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    Glad to hear that you all are having a great vacation.Enjoy the rest of your stay.

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    Sounds like your having a blast!! I cannot wait to go to Madame J's in May.

    Cheers to you all!!

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    Here is another update for those who like to read lengthy reports:


    DAY FOUR

    Our day started out pretty normal, but there were some events that will forever change my opinon about downtown Aruba. But more on that later.

    We woke up fairly late today, we had a really late night the night before by staying out by the pool and drinking pretty heavily (well we are only in our 30s hehe), listening to some good music, the weather was perfect, we didn't want the night to end so we enjoyed ourselves until pretty much 2-3am.

    When I woke up it was probably around 11am or so. I ate breakfast, and immediately started to feel nauceous. I wonder why huh? So today was the day where I just drank water, water, water, and water. Until later on. We all hung around the pool to get some sun and then around 2pm or so we started to get a little hungry so we decided to make it over to Senoir Frogs. A friend of ours with us hasn't been there before, so we thought it would be nice for her to check it out. Last year when we went we were one of three couples there, it was deserted. Hoping it would be a little more happening this time, we went with high hopes. I was feeling better by then as well, so I could go for a couple "yard" drinks myself as well.

    Well this year, we were the ONLY people in there (except for one couple sitting on the outside balcony). Since we were there for lunch, we looked at their food menu and it is quite scarce. And VERY pricey. Mozzy sticks, $9. Fish and Chips $15. No burgers. Coconut Shrimp / Shrimp in a Bucket $20. BBQ platter $35. Are these people serious?!?!!?

    Well we ordered two Mozzy Sticks, I got Fish and Chips, Chips and Salsa, extra thing of Guacamoly (sp), and Shrimp wrapped with bacon. And we all had a "baby yard" drink, with one refill.

    Half way into the meal, I fealt so nauceaus that I ran to the bathroom thinking I was going to throw up. Needless to say, I didn't eat my Fish or drink my refill. After paying a $220 bill (?!?!!?!?!?!??!!?), we figured we would walk around downtown and do a little shopping. Well thats when this story gets a little frightening.

    Downtown Aruba has ALWAYS been safe, even before I came here my wife would tell me stories about how she went with her friend at night, to go to Carlos and Charlies and do a little shopping at the outside shop huts and never had a problem. Today, for some reason all the shops were closing up at 6pm, so our choices were limited to the outside strip of little touristy shops selling hats, shirts, magnets, etc.... so we headed over there.

    The MOMENT we stepped foot on that property we had a "homeless" man come up to us and asked for money. We don't carry cash, only travelers checks, so we said "Sorry, no cash". He then followed us, right next to us..closely next to us.., and said "There's an ATM right over there", I said no, I don't have any cards either. He then said "How about buying me a meal, or at least an alcoholic drink". I looked at him, and gave him a look that pretty much said "If you don't leave us alone, there will be a problem". He left us alone. For now. When we turned around, I saw two really shady looking guys approach my friend and his wife who were ahead of us. They talked a bit, I saw my friend make a face and shake his head and said "NO", and they walked away. We then stopped into a shop to look at hats (I'm looking for a little straw-ish looking hat that I see a lot of people wearing lately... like a Jason Mraz'ish hat), they didn't have it in that shop so we stopped into another one and looked. I was browsing, and happened to see those two people that talked to my friend standing outside the entrance to the store. We decided that they looked like they were up to no good, so we walked out of the store and proceeded to walk down towards the end of the storefronts to see what was down there, to try to get some distance. I kept glancing behind me, and there they were following us. We went into another store and before we got into it, there was the same homeless man asking us AGAIN, the whole spiel. We ignored him and kept walking, and decided to just get the hell out of there. We then got stopped by some woman who wanted to braid our hair, we said no and even SHE persisted.

    As we started walking back to the alley by Senoir Frogs where were parked, I still noticed those two guys walking behind us but to the side trying to stay hidden. They were definately up to no good, so we walked across to the street to the mall hoping that there would be police or something, but everything was closed. Mind you, there were ALOT of tourists here at the time.. but they were fixated on US. So we decided to grab a cab, one stopped and we jumped in and just told him to drive us to the Holiday Inn. As we got in the car, I saw the guy point and they started to walk in that direction as well.

    Great, I thought.. I've seen enough movies, now they're going to tail us in cars.... I kept looking behind me, and they were no where to be seen. No cars following us. We then asked the driver to drive us back to Senoir Frogs because we "forgot something". We then get into our car, and drove away. We never saw them again. That night, however, we kept our house fully alarmed, everything locked. They definately put us on edge. Felt like we were about to be kidnapped by the Aruban Drug Lords. Cause that is what they asked my friend. They asked if he wanted to buy drugs "What do you want, pot, coke, crack, meth.....?" I could NOT believe this when he told me this.

