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    Senior Member SuperBunches's Avatar
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    Red face August 20 to September 5

    Made it! We left Philadelphia on time and had a very pleasant flight to One Happy Island. Hans from Tropic Car Rental was waiting for us, and we were soon on our way to get our car.

    For the first time, we are staying on Eagle Beach for a few days. I have always wanted to experience a stay on this part of the island, and this is the year! I bought pre-construction at the Surf Club with my ex, and now we share it every other year. I love the SC, but it is CROWDED...even
    "off-season." LeVent is lovely! The condo is nicely decorated and very clean. We are on the sixth floor with a great view of the pool and the beach. As I type, my husband and I are enjoying a beverage and the post-sunset view. (edit...I typed this last night and forgot to hit submit)

    We will be here until late Monday, and then we will move down to the Ocean Club for one week, and then over to the Surf Club for another.

    The players for this week include myself, my husband Tom, and his daughter Amy who came all the way from Laramie, Wyoming.

    We had dinner at Terrazzo Italiana which was a very short walk from LeVent. Amy and I enjoyed our meals very much, while Tom rated his meal as "just ok." He also said it's because I spoil him at home with my cooking.

    An observation... While Aruba truly is One Happy Island, it feels different this time. The joy and happiness from every, single Aruban we encountered is even more evident than before. This is our third visit since March 2020, and it feels even better than "old times." They all seem to be ecstatic to have us and our contributions to their economy back to almost normal.

    Now, on to vacationing!

    Good day, everyone!
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    So glad you made it to One Happy Island - sounds like you are very happy already! Enjoy every moment and keep us posted!
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    A nice, long trip!
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    Glad to hear your trip down was uneventful! Interested in hearing more about Levent when/if you have time.
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    Enjoy your time in Aruba. Looking forward to hearing from you during your stay.
    I love your husband's compliment to your cooking!
    ​Laura from NH/Divi Village

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    Enjoy!!
    Nice to hear that Hans is back.

    I really believe that most if not all of the Arubans are very grateful and appreciative of our continued support of their island.
    We as tourists we are most appreciative.

    Have a blast!!
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    Enjoy your trip! Looks like a nice long stay for you folks. Thanks for posting your trip report, we all enjoy reading them for sure! Have fun!

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    Glad to here you are enjoying it even more than before! Have a great trip.
    Trip 38 booked for Feb! Cant wait.







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    I am trying to keep up...

    On Sunday night we had dinner at Ike's Bistro at Manchebo. The service and food were both fantastic! We sat right by the pool. The weather was absolutely perfect. We were back at LeVent before 9 for an early bedtime.

    On Monday Tom and I headed to the Varadero Marina to join the crew at JADS for some diving. The current on the first part of the first dive was VERY strong, which made for some challenging diving. The visibility was good, but it was really a fight to stay on course. Everyone agreed that it wasn't the best of conditions. The second half was better and we saw a beautiful octopus. The second dive was also a bit challenging during the first part, but then Tom felt a pop and a sharp pain and thought maybe he perforated his eardrum and we had to surface. So far, he feels ok but he won't be able to dive again until he visits the clinic. It was a disappointing end to the dive day, but we are hopeful it isn't a serious perf. This would not be the first perforation for Tom.

    After diving, we went back to Levent to finish packing and move on to our next accommodation, the Marriott Ocean Club. Our main portion of the two bedroom was ready at 5 pm, but the second bedroom was not ready until almost 6 pm. This was a bit disappointing, as check in is supposed to be at 4, and they knew we were already on island and would be there at 4. Oh well. It's still vacation! Dinner was at Yemanja. Again, the service and food were excellent. We all crashed by about 9 pm.

    Tuesday: We were settled in to our condo at the Ocean Club. We got a palapa on the beach using the new online system, which was a breeze. Unfortunately, it was next to the activity hut on the beach, so it was a busy spot, but not a big deal. The day was breezy and beautifully warm, with an occasional cloud tossed in for effect.

    Dinner on Tuesday was at Faro Blanco. I know it gets mixed reviews, but we visit every year and find it to be a lovely atmosphere with very good food. My only observation this year is that the music was WAY TOO LOUD for me! It was definitely not "atmosphere music," unless that's your thing. It's dinner, not a nightclub. Just before dinner, we climbed to the top of the lighthouse. The view from up there was amazing and I highly recommend taking the walk up the 117 stairs.

