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Thread: Back to Aruba - Finally!

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    I love cucumber salad and the slimy clump in the container that Superfood sells is not the cuke salad that I love. (where is the emoji for gag?)


    I am glad that you posted about Asi Mi Peru.
    Paul and I have been by there a number of times and have bought ice cream at their little stand out front, but never dined inside.

    As you float aimlessly about, have you thought about where you'll stay on your next trip?

    Spring in MN should be awakening when you arrive home, so maybe it will not be "cold and dark", but warm and blossoming.
    Watching all of the news from there, the reporters/correspondents are still dressed for winter.

    Thank you so much for sharing your stay with us.

    If you are looking for good restaurant food "delivered"............contact Bingo. Their coconut shrimp is my favorite.


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    Today was my first day fully on my own and it was glorious. I probably spent waaaay too much time in the sun but I need to get it all in being from the cold, dark North. I am loving the huge, mostly empty pools at Oceania. I spent hours floating in them today; they're a nice change from the wind and sand on the beach. Though I did spend a couple of hours there as well. If that was all I did in Aruba, I would be completely satisfied. But it's my nature to try to experience as much as I possibly can, it's something I have to dial back so I don't end up completely exhausted.

    Tonight I dined at Asi Es Mi Peru. It was spectacular; I have never tasted Peruvian food before. The portions were ridiculously generous too. Definitely the place to go to if you want dinner and lunch the next day (and probably a snack to boot). I am going back within the next 48 hours. What was super special is that on the way over, it appears I lost my credit card. The hostess/owner called the front desk to alert them in case someone found it on the grounds. Their concern impressed me. (I packed two extra cards just in case. But I haven't seen any rogue charges on my account so I'm hoping it turns up.)

    At this point, I am super tempted to just stick around my condo tomorrow instead of going out. So I researched restaurant delivery services but it appears choices are limited; am I missing something, though?

    I love Super Foods, so that's always an option to trot over there and just get some kind of takeout. Speaking of which, I ordered groceries from them before I arrived. Some of it was a hit and some a miss. The biggest miss was cucumber salad, and I ordered a pound, of course. I mean, who could mess up cucumber salad? Alas, it had texture like seaweed - super slimy and weirdly bitter/bland. I don't know who on earth would think it's edible. The hits, however, made up for it: super tasty crab salad and the yummiest baked goods and sweet peppers stuffed with cream cheese.

    I am not getting on a scale for at least a week when I return home. I had lost 20 pounds before I arrived and I am pretty sure I have gained every ounce back. But what a way to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    I love cucumber salad and the slimy clump in the container that Superfood sells is not the cuke salad that I love. (where is the emoji for gag?)


    I am glad that you posted about Asi Mi Peru.
    Paul and I have been by there a number of times and have bought ice cream at their little stand out front, but never dined inside.

    As you float aimlessly about, have you thought about where you'll stay on your next trip?

    Spring in MN should be awakening when you arrive home, so maybe it will not be "cold and dark", but warm and blossoming.
    Watching all of the news from there, the reporters/correspondents are still dressed for winter.

    Thank you so much for sharing your stay with us.

    If you are looking for good restaurant food "delivered"............contact Bingo. Their coconut shrimp is my favorite.
    Thank you for that recommendation, I appreciate it! My sister messaged me today and it was 69 where she lives - three hours from Minneapolis so I am hoping for warmth! Just checked the local forecast: 70 on Monday, my first full day home, but then chilly and rainy for the rest of the week. But it is Minnesota and that is home. However, if my boss would allow it, and I didn't have kittens to worry about - I would definitely consider working from Aruba in the month of February, just because that feels like the longest month ever.

    On my next trip, which will be in at least a year (barring a lottery win) I may rent near the donkey sanctuary and volunteer there if they'll have me. Just love those gentle animals. And I really enjoy having the space and atmosphere (without all of the construction) of a condo. I will skip the tasting tables next time around - even though Jerry will be back and will indulge I am sure - I think the less price-y options are often just as good. Asi Es Mi Peru's dishes last night were a real eye-opener for that. Finally, I am looking forward to the day we can teleport here instead of having to deal with crazy long flights. It's just a bear to get anywhere tropical from the Midwest .

