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    Hi Tracey - I am really enjoying your daily reports. Eduardo not only makes a great smoothie but he is also an artist. He has a little studio of his artwork located behind the smoothie shop so be sure to pop in there to check out some of his artwork. He does an excellent job to capture the beauty of Aruba in his paintings with a little touch of whimsy. I have one of his paintings hanging in my office over my desk. It is a view of the beach with a palapa and 2 beach chairs at sunset. When work gets stressful, I simply look up at that painting and I can immediately escape to Aruba, in my mind, and all the stress simply melts away. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkiChris View Post
    Hi Tracey - I am really enjoying your daily reports. Eduardo not only makes a great smoothie but he is also an artist. He has a little studio of his artwork located behind the smoothie shop so be sure to pop in there to check out some of his artwork. He does an excellent job to capture the beauty of Aruba in his paintings with a little touch of whimsy. I have one of his paintings hanging in my office over my desk. It is a view of the beach with a palapa and 2 beach chairs at sunset. When work gets stressful, I simply look up at that painting and I can immediately escape to Aruba, in my mind, and all the stress simply melts away. :-)
    Is it the Eduardo who had his art work at Studio 89 (the old Ford building)? With long dark hair in a pony tail? His paintings are gorgeous and the way you describe yours, it could just be him! Dang!

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    @ CK1 ..... Yes, Eduardo has long dark hair in a pony tail so I bet it is the same artist you saw at Studio 89. This year Eduardo opened a second smoothie shop/art gallery at Casa del Mar so for those forum members that stay on Eagle beach, be sure to stop by to try one of those fabulous smoothies and you'll learn exactly what Tracey was raving about during her stay at Playa Linda.

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    Hi Tracey. Living vicariously through your trip report. Missing my home away from home for the past 8 years. 154 days to go for me

    Just wanted to recommend that you try the acai bowl from Eduardo's. It is out of this world. I have to have it every day for 2 weeks when I am there. Is Claudia still at the beach bar? If so please tell her Darrin and Kim from NY send our best and will see her in May. One other question - is pool aerobics going on? Used to be at 11 every morning but I haven't seen any activity on the webcam last few times I've checked it.

    Enjoy the rest of your vacation. Can't wait to read more!

    ~Kim

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkiChris View Post
    @ CK1 ..... Yes, Eduardo has long dark hair in a pony tail so I bet it is the same artist you saw at Studio 89. This year Eduardo opened a second smoothie shop/art gallery at Casa del Mar so for those forum members that stay on Eagle beach, be sure to stop by to try one of those fabulous smoothies and you'll learn exactly what Tracey was raving about during her stay at Playa Linda.
    Thanks, SkiChris! It seems it's him. I just looked thought the pictures and the video at Tripadvisor but the only man there has short, light grey hair. Good to know that there are two booths, maybe he was at the other.

    Those smoothies look sooo delicious! I think I would skip a meal and just have a different smoothie every day!

    Tracey, have another one for me, please!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kemperato View Post
    Hi Tracey. Living vicariously through your trip report. Missing my home away from home for the past 8 years. 154 days to go for me

    Just wanted to recommend that you try the acai bowl from Eduardo's. It is out of this world. I have to have it every day for 2 weeks when I am there. Is Claudia still at the beach bar? If so please tell her Darrin and Kim from NY send our best and will see her in May. One other question - is pool aerobics going on? Used to be at 11 every morning but I haven't seen any activity on the webcam last few times I've checked it.

    Enjoy the rest of your vacation. Can't wait to read more!

    ~Kim
    Claudia is still at the Beach Bar, we spent some time there a couple nights ago. She is so nice, I can see why everyone just loves her.

    I have not seen water aerobics but I do think it is still going on. We haven't been around the pool much and where We are on the beach you can't hear much from that area. I will check it out today and report back.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Sunday

    I have to say, yesterday was not our best day ever in Aruba. However, any day in Aruba and any day that the Redskins win are still pretty great.


    We had a lot of rain in the middle of the day. Normally, it would have been no big deal but being in the middle of our room change we had more stuff with us than normal. The PL staff makes moving a breeze but not having anywhere to call "home" during a downpour and having an extra bookbag with us, keeping everything dry was a challenge. We spent some quality time in the lobby area with pretty much everyone else. They had a lounge singer who was very good.


    If you didn't already know this about me, Redskins football controls our plans from September to December no matter where we are. This is a mutual thing for both of us, its one reason we first started dating. Well, the rain threw off our football watching plans as well. We had a great spot where we could have watched from our palapa at the PL Beach bar, but the wind and rain just made it uncomfortable. We were waiting it out and got our new room 15minutes before game time. We really just wanted to throw some stuff in the safe before we started walking around. We couldn't agree on where to watch. We ended up walking in the rain to our first trip to Busters, my choice. The cut through the Hyatt parking when it's wet is not the best. But we made it and I loved it! The atmosphere of a small hometown sports bar. Rusty, the owner, treating us like he was welcoming us into his home, homemade pork bbq with coleslaw, it was really everything I could have wanted. There was a small buffet that reminded me of a potluck with nachos, chili, hotdogs, etc. Our game was on the big screen. We watched the first half then since the rain moved out it was on to Jon's pick for the 2nd half. He wanted Hooters wings but when we got there, it was dead and not a good football crowd. So he picked Touchdowns. I do love that all of these places were a quick walk and we were able to switch at half time, though I would have been happy to stay at Busters. Jon liked the wings at Touchdowns a lot, they were just okay to me. Very saucy and messy for just okay flavor. We sat outside on their deck area. Not a bad place, but there is nothing special about it, just a typical sports bar. Our waitress was attentive and their prices were reasonable.

