Day 2: After being a gym rat for the last 45+ years the first order of business today was to find a place to workout for the next two weeks. We ventured over to the Divi Phoenix and confirmed what others have said, they no longer offer open membership. The girl at the front desk said that she utilized La Cabana, so we headed over there. It actually ended up being a cost savings with better facilities, as we paid the same amount for a month that we used to pay for two weeks at the Divi.
From there we headed to Arubaville, as it was time to add a little food to our morning beverages. Needless to say we arrived to find that the kitchen didn't open until 5, a policy that they just recently started, but they had plenty of beverage and peanuts. We had a very informative conversation with a local girl that lives in San Nicholas. She told us of the problems that the locals are currently facing. It reminded us of life in the states. Rising taxes and fees, waste disposal. One can only hope that the Island can get a handle on the issues at hand.
From there we headed to the West Deck, thank God! It was a much more pleasant experience. We downed a few beverages and enjoyed some local cuisine. From there we ventured to the North to view another sunset. The weather has been great so far and the evenings pleasant. We'll see what tomorrow brings...
Day 3: Our morning routine is pretty much the same, so I'll lay it out today, so as not to bore the readers. We wake up when we wake up...keep it simple. After a light breakfast in the condo we'll head to the gym. After sweating out the previous days beverage, we head back to the condo and sit poolside, while replenishing our sweat from the gym. Sounds counter productive but it works for us. After a light lunch, again at the condo, we'll plan our day on a wim.
Today we drove around the Noord area looking at both properties and rental facilities. It's amazing how things just pop out of nowhere. This was the bulk of our afternoon.
We parked at the High Rise area and made our way to Iguana Cantina, just in time for Happy Hour...go figure. They offer unlimited $2.00 Balashi, life is tough. So we proceeded to order enough to quench our thirst with a chicken nacho platter on the side. I think we walked out of ther with our thirst quenched and full bellies for less than $35, tip included.
We ventured to the beach for a sunset walk. We have never been to Scott Bratts, so our mission was to at least find their location, we knew they were closed. We finally located them and made a mental landmark, which was tough after the $2.00 Balashi. We'll definitely make our first appearance there at some point.
The rest of the evening we sat outside the condo, enjoying the evening breeze.
Day 4: Usual morning...This afternoon we met our good friend's from Aruba at the Taste of Belgium for coffee/beverages. It's been a year since we've caught up and we enjoyed our time. It's nice to have made friends with someone local, as we hear more about what is actually going on in Aruba.
From there we traveled to Mathew's for Happy Hour. We really enjoy this place and always enjoy our time there. We moved on to another local place, Don ???, recommended by our local friends. We'll have to drive by there again so that I can get the exact name. Nothing special going on there. Had a beverage and left. By then we wanted to get closer to our condo, so we stopped at the Local Store, which is now relocated from Downtown to right across the street from Palma Real. They've only been open 3 weeks or so. We had a bite to eat and a Craft Beer. The food and beverage were very good, but I think they kept the pricing as it was Downtown, certainly not local and no Happy Hours yet...bummer. The bartender said that they're still feeling the market. At this time they don't open until 5. That pretty much sums up the day. Glad that we were close to home.
Day 5: Today was pretty much a day of leisure/recovery. I must admit that the craft beers at the Local Store did us in...After our usual morning, which started much later, we took another drive around the island. Since it was Sunday we figured, why not attend a barbecue. So we slid into Fermin's for some buckets of Chill, at $13.75 US, and some grilled chicken. We love Aruba time, which allowed us to polish off one bucket while we waited for our order. The grilled chicken arrived fork tender and we both had two sides, mashed potatoes and smoked rice, for less than $9.00 apiece. We threw in another bucket and I think the total was less than $47.00 for the two of us. Needless to say, we were stuffed. We drove up to the beach and ended our day as usual, watching the sunset and the sailboats going by.