The weather has been generally beautiful, however a very strong wind. The kind of wind that has the sand whipping at your face, unusual for this time of the year. The week previous had some rain – also very unusual.
Our first few days have been very low key, sitting at the beach and not doing anything particularly special. First night met up with some friends at Wacky Wahoos, very happy to report that they had Wahoo!! Last night we went to the Aruba Ray Comedy Show and it was hilarious. There were 125 people in attendance for his second to last show. Three comedians, all different and all very funny. I was trying to get him to “pop in” over Christmas. He does a lot of private parties during the holiday season. If he returns next winter I would highly recommend this show.
I am happy to report that yesterday was a very peaceful day at the beach. Only 5 minutes of loud, horrible music and then that quickly came to an end. So nice to just sit and listen to the sounds of the ocean with music from Moomba in the distance. Awww…. That is what we come to Aruba for!
The Surf Club has set up auxiliary front desks to facilitate check in. The newest addition is in the lobby of the Lighthouse building. This seemed to work out very well but the real test will be during busy season and you have 200 ppl trying to check in in this small area. They may have to put up a “line” on the floor to let people know where to stand while waiting. We had this couple literally right at our backs watching over everything we were doing. At one point the SC employee thought they were with us. Later on I recommended that in the future he should ask the people to stand back and give some space to the people being served. I just don’t get some people sometimes!!
Apparently the island is very busy this March with many restaurants fully booked. Perhaps this is because of the extreme weather this year as I can’t remember a March where most restaurants are fully booked. Glad I pre booked! Well of to Anna Maria’s tonight.
Yesterday was by far, one of the windiest days I have experienced in Aruba. Windy days are always far worse by the SC and the wonders at Marriott in their design flaw in helping create on the islands worst wind tunnels. It was so windy it was actually unpleasant to sit out. None the less, no cold and no snow so can’t really complain.
We started our day by going for a stroll over to the Playa Linda to say hello to Leslie and Scott (Scott’s Brats). We were lucky to have a few minutes of their time as business has been so very busy. Leslie and I had a good laugh over our experiences at THE WINE ROOM. It was nice to get caught up with them…Such good people.
I forgot to mention the new furnishing of the lighthouse building at the SC. They are really nice and very tastefully done. Great to have a working fridge and dishwasher. The master bedroom looks very nice however, the new dresser has one less drawer (very problematic), safe is now a passcode rather than a key but it swings the wrong way so it is hard to get in easily. The bathroom has a new light in the shower and the whole room is far brighter. Over all a very good job.
We enjoyed our dinner at Anna Maria’s. The place was full but not packed so it was comfortable. I had Lasagna, which was delicious! I hadn’t had it in many years and was glad with my choice. It is certainly different from what we in North America know as Lasagna but it was nice with the extra ingredients. DH has a variation of spaghetti Bolognese that includes peas and our friend had the Ravioli with cheese and spinach. We all loved our dinner! My only negative comment would be that we find his salads a bit on the small size for the price but we certainly did not leave hungry.
Have already gone out to get my chairs by the beach, now back in our room for breakfast. It is a bit hazy and windy. No wind spitting sand (as of yet) so DH will be happy. He wasn’t liking the sand spitting yesterday. Hard to explain to newbie’s on the beach that this is not the norm. It’s like trying to apologize to someone about your kid’s bad behavior!