Wow, sounds like quite the agressive sales technique. I will be sure to remind my husband not to make eye contact if we see her out in that area. We have found that the no eye contact tactic works pretty well when we are trying to avoid being approached. Jon is so much nicer than I am and always wants to say hi and how are you doing to everyone we pass by so sometimes I have to give him a nudge and say no eye contact when we are in a scenario that I want to avoid....like that crazy massage!
Wore earplugs. I could still hear the peeps, but the plugs took the edge off enough for me to sleep. down to beach just before 7 and got one of last 2 front row chickees. Heading to Bright Bakery now to grab goodies. Last night ended up being drinks and leftovers in the room. We all got a lot of sun yesterday and were too whipped to venture out.
Also, funny story, and this rendition will not do it justice ... Hubs and I were wandering around Alhambra Mall yesterday afternoon when we were approached by Essy from Shalom Spa..she pretty much wrestled hubs into chair "let me give u sample massage" then proceeded to manipulate him every which way in the chair for about 5 minutes. Then she grabs me "you next". She was scaring the heck out of me but everything she was doing felt pretty good. The woman was a hoot and a ball of energy. After she finishes her "demonstration" she grabs hubs again and drags him into the spa and convinces him to lay down telling him he is "strong like bull" and needs Thai massage. All of a sudden she jumps up onto the bed and climbs on his back and starts jumping up and down like a monkey. His reaction was one of terror, pain and relief all at the same time. She did some more torturous manipulation to him that had me in hysterics, then orders me to the bed. Begrudgingly I lay down and now it's hubs turn to watch her torture me. Everything she did hurt in a good way and we left there feeling really loose and relaxed, and very humoured by what we had just allowed her to do to us. We did give her a good tip but we stopped short of booking the 2 hour Thai massage that she was trying to sell us. Going to try to post a pic below.
I am in tears... good for you for being good sports.
Good morning from Aruba! We are now halfway through our trip and I'm realizing I haven't done half the stuff that I wanted to do. Bright bakery was a disappointment yesterday as they no longer make loompia which was one of my top 3 food obsessions on the island. And they had very few baked goods yesterday. I tried to ask the girl what happened to all of the baked goods and whether Monday was just a bad day to come, but the language barrier made it impossible to get that information. Spent all day on beach yesterday. Have I mentioned how hot the sun is this time of year?! Then headed to palm beach to walk around and go to dinner. Ended up at iguana cantina, which I don't care for but our friends love it so we obliged. Fish tacos were good, as were the beef burrito and chicken fajitas. Girlfriend and I shared a pitcher of sangria which was too sweet for us. Guys had margaritas which were excellent.
Today we we are skipping the beach to head to Palm beach. We need to get all of our fixes in - acai bowl, docs brat and pelican pier grouper sandwich. Food truck will have to wait one more day. Tonight we are planning dinner at Las Ramblas. We have never been there but I see it gets decent reviews, and it's right here so we decided to give it a try.
Walt - you know Darrin so you can picture his reactions while the Essy treatment was going on. Probably funniest thing we've ever experienced here.
I've been really enjoying your trip reports. Funny stories about the tree frogs and the Thai massage. I stayed many times in my timeshare units at the Trop and never heard any sounds. Since I haven't stayed there in a few years I thought they may have put in the rooms those alarm clocks that have nature sounds. I bought one of those clocks not knowing about the sounds. I was hearing birds all night for months. It was driving me crazy. The birds were going 24 hours a day. We went to Aruba and when we got home, my pet sitter said why don't you turn off the bird chipping on your clock radio. Duh me.
I had a really good massage a couple of years ago at Shalom. I had fallen (talking on my cell while walking not knowing there was a step) a few days before I left for Aruba. I had terrible back pain the whole trip. My last day I went to Ricardo's for breakfast. I couldn't take another step from the pain to walk back to my car so I stopped in Shalom. I remember the lady's name was Esther. She was good. I think I would have died if she was jumping on me though.
Patricia that owns Essential Spa at Tropicana is fabulous. She gives the best massage. She is located by the waterfall pool. She was not open yet at the Trop (formerly she was at La Cabana) or else I would have went to her.
Good morning from beautiful Eagle Beach. It's going to be another hot hot sunny day. There have been very few clouds this trip and not a drop of rain. Breeze has been gentle in the morning but really picks up in the afternoon. Yesterday us gals headed to palm beach for some shopping therapy. I finally got my acai bowl AND grilled grouper sandwich from Pelican - probably my 2 favorite food items on the island and they did not disappoint! We brought the fish sandwiches back to the trop to enjoy with the guys then hung around the pool for a couple hours before heading over to Pata Pata for happy hour. They were playing great 70's-80's music and it was impossible to sit still. Dinner was at Las Ramblas and it was fantastic. Very reasonable prices for the quality of food. 3 of us had surf and turf, one ribeye, 2 appetizers and a bottle of wine for $180. Also their bread is heavenly and escargot may be best we've had.
Today I hope to hit the elusive food truck. I'll report back....