Happy you got to spend with with mr. Ambassador Bully
Hes Aruba to us
FF's been on our maybe return list, haven't been in like 6 yrs
glad you are enjoying your time
I am enjoying your posts
and CARRY ON!
Snorkel Mangel Halto, day or night with a waterscooter. Check out our website. E-mail Stuart at email@example.com or call Stuart local: 745-7459 Or visit: www.arubabobsnorkeling.com 47th trip in June 2015 and 48th trip in Nov 2015.
Thank you all for the anniversary wishes. Our actual day is Friday but we don't like to make a lot of plans on our last few days so we had our nice dinner a little early.
I have a little catching up to do. Tuesday was the day my dad and his friends were in on a cruise. We had our doubts on whether we would be able to find them or if they would make past the down town shopping knowing the ladies in the group. But they made it and Scotts Brats was a good meeting spot. I have relatively young parents and their friends tend to be closer to my age than theirs. This group was no different. They were a lot of fun, we had only met one of them briefly before but they were all great. The ladies all really loved the Juggling Fish store right here at Playa Linda for shopping. We enjoyed lots of drinks on the beach and got a visit at our palapa from Kent from Aruba Bob snorkeling. It was great to see him and chat for a little while.
We went over to Pelicans Nest for a late lunch, happy hour drinks, and fireball..ugh. Jon said no to the fireball, smart man.
As We were wrapping up there, we got to meet Divi Divi fan and her husband. We only got to spend a few minutes with them because we had a reservation at Bugaloe for drinks and the Joyride band. Bugaloe was great, and they kept reservation right on time. We had a perfect table up front. Everyone was dancing and having a fun but it was cut short as they had to return to the ship.
Forgot to mention a few of us shared the grilled cheese at Bugaloe. Its not really a shareable size but we all just broke off bite sized pieces For cheese lovers it can't be missed. The bread is like a French bread style loaf served opened faced with melted gouda.I could eat that every day of my life and be satisfied.
We sent them off through the Hilton lobby where the bellman helped with taxis. There were 6 in their group. They tried to hire a boat driver to take them but they aren't allowed in the harbor without a permit, and could get them only about a mile away When we left they were trying to convince a taxi driver to take all of them together. Who knows how that turned out!
Jon and I got freshened up and forgot that excessive drinking and gambling dont mix. We took a loss at Holiday Inn and came back in pretty early.
Something about day drinking in Aruba, we haven't really been hungover. (pause to knock on wood)
Well, it happened, it finally happened! We rented a jeep for the day. Jon wanted atvs, I wanted a car, so the compromise was a jeep with 4 wheel drive. We started off checking out Arashi beach but weren't ready to swim and didn't want to wait to dry off. Its peaceful there in the morning. From there we drove by the lighthouse and made our way to the chapel area. We got some nice scenic pictures that I plan to make into a desk calendar for work. From the chapel we got back on the road and drove around just taking in the sites. We stopped at a little stand and had some pastechi. I stuck with cheese, Jon tried tuna and like it. I could not tell you the name of the stand or anything about where it was. Jon just kept taking different roads and we wandered our way through the center of the island and somehow managed to almost completely bypass downtown. We stopped after the airport we stopped at a few beachy areas. Then we found it....the illusive Tia Rosa food truck, which is more of a trailer than a truck. We had given up and Jon wanted more food so we decided we would pull into the next place with a line of people. Well turns out, we pulled right up to Tia Rosa! The lady didn't speak much English but we worked it out. We got 2 pastechis and a chicken paticone to share at Baby Beach. The paticone is a sandwichWith plantains as the bread. It had chicken, cheese, and some kind of slaw. It was delicious! We took It down to Baby Beach and stood under an empty palapa on the side closest to the Jars diving center. That side was very quiet and there was plenty of shade available.
One problem with driving around is not knowing where restrooms are. We decided we would buy a soda at Rum and Reef to use their facilities but it turns out you can just pay $2 to use it. Well worth the $2 to have access to a clean restroom, if you ask me.
We walked around Baby Beach and the water outside the breaker was as rough as I've seen it. We took some pictures and decided to keep driving. We went past the pet cemetery and up on a cliff with some mind blowing views. We rode down and watched some kite surfers. We made our way to the back entrance of the National park. We were in a mission to find the fresh water pond at Fontein cave where we got to experience the fish nibbling at the dead skin on our feet. The park ranger showed us all around and gave us a ton of information. His accent was pretty thick so I was only catching every few words, but he got his point across.
We did a little driving around the park. Most of what we saw today could have been done in a car but with the jeep we had no worries of bottoming out and Jon took routes he wouldn't have considered in a car. We decided touring around in the jeep was better than our atv experience mainly because of the air conditioning and we will definitely do it again. I was surprised Jon liked it better than the atv but he said if he had to choose again it would be jeep. We both agree one day is enough for us. After the park we decided to just head back, again wandered our away back, staying inland. We never did snorkel. We just enjoyed riding around.
The jeep we rented was from Budget and it was brand new. We chose to take their insurance since it was only one day and we figured less of a hassle of something did happen. We only asked for a 2 door but they gave us a nicer 4 door. Total cost with everything was around $155.
We had an early and delicious dinner at Tango. We got a little fancy and tried escargot for the first time. I don't know how it was since I have nothing to compare it to. We each had some kind of Argentinian steak with huge potatoes and veggies topped with parmesan. We couldn't finish it.Jon continued to carry us in the Hyatt casino with a nice run on roulette. I was too busy losing at slots to watch. We didn't stay long. I don't know how We are doing exactly at casinos. I'm losing but Jon is up and down. We are at our one week mark and at this point I planned we would need to go back to the atm, but we haven't yet so he must be doing better than I thought keeping us in our daily cash.
We ended the night at the Playa Linda Bach bar. There were some bad karaoke and great company. We enjoyed it.
Forgot to mention before dinner we did the Pelicans Nest happy hour. I'm really losing my love for this place but I want to think about it and will write it up when I get home. I don't know if the place has changed or if my taste in places has changed.
We wanted to try house of cakes but never saw it. We haven't had dessert yet!
It seemed to be sauteed in butter maybe? It reminded me of mushrooms.
At first the bad karaoke was funny but then the same 2 people kept doing harder and and slower songs. One had a pretty good voice and the other had a lot of fun doing Uptown funk...that was probably the highlight
We had to cover a lot to make up for the 4 days we barely left the beach. I can't believe a week is gone already.
This morning We planned to watch the sunrise while we had a jeep but we felt lazy and just didn't get up. Its a little overcast so I'm telling myself we didn't miss much and there's always next time. We had to get the jeep back by 8, and now we are relaxing in the room for a bit then off to our day and one night at the Rennaissance. We still have a our Playa Linda room till Sunday. Depending on how we like the island, will dictate our plans for tomorrow. But wherever we are Will just be beach days from here on out.