    Aruba has NEVER been like this, since I've been here, and has forever put a damper on ever going downtown again.

    Later that night when our nerves started to calm down, I started to feel better and needless to say, was now starving. So we drove to the Holiday Inn and went to Senoir Frogs to get some takeout, drove home, devoured the rips, and swam until my body could no longer function.

    I did not sleep well that night.


    DAY FIVE

    Yesterday was one of the reasons why we decided to come to Aruba during this time of the year. Feb. 10th was our 5 year anniversary, and we wanted to do something special. We hung around the house, ate a late breakfast, swam, watched a little TV, and around 5:00pm we left to go to the Tamarjn beach. It was nearing sunset, it was perfect. Not too many people around, just the 5 of us.

    We renewed our wedding vows during an Aruban sunset on the beautiful beach, surrounded by great friends. Our one friend is licensed in the state of NJ to perform marriages and vow renewals, and he was the one who came with us (with his wife). So he performed the ceremony, and my wife and I renewed our love for each other.

    We then went upstairs to the sunset bar for happy hour, had a few rounds of Aruba Aribas, and then headed back to Madame Janettes for our special dinner.

    We got to MJ's pretty early, so there wasn't such a huge crowd. We all wanted something lighter to eat instead of the usual Goloush and Surf and Turf. So I got a potato leak soup (DELICOUS), and their Chicken Cordon Bleu (also VERY good). We ordered a Muscat wine (same we got on our first night) and it was so good, but went too fast. When the waiter came over he asked if we wanted another bottle of wine, and I joked and said "only if it's on the house", he chuckled and said "no..sorry.. but you can order just a glass". I said I was fine. About 1/2 way through our meal he came back to ask if everything was alright, we said it was great, he then reached behind him, had another bottle of wine, and filled our glasses to the brim. I said to him "I was only kidding, you don't have to do this" and he said.. "it's ok, I bought it, I'll drink the rest at home".

    Have you EVER had a waiter buy a bottle of wine for you? It was humbling.

    He was a great server, and we left him a very, VERY, generious tip.

    We came home, hung by the pool for a few hours, went inside and watched a movie "The Hangover", and then slowly one by one we went to bed.

    Our one friend went early, and was kinda somber because she was leaving the next day.

    DAY 6

    We said goodbye to our friend, and to have a safe flight. I feel bad cause she is flying home to a Noreaster. And I know she's gonna be cursing us out cause we'll be here in the pool.

    We're gonna take it easy today, pop a steak on the grill, and just hang around the pool. We all feel a little restauranted out.

    That's it for now. Our trip is at it's mid-point, and it's kinda sad. But we still have 4 days left!!!!!! I'll post back again in a few days.


    STAY AWAY FROM DOWNTOWN!

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    Since all the new shops that are opening on Eagle Beach it seems there is no good reason to go downtown anymore.We have noticed that it doesn't have that welcome look to it anymore.We still go downtown just to see if anything has changed in a year.Last year it just seemed that more shops are closing than opening,except for the Renn that has some really upscale stores.Its just not the same. Even when you park in the lot where the bus station is you tend to be looking over your shoulder.

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    In my 3 trips to Aruba, I only went downtown once. We wanted to see what was there. I'm not much of a shopper, so I can get by with the shops near the high rise area.

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    Sad what has been going on downtown. I've been hearing more and more incidents of "homeless" people loitering as well as an increase in drug pushers. Thankfully, it has never happened to us (although we did come across a homeless man behind some of the stores downtown last year, but he did not approach us for money). It seems the bad economy has stretched all the way to our home away from home. Even so, I hope that the police will patrol these areas a bit better as it will deter the tourists from coming and the businesses will lose even more money. Despite your unfortunate incident I hope you don't let it dampen your spirits for the rest of your trip as it sounds lovely so far. We'll be in Aruba in 31 more days!!!!

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    Nah, it was bad that day and night, but all was well the next. And today, it is nearly forgotten. Thanks to, nearly, 15 Amstel Brights so far. Hahahahah... can you tell that my wife and I like to drink?!?! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnyecks View Post
    Nah, it was bad that day and night, but all was well the next. And today, it is nearly forgotten. Thanks to, nearly, 15 Amstel Brights so far. Hahahahah... can you tell that my wife and I like to drink?!?! LOL
    LOL We ALL like to drink! That's why Aruba is the "happy island."

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    I love reading your trip report. Sad to think that the down town has deteriorated to homeless people following tourists. Such a shame.

    Tell us more when you can!!

    Thanks!

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    Wow, thanks for sharing. I will def be more alert when we go downtown. We enjoy walking around the "straw huts" and seeing the colorful buildings. We haven't had any problems before, I hadn't realized our Aruba has changed so much.

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