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    Trip Number Four

    My fourth trip to Aruba began with an hour and thirty minute flight via Surinam Airways from Trinidad to Curacao. Which much to my surprise and amazement left on time at 7:30 am. The flight made excellent time arriving at Hato International Airport on Curacao at 9:00 am on the dot. Made it through immigration rather quickly, and as my one piece of luggage had been tagged to go straight through to Aruba, I got to breeze through baggage claim.
    When I was making my booking with my travel agent I had two options for connecting flights. Both were with Insel Air, one that was set to depart at 11:00 am and the other that was scheduled to depart at 5:15 pm. With the whole uncertainty around Surinam Airways leaving on time I booked the 5:15 pm flight, luckily I was prepared for the eight hour layover on Curacao. My backpack was crammed with enough paperbacks to comprise the reading list of a College lit class.
    My eight hours passed by rather quickly, due in part to the combination of books (finished one and started two others), the improvements made to the airport, the departure check in area is now enclosed with AC, as in the departure waiting area upstairs. Granted there were still a few spinning ceiling fans in operation, the cool air made for a more comfortable wait.
    Then after much patient waiting 4:45 pm rolled around and it was time to board. This was going to be my first trip to Aruba where my flight was going to arrive while it was still daylight. As soon as the Insel Air jet took off I could immediately begin to feel to the relaxing, laid back vibrations of Aruba reaching out to me; a reminder that I was now twenty to twenty five minutes away .
    The view of Aruba as the Captain banked the aircraft in for final approach to Queen Beatrix International was exceptional, and it made me wish that I had not placed my backpack in the overhead bin, as I had borrowed a digital camera from a friend of mine to take pictures, some of those intended pictures was meant to be of Aruba from the air. Then again, I was seated in the middle row and the best view was on the other side of the aircraft( sigh).
    Upon landing we were soon at the terminal and we were all on our way to the Immigration Hall. Every time I go through the Immigration Hall it seems to go faster and faster; then again my flight arrived during a lull in arrivals. I soon found myself outside in the arrival area heading towards the Digicel kiosk as it was the agreed upon meeting site for my friend Daria and I, she had only been waiting for about five minutes.
    The drive from the airport was great, there was a bit of a slowdown when passing through Oranjestad, but it was alright by me. I would take slow moving traffic through Oranjestad over slow moving traffic in Port of Spain every time. Once we passed though the capital we were soon on our way to the low rise hotel area, specifically to La Cabana Beach Resort and Casino. Which also happens to be where my friend works, in the Casino part.
    What can I say about La Cabana? Compared to the hotel where I stayed on my last visit back in January, this place is several levels better. My assigned room is as we say in Trinidad and Tobago…”Real Best!!”…its not just Nice…its “NOICE”( what can I say, Trinis are known for coming up with some interesting slangs).
    All in all, arriving on Aruba, meeting up with my friend Daria, and checking into my room was a great way to cap off a long day of travelling. By the way, did I mention that the 11th of September was my birthday? Could not have thought of a better way to spend my 41st in travelling to a place that I long and love to be every day!!

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    happy birthday and welcome to aruba!!!
    you have such a good attitude re: waiting at the airport all that time.
    patience is not my virtue.

    enjoy your stay and i hope that you find the time to regale us with more of your vacation story!

