We have come down for an extended stay on the island for 3 months. At this time of year it is quiet. With the trade winds blowing, it has not been oppresively hot....in fact it has been very pleasnt.
Today, we decided to stop by Zeerovers after picking up our 100lb container of gas from Arugas. When we arrived, the parking lot was beyond full. Cars double and triple parked. We went into Zeerovers and there were many Aruban people there chatting and mingling. In the centre of the restaurant were 3 religious statues..The Virgin Mary, Joseph and the Statue depicting the Bleeding Heart.
I went to see about ordring some shrimp and was politely told I would need to wait about 30 minutes as a ceremony was about to commence. Of course, yours truly was really curious about all of this. I was told that today was the day on which the Sacred Heart was honoured and that the Aruban people attending were fishermen, family and friends and the ceremony blessed the fishermen and their boats.
Within minutes, the whole group broke into song singing beautiful hymmns. Now, I am not super religious but I was moved. Men, Women and many children....a sight to see of families and friends truly enjoying life.
How did we get so lucky as to stop there today??