had dropped off since the re-branding... she said they hadn't but she didn't look too confident about it. I think they need to re-think their pricing strategy. $30 for a tiny bottle of sunscreen isn't going to fly. They should aggressively price to beat the name brands. And if the medical grade products are truly as good as they claim, we should see them in every hospital in the world, IMHO.

    We hit SuperFood as we were having dinner in. Love their prepared/ready-to-barbecue section. I'm surprised Lings has never set up something comparable. One thing we noticed: one of our crew LOVES mashed potatoes... I follow the Cooks Illustrated creamy recipe (which she's addicted to) but we couldn't find Yukon Gold/yellow flesh potatoes in Lings or SuperFoods. Hmmm. Anybody know what that's about? We used Idaho but it definitely wasn't the same... grainy texture doesn't work well in mashed potatoes.

    Back to the house and pool for a quiet night in with Bombay chicken, bbq ribs, some chilled New Zealand whites and French reds. Perfect.

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    One week is never enough! Loving your trip report!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacki View Post
    One week is never enough! Loving your trip report!
    Thanks, Jacki!

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    I could get very used to constant sunshine and warmth...

    Yesterday, we went to the DIY Center near Bubali - they've definitely improved their stock and service. When we'd previously gone in there, the place was like a ghost town and the staff seemed pretty indifferent to questions. The prices seem to have been adjusted as well to give Kooyman a run for their money. Looks like they're trying to compete... good for them.

    Off to Super Food for lunch supplies - we LOVE that they have ground Angus beef for making hamburgers... there's something about that meat that gives the burger extra oomph. We also learned that keeping produce viable (e.g. salad) is pretty much a miracle feat in Aruba... the imports don't stand a chance in the heat so you either eat it the day you buy it or not at all. Frozen vegetables seem to be the only viable option in Aruba - which is fine... they way they're flash-frozen now makes them pretty close to fresh. I know... the hardships we suffer in paradise. LOL

    Dinner at "Two Fools and a Bull". Another great evening: Freddie and Paul put on a great meal and an even greater show. This night was pretty subdued relative to our previous three visits but still warm and comfortable (half the room were Canadians). I'd really recommend this to anyone who hasn't tried it... lots of fun and the food/menu is always wonderful.

    We met a couple at 2FAAB from Holland that flew KLM direct in business class (they said it was fantastic - their brother/BIL used his miles to fly them in biz class) but, on the way home, KLM makes a pit stop to pick up passengers from Bonaire! That's awesome that you don't have to schlep to Aruba or Curacao to catch a flight home.

    Back to the villa and a midnight swim to remind us of where we are.

    A great day and evening.

    Some pics from 2FAAB:

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    Lovin' the updates...... please do a 'face plant' in the pool or ocean for me...... I was in Plymouth, MA yesterday and the harbor is frozen...! There is nothing colder looking than frozen salt water. You are my Aruba fix...! Thanks!

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    Thanks, CP. I'll also do a face plant on some Brights in your honour as well...!

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    thanks for sharing

    sounds like a wonderful time in aruba and i am feeling badly for your friends that have begun their countdown.

    the third photo........what is it?

    glad all is well and thank you for sending in the updates!!!

    now, please go do the face plant!

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    Sounds wonderful I am missing aruba so bad....Funny how I had no aches and pains the whole time there. I am back a week and everything hurts! I don't think the cold is good for me I need to 80 degrees and the slow life..
    Keep the reports coming I am living another vacation thru you..








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    Great report and yes, its still freezing up here in Ontario! It has been reported that we have record breaking Feb. weather but at least we aren't snowed in like the Maritime provinces or our friends in the Boston and surrounding areas. Picture taken from the CBC news it is of Prince Edward Island.

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    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    It HAS to warm up before we go back to Canada or we're going to be very sad people when we land in March.

    Our friends only came down for one week (we're here for two) and are already beginning the dreaded countdown. Ugh.

    Back to our show...

    We spent yesterday trotting around downtown - friends bought surf shirts at Bula, we window shopped at Renaissance (people were losing their minds because Ralph Lauren had a sale on) and we did a comparison shop for Kiehl's products... the sales associate was hilarious: "It might be a little cheaper up north but ours is better," she said. "How's that," we all enquired. "Look outside." SOLD!

    I asked the woman at Aruba Aloe if sales had dropped off since the re-branding... she said they hadn't but she didn't look too confident about it. I think they need to re-think their pricing strategy. $30 for a tiny bottle of sunscreen isn't going to fly. They should aggressively price to beat the name brands. And if the medical grade products are truly as good as they claim, we should see them in every hospital in the world, IMHO.

    We hit SuperFood as we were having dinner in. Love their prepared/ready-to-barbecue section. I'm surprised Lings has never set up something comparable. One thing we noticed: one of our crew LOVES mashed potatoes... I follow the Cooks Illustrated creamy recipe (which she's addicted to) but we couldn't find Yukon Gold/yellow flesh potatoes in Lings or SuperFoods. Hmmm. Anybody know what that's about? We used Idaho but it definitely wasn't the same... grainy texture doesn't work well in mashed potatoes.

    Back to the house and pool for a quiet night in with Bombay chicken, bbq ribs, some chilled New Zealand whites and French reds. Perfect.
    Boil the Idaho potatoes without salt, drain well, mash with ricer or potato masher, then with hand mixer. Add salt and milk and use hand mixer while adding more milk as needed until creamy. Always works for me. I add butter and stir in a little sour cream for us, just butter for the grand kids.

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