    (and i hope that today's rain is now gone and the stars are coming out!!)
    Quote Originally Posted by vallond View Post
    My fourth trip to Aruba began with an hour and thirty minute flight via Surinam Airways from Trinidad to Curacao. Which much to my surprise and amazement left on time at 7:30 am. The flight made excellent time arriving at Hato International Airport on Curacao at 9:00 am on the dot. Made it through immigration rather quickly, and as my one piece of luggage had been tagged to go straight through to Aruba, I got to breeze through baggage claim.
    When I was making my booking with my travel agent I had two options for connecting flights. Both were with Insel Air, one that was set to depart at 11:00 am and the other that was scheduled to depart at 5:15 pm. With the whole uncertainty around Surinam Airways leaving on time I booked the 5:15 pm flight, luckily I was prepared for the eight hour layover on Curacao. My backpack was crammed with enough paperbacks to comprise the reading list of a College lit class.
    My eight hours passed by rather quickly, due in part to the combination of books (finished one and started two others), the improvements made to the airport, the departure check in area is now enclosed with AC, as in the departure waiting area upstairs. Granted there were still a few spinning ceiling fans in operation, the cool air made for a more comfortable wait.
    Then after much patient waiting 4:45 pm rolled around and it was time to board. This was going to be my first trip to Aruba where my flight was going to arrive while it was still daylight. As soon as the Insel Air jet took off I could immediately begin to feel to the relaxing, laid back vibrations of Aruba reaching out to me; a reminder that I was now twenty to twenty five minutes away .
    The view of Aruba as the Captain banked the aircraft in for final approach to Queen Beatrix International was exceptional, and it made me wish that I had not placed my backpack in the overhead bin, as I had borrowed a digital camera from a friend of mine to take pictures, some of those intended pictures was meant to be of Aruba from the air. Then again, I was seated in the middle row and the best view was on the other side of the aircraft( sigh).
    Upon landing we were soon at the terminal and we were all on our way to the Immigration Hall. Every time I go through the Immigration Hall it seems to go faster and faster; then again my flight arrived during a lull in arrivals. I soon found myself outside in the arrival area heading towards the Digicel kiosk as it was the agreed upon meeting site for my friend Daria and I, she had only been waiting for about five minutes.
    The drive from the airport was great, there was a bit of a slowdown when passing through Oranjestad, but it was alright by me. I would take slow moving traffic through Oranjestad over slow moving traffic in Port of Spain every time. Once we passed though the capital we were soon on our way to the low rise hotel area, specifically to La Cabana Beach Resort and Casino. Which also happens to be where my friend works, in the Casino part.
    What can I say about La Cabana? Compared to the hotel where I stayed on my last visit back in January, this place is several levels better. My assigned room is as we say in Trinidad and Tobago…”Real Best!!”…its not just Nice…its “NOICE”( what can I say, Trinis are known for coming up with some interesting slangs).
    All in all, arriving on Aruba, meeting up with my friend Daria, and checking into my room was a great way to cap off a long day of travelling. By the way, did I mention that the 11th of September was my birthday? Could not have thought of a better way to spend my 41st in travelling to a place that I long and love to be every day!!

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    Happy Birthday. Isn't La Cabana great. The nicest people work there. Please keep us up to date with your vacation.

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    I'm amazed at your patience. Happy Birthday, and please keep us posted on your trip.

