My New Year's trip to Aruba finally arrived.
We drove down to Philly from Northern NJ on Saturday night and grabbed a cheesesteak at Geno's. Stayed at the Rennaisance Airport hotel and left our car there. We breezed through security and got on our 8am US Airways flight and got down to AUA in great time.
As we were getting off the plane the announcement was made that 27 bags were left in Philly We were semi-relieved because we left a good amount of clothing down here the last time we were here in October. We flew through customs(much better than the hour we waited last time) and went to baggage claim. My bag came right out - my poor wife didnt get hers. We went to the counter and were told that it would come in either later that evening or tomorrow. So we headed up to the condo.
We spent a couple hours by the pool and met a few new people and then headed off to Buster's to catch the Jets/Colts game. J-E-T-S Won!!!. (I should have bet them). We had a few beers and some sandwiches. A little expensive, but the food was good and the bathrooms there were finally finished. We also quickly checked out the new mall. The mall is very empty at this point, but it does have promise.
Monday morning we headed to Super Food first thing and picked up food supplies. We had a late breakfast and then spent a couple hours by the pool. In the afternoon we headed over to Price Smart and found the perfect lounge chairs and a few other items we needed.
In the evening we spent a couple hours at Bugaloe beach bar and then had dinner at Rembrandt Cafe which was excellent and very reasonably priced. They have an interesting German/Belgian/Asian/French mixed menu. We will go back!
Yesterday we woke up and headed down to the Marriott to be picked up for a Jeep Natural Pool tour through De Palm Tours. The bus was late - but as I was waiting I bumped into Jim Leyland (Detroit Tigers Manager). Had a fun conversation with him about baseball and then the bus arrived.
We went to the natural pool which I am glad I didnt attempt on my own as that road is RIDICULOUS. The pool was not swimmable due to large waves and strong currents. One person on a rock got knocked in and had to be pulled out - he came out with some nasty cuts and bruises.
Came back to Gold Coast and went to the pool for a nap for a while. We had 6pm reservations at Pincho's and had a lovely meal. The staff and food was great as usual. Stopped for some fireworks at one of the many container/stores set up on the Island. We hung out in the backyard for an hour and then fell asleep.
Today is the big Ling's fireworks show... so thats todays only real plan.