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    oh no!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by charles View Post
    A large Walt Disney Facility dead smack in the center of the island, surrounded by about 500 different world class eateries and bunches of Discount Stores and two level motels. A large LED sign so big it can be read from outer space that says

    ARUBA - LADIES NIGHT TWO FOR ONE .


    Lets not forget a small island next door for the Arubans to live. With a bridge of course so they can go to work.
    LASTLY: A small questionnaire to be filled out at the airport that asks one question.

    Please advise us - When Enough Is Enough
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    The only thing that is missing in Aruba that is really, really important to me.... is ME! 'cept when I'm there!

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    Nothing. If I want Las Vegas style shows, I will go to Vegas. If I want to shop WalMart, I will drive a mile down the road. Some of us do not go to Aruba to dine at Ruth Chris', Tony Roma's, etc. I cannot sit on the beach, dig my feet in the sand, swim in the beautiful Caribbean water, enjoy the Trade Winds, watch the sun set over the sea every evening like I can in Aruba. And yes, there are other islands in the Caribbean that you can experience the same things, but Aruba is my birth place. And so I look forward to three weeks every June to doing all of the above and head the rental car back to the Colony many times with a visit to Colorado Point, baby beach, Rodgers Beach, to "remember when" and thankful that I can every year. And I hope to do so for many years to come.

    Charles, my daughter and I will be at Playa Linda from June 16 to July 7. Hope one of these years to personally meet you.
    Be well,
    Dolores Williams Grissom (Lago 1935-1944)

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    Leave this island the way it is, the reason we all visit there is to escape our every day lives, we dont need a wal mart there or any big names stores. You go to the islands to escape those type of things. Leave the island alone!

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    Maybe the residents want or need a store like Walmart?
    Or CVS?

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    The only thing that I think the Island could use is some other sort of "day activities". Maybe a zip line park or something along those lines. We feel like we have done every activity there - although sitting on the beach or a sunset cruise never really gets old.

    In response to Delores - this is our 9th or 10th trip to the Island and we are eating at Ruth Chris' for the first time this trip. We dont eat at expensive restaurants at home - so we are spoiling ourselves to an American dinner in Aruba! We have always done more local dinners when in Aruba - but I had an urge for a $50 steak.
    -Eric, Karen and Mia-
    Aruba New Years 2017-18 12/28/17 - 1/3/18 (18th Trip)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    Maybe the residents want or need a store like Walmart?
    Or CVS?
    Who knows maybe they do in which case I would be all for it. I just hate to see these kind of places become americanized. I like to think of places like Aruba as my escape from reality and seeing American chain restaurants and stores doesn't help me escape from it all. I would much rather see a local resident have the option of starting there own company a restaurant, common needs store etc then to see the corporations take over the island. Just my opinion.

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    the only thing I wish they did have was an actual drugstore like a CVS so if you were allowed to get aspirin or cold medicine, you can get it. my husband was sick this last trip and of course we had nothing, bought advil cold at the kiosk at the paseo, that was useless. but then remembered I had a Z pack (always take one with me) and that knocked it out of him....

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    Why did I just assume that there were only "boticas" in Aruba because it was the law?

    Sort of like in the states, you can buy liquor in grocery stores in some states, while others you can only purchase alcohol in "state stores".

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    I think you're right, Lisa.

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