Yesterday morning at about 10 am paul and i were bobbing about in the ocean in front of ABC. Along came a US NAvy ship, a fast Frigate.
The Aruba pilot boat came out to greet it and guided it in to port (downtown).
Later, paul and i stopped at Amsterdam Manor beach bar (BB Happy hr, no one there, we stayed for 40 minutes as i was not feeling well due to stomach bug) A handful of the sailors from the frigate were at AM beach bar. We sat with them, all of them including paul, chugging Balashis and me nursing a sprite. They told us that they have been on the s america route for the past 5 months! Aruba was their first warm weather port of call in 5 months.
Average age of these guys was approx 20.........handful of 19 yr olds and the rest 21 and 22 yr olds. INFANTS.
Funny stuff.......they all were enjoying big fat cuban cigars. they were drinking balashis and pina coladas rapidly. they were all very very white and loading each other up on sunblock. lots of folks walked by, noticed they were on shore leave and thanked them for their service. omgosh i felt old!!!