    Next it was back to the beach to enjoy our victory in our Redskins shirts. In the morning we got a few "you guys suck", all joking sports fans, nothing bad. But in the afternoon we disn't hear much of that after the win!
    One guy nearby on the beach was giving us a hard time about beating his Giants but it was all in fun. He still let me get a picture with the starfish he found. Dont worry, it was only out of the water for long enough for a picture, then he put it back but kind of kept it close until his grandchildren could see, then they took it out deeper to release it.

    Lots of waves today, lots of stuff washed up on the beach.


    We stayed on the beach till dark then walked around a little, but the day had felt very hectic, and we had a lot of beers, so we went back to the room. I sat on our balcony with my tablet for a while and Jon went to bed pretty early.




    Back out at the beach early this morning. These week 48 folks are earlier than the ones from last week. Today we are relaxing and taking it easy until Bully picks us up for our dinner reservation at Flying Fishbone.
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    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Wow! Sounds like a great trip so far, even if the rain screwed your plans a bit. Congrats on your win

    Happy anniversary!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Awesome trip report. We fell in love with Eduardo's on this last trip. If you ever get hungover that's the spot to go... their smoothies are magical. Thought about you yesterday while I was watching the Skins win.











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    Monday Funday

    Today we are calling our first "grown up" vacation day. Its a lot less like the spring break days we've been having so far.


    We had breakfast in the room and lunch at Scotts Brats. Yummy vodka and lemonades for both, Jon got his favorite Chicago dog, and I got the Docs Brat. That Chicago dog looked good though! I will be having one soon. We got to chat with Scott and Leslie a few minutes between the breakfast and lunch rushes. For sports fans, the recommend the new sports bar at Tropicana. Good to know for next time. Apparently Touchdowns can be hit or miss as far as when they are open.


    The weather was so much nicer! We were back to puffy white clouds and blue skies. We hung out on the beach, got in and out of the water, and both fell asleep for a bit right there on our loungers. We decided to head back to the room and get in a nap before Our early dinner plans.Bully picked us up as scheduled and we had a nice visit with him as we made the long drive in traffic to Flying Fishbone. We aren't regulars with him yet since we don't make a lot of plans ahead of time, but he is so great about pointing things out and answering questions. He also went out of his way to speak with the hostess about setting up our ride home so we wouldn't have to wait.


    At Flying Fishbone, we had a table sitting in the water and a great view. I loved it, but it's not for everyone. The guests next to us chose to move back up on the sand. If you choose a table in the water, shorts and above the knee dresses are necessary, as the water was up to mid calf on my legs. I enjoyed the experience tremendously but now I can say been there done that and probably won't again for many years.
    The tables are close together but with the noise from the water and the angles we were sitting made it irrelevant. Its really a lovely setting. The service was outstanding from the moment we arrived. The best part of our meal was the tuna tataki appetizer, so fresh! I had a shrimp with blue cheese sauce and Jon had lobster. My husband is a get down to business type guy. He likes to order, eat, pay, and leave. He was getting antsy towards the end of our meal.
    There was a lot of down time between drinks and dinner and after dinner till we left. I appreciated the atmosphere and not feeling rushed at all. We got to enjoy the sunset and have a few laughs. We spent some time watching the Pelicans and little jumping fish, and even a crab climbing on the rock nearby. Jon swears a crab touched his foot but I saw no evidence of this!


    We skipped dessert and opted for after dinner drinks. Why not, we aren't driving! On our reservation I had checked the box that we were celebrating our anniversary. They brought us a beautiful plate with a sparkler and a bite size brownie with fruit and chocolate sauce. It was a nice touch and just enough sweetness.


    I was happy that we did not drive ourselves. Yes, it is a pricey taxi ride, but it is a dark area at night with other vehicles zooming by on a small road that is not well marked or lit up. Not to mention, the ride there We would have been sitting in traffic instead of visiting and learning from Bully.


    I enjoyed the round aboutsall lit up with Christmas decorations. The Dutch Marines display is my favorite.
    I should have taken pictures but I was enjoying the ride and just taking everything in.


    We got dropped off at the Hilton to give their casino a shot. Jon had some luck at penny slots so took his winnings over to a $5 machine, and we walked out with our dinner bill recouped! I, on the other had continue the great losing streak of 2015 at both slots and roullette. I cap my losses around $40-50 per visit, that's all I can stomach to lose at a time.


    Outside of Hard Rock looked dead around 8pm, and when they have bands its usually 7-9 or at least someone is setting up o the stage by then. We were hoping to catch a little music,but no luck. I posted on their Facebook page so hopefully I will get some answers on their schedule.


    We ended up back at the room and watched a little Monday night football. It was the first time we've turned the tv on.
    Something different about us this trip, we haven't done many happy hours at bars. We are doing a lot more make your own drinks while relaxing on the beach. I will let you know if this trend continues.

    Today should be fun, my dad and his wild and crazy friends should be joining us from their cruise. We now return to our spring break style vacation.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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