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    Like many people who were still on Aruba on Friday 12th September I was surprised by the sudden rainfall, not once but twice. For a while I had to remind myself that I was on Aruba and not back on Trinidad. Nevertheless I took a quick walk around the premises in between the downpour and settled in with a good book or two. With the Super Food so close in the distance I told myself that I would walk over on Saturday to pick up a few things. I’ve heard a lot of members of the forum talk about it, so I figured that as I was close that I would take the walk over.
    Saturday 13th September is one date that I will never forget. As planned I walked over to Super Food, crossing the busy road and thinking to myself, “You know, a walkover right here would be a really good idea.” Got into the store and was really pleased with what I saw. A diverse array of items in a store that caters to both locals and visitors alike. I picked up four items, a box of Cherry Coke( twelve cans), a can of peanuts, a pack of pretzels and a pack of Chips Ahoy Minis. With my purchases in hand I began the walk back to La Cabana, where the next plan on my agenda was to lounge by the pool and read.
    Well….that never got to happen. On my way back I crossed the road to use the Zebra crossings to cross over, made it to the first one alright. Waited for the traffic to come a stop before proceeding on, I was just one step away from stepping onto the island by the pole with the crossing sign when I heard the sound of tires screeching, a bang of two cars impacting, followed by the sudden shock of an impact that sent me across a couple meters. Where I found myself on the ground looking back at the crossing where a gray car was now on the very spot where I had been trying to cross. My box of Cherry Coke ripped open, some resting near the front wheel of the car, the remainder scattered about. The light blue plastic bag with my remaining purchases lay under the clump of trees, and my baseball cap a short distance away.
    Even as I was being thrown across those couple meters, and even as I began to pick myself up off the ground. I could not believe that I had been hit. No! Not I! Not the one who always plays it safe when it comes to walking in the vicinity of moving vehicles( and even parked ones at that, never know when a driver reversing out of a parking spot will be paying attention to pedestrians passing behind their vehicle). After doing a quick self check( a few scratches and bruises on my left hand, and my left leg), and feeling the pain in my left leg and along my left side; reality set in. I had been hit by a car. Said same car I would eventually learn thanks to the reports of several eye witnesses, driver broke a red light, collided with another car, only to bounce off of that car and into me.
    What stands out the most about the aftermath was not that I had been knocked down by a car while visiting Aruba. What stood out was the overwhelming expression of concern from passers by and the police. A couple who were visitors came over to me immediately afterwards and offered me a drink of water. I took two sips, they offered to let me keep it but I told them it was okay. Another passer by who noticed my wristband for La Cabana called the hotel to let them know that a guest was involved in an accident. While waiting for the ambulance I was informed that as the accident was not my fault and as the rental car had insurance to cover incidents such as this, that my trip in the ambulance along with my treatment at the hospital was going to be covered by them. Before I got into the ambulance Stanley and another security officer from the Security office came over to check on me and offered to take my groceries back to my room for me. He also told me to come and check him when I got back from the hospital to insure that I was okay.
    At the hospital they made an initial examination, before sending me to have an ultra scan done of my stomach and chest, followed by x-rays. All of which showed no internal injuries or fractures. The scariest part for me was having blood drawn, because I’m deathly afraid of needles and am a bit squeamish as the sight of blood. Hence the reason I became a History major in college and not pre-med. There was swelling around my left ankle, which was bandaged up My treatment at the hospital was first rate and after picking up my prescription pills I caught a taxi back to the hotel.
    Upon my return to La Cabana I stopped by the main desk to look for Stanley. He had already left, however he had mentioned my situation to Michael on his fellow security officers who passed by my room to check up on me. It did not stop there. A few hours later with my bandaged left foot bandaged and walking a bit slower from the lingering soreness I went back to the lobby to meet up with my friend Sam and her little boy, her step-son and step-nephew. I went to sign in the boys to get wrist bands to use the pool when staff at the counter began to ask how I was doing, if I was okay. The assistant manager who had heard about my accident came over to talk to me and find out who I was feeling.
    I was completely taken aback by this. I mean here it was they were overwhelming concerned about my, and this was my first time staying their hotel. I may be sore for the remainder of my visit, but at least I get to do some of my recovery on Aruba. Needless to say my gratitude and appreciation for the concern and kindness shown to me throughout the ordeal really shows that the people of Aruba are really and truly a one of a kind people. Thanks and blessings to each and every one of them.

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    OH NO
    What a terrible story.

    I am so sorry to hear that you were involved in the accident.

    That area NEEDS to have a safe way for pedestrians to cross.

    Please get some rest, take it easy and make sure if you are not feeling better, check back in with the doctor or with
    Abraham, the medic at LaCabana. He is well versed in great aid. I think the only thing he has not done is deliver a baby.
    Stanley is awesome as are the other security people at LaCabana.
    Kudos to the great staff at LaCabana.

    Get some rest and i hope that is the last of the nightmare and you are up to feeling back to your oldself soon!!



