Hello Everyone! I wanted to introduce myself to the forum. I stumbled into your happy place when I was researching our upcoming visit to the island - and I am so glad I did. I have gone through a lot of the posts before joining and I am so impressed by not only Andrea's consistent helpful responses, but also by all the fun and positive postings/responses by all the members. I am so happy to be a part of your community. Thanks for including me.
Now, a bit about me. I first stepped off a plane onto the island with my brother and my parents when I was just 3 years old. My father was an engineer with the refinery and he and my mom quickly brought another brother and two sisters into the world and the five of us kids spent endless hours playing in the ocean at Babys Beach and Rodgers Beach. Unfortunately, my parents didn't stay together and soon after their divorce I went o live on another island - Long Island! Yup, Aruba to New York, what a shock to the system! But the story doesn't end badly. My father remained on the Island and so my two brothers and I would spend months during the summers and between semesters while in college visiting the island. Of course this ended when the refinery closed in 1985 and my father moved off-island. One of the best memories of these trips, the thing I remember most, is when the plane doors would open and the warm Aruban air would come rushing into the plane. The smell of Aruba was so familiar to me and would welcome me with every visit.
So, I'm now planning a return to the island with my wife and daughter for next January. We've rented a bungalow out in the now more or less vacant "colony". And I'll be posting here and there to find out how best to make our stay fun. I know a LOT has changed on the island, but that's a given - I'm thanking everyone who will see my posts in advance for any help/advice you can give us.
ps I promise I won't be so wordy in the future