    Wednesday I was back on the boat and Tom stayed behind with his daughter. I had two really nice dives over near the airport. We saw another beautiful octopus, a stingray, several large green moray eels, a scorpion fish, and lots of the other usual ocean critters. After diving I joined Tom and Amy back at the beach. We had a nice, quiet palapa this time! We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing and reading.

    Amy requested a special dinner during her visit (she lives in Wyoming and we live in Pennsylvania) so I wanted to do that for her. It is a tropical stir fry dish served in a pineapple boat. I love to cook and I travel with my own knives. It's a little work, but it makes her happy and that makes me happy.

    Today is Thursday, and it is departure day for Amy. We spent the morning by the pool, and came up in time for lunch and packing for Amy. We dropped her off at the airport earlier this afternoon.

    I was able to talk my sweet husband into visiting Urgent Care to get his ear checked. We went to the location in Noord, near the police station. They were quick and very kind. Good news and bad news.... No perf, but also no diving for 10 days. We are (blissfully) alone again for the next few days until my sister and her partner arrive. I am not sure what the rest of the day holds, as we didn't make a dinner plan yet. The beach, my latest book, and a cooler of Balashi sounds pretty good, though!
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    Sorry to read about the ear situation

    Really...you travel with your own knives??!! Cool!

    Thank you for sharing and continue to have a blast.
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    I am trying to keep up...

    On Sunday night we had dinner at Ike's Bistro at Manchebo. The service and food were both fantastic! We sat right by the pool. The weather was absolutely perfect. We were back at LeVent before 9 for an early bedtime.

    On Monday Tom and I headed to the Varadero Marina to join the crew at JADS for some diving. The current on the first part of the first dive was VERY strong, which made for some challenging diving. The visibility was good, but it was really a fight to stay on course. Everyone agreed that it wasn't the best of conditions. The second half was better and we saw a beautiful octopus. The second dive was also a bit challenging during the first part, but then Tom felt a pop and a sharp pain and thought maybe he perforated his eardrum and we had to surface. So far, he feels ok but he won't be able to dive again until he visits the clinic. It was a disappointing end to the dive day, but we are hopeful it isn't a serious perf. This would not be the first perforation for Tom.

    After diving, we went back to Levent to finish packing and move on to our next accommodation, the Marriott Ocean Club. Our main portion of the two bedroom was ready at 5 pm, but the second bedroom was not ready until almost 6 pm. This was a bit disappointing, as check in is supposed to be at 4, and they knew we were already on island and would be there at 4. Oh well. It's still vacation! Dinner was at Yemanja. Again, the service and food were excellent. We all crashed by about 9 pm.

    Tuesday: We were settled in to our condo at the Ocean Club. We got a palapa on the beach using the new online system, which was a breeze. Unfortunately, it was next to the activity hut on the beach, so it was a busy spot, but not a big deal. The day was breezy and beautifully warm, with an occasional cloud tossed in for effect.

    Dinner on Tuesday was at Faro Blanco. I know it gets mixed reviews, but we visit every year and find it to be a lovely atmosphere with very good food. My only observation this year is that the music was WAY TOO LOUD for me! It was definitely not "atmosphere music," unless that's your thing. It's dinner, not a nightclub. Just before dinner, we climbed to the top of the lighthouse. The view from up there was amazing and I highly recommend taking the walk up the 117 stairs.

    Wednesday I was back on the boat and Tom stayed behind with his daughter. I had two really nice dives over near the airport. We saw another beautiful octopus, a stingray, several large green moray eels, a scorpion fish, and lots of the other usual ocean critters. After diving I joined Tom and Amy back at the beach. We had a nice, quiet palapa this time! We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing and reading.

    Amy requested a special dinner during her visit (she lives in Wyoming and we live in Pennsylvania) so I wanted to do that for her. It is a tropical stir fry dish served in a pineapple boat. I love to cook and I travel with my own knives. It's a little work, but it makes her happy and that makes me happy.

    Today is Thursday, and it is departure day for Amy. We spent the morning by the pool, and came up in time for lunch and packing for Amy. We dropped her off at the airport earlier this afternoon.

    I was able to talk my sweet husband into visiting Urgent Care to get his ear checked. We went to the location in Noord, near the police station. They were quick and very kind. Good news and bad news.... No perf, but also no diving for 10 days. We are (blissfully) alone again for the next few days until my sister and her partner arrive. I am not sure what the rest of the day holds, as we didn't make a dinner plan yet. The beach, my latest book, and a cooler of Balashi sounds pretty good, though!
    THINK.. is it Thoughtful? Helpful? Inspirational? Necessary? Kind? sidtm
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