    Quote Originally Posted by vallond View Post
    Like many people who were still on Aruba on Friday 12th September I was surprised by the sudden rainfall, not once but twice. For a while I had to remind myself that I was on Aruba and not back on Trinidad. Nevertheless I took a quick walk around the premises in between the downpour and settled in with a good book or two. With the Super Food so close in the distance I told myself that I would walk over on Saturday to pick up a few things. I’ve heard a lot of members of the forum talk about it, so I figured that as I was close that I would take the walk over.
    Saturday 13th September is one date that I will never forget. As planned I walked over to Super Food, crossing the busy road and thinking to myself, “You know, a walkover right here would be a really good idea.” Got into the store and was really pleased with what I saw. A diverse array of items in a store that caters to both locals and visitors alike. I picked up four items, a box of Cherry Coke( twelve cans), a can of peanuts, a pack of pretzels and a pack of Chips Ahoy Minis. With my purchases in hand I began the walk back to La Cabana, where the next plan on my agenda was to lounge by the pool and read.
    Well….that never got to happen. On my way back I crossed the road to use the Zebra crossings to cross over, made it to the first one alright. Waited for the traffic to come a stop before proceeding on, I was just one step away from stepping onto the island by the pole with the crossing sign when I heard the sound of tires screeching, a bang of two cars impacting, followed by the sudden shock of an impact that sent me across a couple meters. Where I found myself on the ground looking back at the crossing where a gray car was now on the very spot where I had been trying to cross. My box of Cherry Coke ripped open, some resting near the front wheel of the car, the remainder scattered about. The light blue plastic bag with my remaining purchases lay under the clump of trees, and my baseball cap a short distance away.
    Even as I was being thrown across those couple meters, and even as I began to pick myself up off the ground. I could not believe that I had been hit. No! Not I! Not the one who always plays it safe when it comes to walking in the vicinity of moving vehicles( and even parked ones at that, never know when a driver reversing out of a parking spot will be paying attention to pedestrians passing behind their vehicle). After doing a quick self check( a few scratches and bruises on my left hand, and my left leg), and feeling the pain in my left leg and along my left side; reality set in. I had been hit by a car. Said same car I would eventually learn thanks to the reports of several eye witnesses, driver broke a red light, collided with another car, only to bounce off of that car and into me.
    What stands out the most about the aftermath was not that I had been knocked down by a car while visiting Aruba. What stood out was the overwhelming expression of concern from passers by and the police. A couple who were visitors came over to me immediately afterwards and offered me a drink of water. I took two sips, they offered to let me keep it but I told them it was okay. Another passer by who noticed my wristband for La Cabana called the hotel to let them know that a guest was involved in an accident. While waiting for the ambulance I was informed that as the accident was not my fault and as the rental car had insurance to cover incidents such as this, that my trip in the ambulance along with my treatment at the hospital was going to be covered by them. Before I got into the ambulance Stanley and another security officer from the Security office came over to check on me and offered to take my groceries back to my room for me. He also told me to come and check him when I got back from the hospital to insure that I was okay.
    At the hospital they made an initial examination, before sending me to have an ultra scan done of my stomach and chest, followed by x-rays. All of which showed no internal injuries or fractures. The scariest part for me was having blood drawn, because I’m deathly afraid of needles and am a bit squeamish as the sight of blood. Hence the reason I became a History major in college and not pre-med. There was swelling around my left ankle, which was bandaged up My treatment at the hospital was first rate and after picking up my prescription pills I caught a taxi back to the hotel.
    Upon my return to La Cabana I stopped by the main desk to look for Stanley. He had already left, however he had mentioned my situation to Michael on his fellow security officers who passed by my room to check up on me. It did not stop there. A few hours later with my bandaged left foot bandaged and walking a bit slower from the lingering soreness I went back to the lobby to meet up with my friend Sam and her little boy, her step-son and step-nephew. I went to sign in the boys to get wrist bands to use the pool when staff at the counter began to ask how I was doing, if I was okay. The assistant manager who had heard about my accident came over to talk to me and find out who I was feeling.
    I was completely taken aback by this. I mean here it was they were overwhelming concerned about my, and this was my first time staying their hotel. I may be sore for the remainder of my visit, but at least I get to do some of my recovery on Aruba. Needless to say my gratitude and appreciation for the concern and kindness shown to me throughout the ordeal really shows that the people of Aruba are really and truly a one of a kind people. Thanks and blessings to each and every one of them.
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 09-15-2014 at 09:11 AM.

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    Wow you must have been terrified! I'm glad you're okay and people made sure you got to the hospital to get checked out. Hope the remainder of your vacation is restful!!!

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    I'm so sorry to hear of the accident! Very happy to hear how amazing the staff is at La Cabana. I love it there. Hope the rest of your vacation is wonderful!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Wow, how scary that must have been. Glad to hear you are okay. I hope the rest of your trip is restful and safe.

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    Wow I was not expecting that story but I'm glad you are ok. I've crossed that street before to go to superfoods and it is dangerous. After reading your story, I'm going to take a cab there or to Lings since my 89 year old mother will be traveling with me and she walks kind of slow. Better safe than sorry.

    I hope the rest of your trip goes well..

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