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    Here's my take...
    . What is Aruba's main export? I believe its aloe
    2. Other than tourism, what is the main job/career of an Aruban resident?Tourism
    3. How safe is it to walk the streets alone? In Oranjestad and the east part of the island. Perfectly fine...thought I don't think I's stroll late at nite way behind downtown
    4. Where can I find non-profits organizations to contact? Lizzardo might know
    5. Are there any relevant issues in the country that others may be unaware of? Pet population is over the top and in need of outside help

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    I've also be hinted that Rum Shops make interesting projects. Does anyone know of any old ones?

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    Essoville Rum Shop at the south end of San Nicolaas. The Aruba Rum shop about 2 blocks from the big Catholic Church in San Nicolaas.

    The Little Josey Snack shop in the inland part of Savaneta.

    The Baby Store Rum Shop in Piedra Plat, gotta laugh at that name.

    I'll check for some others.

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    Export

    Aloe products and rum exports are so small that they are almost not worth mentioning in anything but a glossy tourism brochure.

    The only export worth talking about is oil and oil based products, and even then it is mainly reexport.

    Aruba's export amounts to less than 10% of its import, and that is even with the reexporting of oil included.

    So in reality Aruba has no true main export except for beautiful memories and golden tans.

    Other niches that have an impact on the Arubean economy is off-shore banking and transportation/storage.


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    the data is stale (2004) but everything should be the same save for the $$$ figures


    https://www.cia.gov/library/publicat...k/geos/aa.html

    Tourism is the mainstay of the small, open Aruban economy, with offshore banking and oil refining and storage also important. The rapid growth of the tourism sector over the last decade has resulted in a substantial expansion of other activities. Over 1.5 million tourists per year visit Aruba, with 75% of those from the US. Construction continues to boom, with hotel capacity five times the 1985 level. In addition, the country's oil refinery reopened in 1993, providing a major source of employment, foreign exchange earnings, and growth. Tourist arrivals have rebounded strongly following a dip after the 11 September 2001 attacks. The island experiences only a brief low season, and hotel occupancy in 2004 averaged 80%, compared to 68% throughout the rest of the Caribbean. The government has made cutting the budget and trade deficits a high


    Exports:

    $124 million f.o.b.; note - includes oil reexports (2006)
    Exports - commodities:

    live animals and animal products, art and collectibles, machinery and electrical equipment, transport equipment
    Exports - partners:

    Panama 29.7%, Colombia 17%, Netherlands Antilles 13.2%, US 11.3%, Venezuela 10.9%, Netherlands 9.2% (2007)

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    Another export - Oil???

    Also Heineken is doing some promotion or something to honor the "rum shops" on the island. Part of Aruba's history.

    Those ads in aruba today can be seen online:

    http://www.arubatoday.com/

    Just page thru the online version for some "subtle" massage ads - yeah right

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    Hi Patrick,
    My husband is also a photographer. Aruba is a goldmine of scenic wonder and waterscapes. My husband loves to photograph children playing on the beach, building sand castles, splashing in the surf. The smiles on the kids are SO genuine that the photos can make you laugh.
    One word of advise if you photograph kids. Ask and explain to the parents BEFORE you start shooting. I know it removes the spontanity of a candid shot, but the parents don't know you or why you want to photograph their kids. Some can be very protective and equate photographers with pornographers.
    As far as being safe on the beaches and streets, my husband regularly walks at sunset, night, and dawn with a Nikon D100, a shoulder bag full of lenses and a tripod. He has never had problem. (he is 6'5" 265 lbs.)
    If you are going down shortly, I am a great assistant and seem to draw iguannas from the woodwork! Haha.
    Good shooting.

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    As far as being safe on the beaches and streets, my husband regularly walks at sunset, night, and dawn with a Nikon D100, a shoulder bag full of lenses and a tripod. He has never had problem. (he is 6'5" 265 lbs.)
    Lol.....that explains why he's never had a problem.

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    What kind of charities are you looking for?

    Also - just wondering why you are asking these questions for your photography?

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    there are many reasons why a parent will say NO
    • some kids are at "risk" and their privacy is necessary
    • some kids are in the "foster system" and again, privacy necessary
    • photographers....porn....pedophile some do equate this i was one of those parents in 1986 in a grocery store in watertown ma, my child was ripped from my arms by FRANK PERDUE. he was at the store doing an ad and needed a cute baby. kevin was an infant and i almost DIED. I went in only to get a package of chicken breasts.......had the baby and chicken in my arms and next thing i knew the old guy was snatching the kid for a photo op.
    but .......kids are wonderful to photograph.

    and i do really like your name pondladykim

    andrea

    Quote Originally Posted by pondladykim View Post
    Hi Patrick,
    My husband is also a photographer. Aruba is a goldmine of scenic wonder and waterscapes. My husband loves to photograph children playing on the beach, building sand castles, splashing in the surf. The smiles on the kids are SO genuine that the photos can make you laugh.
    One word of advise if you photograph kids. Ask and explain to the parents BEFORE you start shooting. I know it removes the spontanity of a candid shot, but the parents don't know you or why you want to photograph their kids. Some can be very protective and equate photographers with pornographers.
    As far as being safe on the beaches and streets, my husband regularly walks at sunset, night, and dawn with a Nikon D100, a shoulder bag full of lenses and a tripod. He has never had problem. (he is 6'5" 265 lbs.)
    If you are going down shortly, I am a great assistant and seem to draw iguannas from the woodwork! Haha.
    Good shooting.

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