    Thank you again for your great advice and kind words; you really set a tone of kindness for this board and I appreciate it very much.

    It is 10:20 a.m. and NO CONSTRUCTION!!! YAY!!! I may hang out on my patio and sip coffee forever this morning. Every morning had something I had to do - drop off car, drop Jerry to the airport, donkey sanctuary visits, butterfly farms (oh...so draining ). So I am very grateful to just hang out.
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    thank you for the kind words.

    enjoy !
    Quote Originally Posted by ideastowords View Post
    Thank you for that recommendation, I appreciate it! My sister messaged me today and it was 69 where she lives - three hours from Minneapolis so I am hoping for warmth! Just checked the local forecast: 70 on Monday, my first full day home, but then chilly and rainy for the rest of the week. But it is Minnesota and that is home. However, if my boss would allow it, and I didn't have kittens to worry about - I would definitely consider working from Aruba in the month of February, just because that feels like the longest month ever.

    On my next trip, which will be in at least a year (barring a lottery win) I may rent near the donkey sanctuary and volunteer there if they'll have me. Just love those gentle animals. And I really enjoy having the space and atmosphere (without all of the construction) of a condo. I will skip the tasting tables next time around - even though Jerry will be back and will indulge I am sure - I think the less price-y options are often just as good. Asi Es Mi Peru's dishes last night were a real eye-opener for that. Finally, I am looking forward to the day we can teleport here instead of having to deal with crazy long flights. It's just a bear to get anywhere tropical from the Midwest .

    Thank you again for your great advice and kind words; you really set a tone of kindness for this board and I appreciate it very much.

    It is 10:20 a.m. and NO CONSTRUCTION!!! YAY!!! I may hang out on my patio and sip coffee forever this morning. Every morning had something I had to do - drop off car, drop Jerry to the airport, donkey sanctuary visits, butterfly farms (oh...so draining ). So I am very grateful to just hang out.
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    Hanging out on the balcony or lounging by the pool sounds wonderful. You certainly are enjoying a very full vacation. Asi Mi Peru is on our to try list. We are usually there in May but like last year that’s not happening. In an event I have a full list of restaurants to try when we return based on everyone’s recent reviews. Enjoy your last few days!!

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    Sure sounds like you are finally enjoying the relaxing vacation you needed! Enjoy the rest of your time and thanks so much for sharing it all with us!
    Spring had kind of sprung here in the Northeast - but I had to drag out the flannel PJs again last night. I'm done with winter!!!
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    Just catching up..sounds like you are really enjoying yourself now. Aruba is great and wow do I miss her!
    Trip 33 begins on July 15.








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    I know how you feel about being alone. I'm often hesitant to consider traveling with anyone else because it's so much more peaceful when you're alone HA!

    Don't forget to try the ice cream at Asi es mi Peru, even to bring back to the room. Yum!


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    Just catching up.... glad it's a great stay and thanks for sharing it!
    A little nonsense now and then is relished by the best of men!
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    Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

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    Thank you all for the kind words.

    Pegmeister, do make Asi Es Mi Peru a priority if you can. I hope you can make it back to Aruba sooner than later.

    LisaGrn, I had to drag out the winter pajamas when I got home, too! It was in the 30s in Minneapolis when I stepped off the airplane at midnight. UFFDA (a Minnesota colloquialism). But, at least there wasn't snow! (Apparently there was snow south of us.)

    Aruba4Ever, right there with you on your opinion of Aruba. I wish it wasn't such a haul from Minneapolis, though. Sunday was a 12-hour travel day with the layovers and customs, but I love that U.S. customs is in Aruba so you can just get it over with. Relieved they didn't charge me for my luggage that was overweight by five pounds.

    My friend, who had never been to Aruba before, had such a great time he blew every bit of his airline and hotel points to book us a week there from December 25 to January 1. This deserves another "Uffda" - to pay for this with money (as opposed to points) would have been ridiculously expensive; my friend might be able to afford it but I never could without winning the lottery. This will be a new kind of Aruba experience for me - we're staying at the Hilton in Palm Beach.

    I am hoping the direct flight on Sun Country (he's covering it so I will take the risk with this notoriously undependable airline) will be less strenuous. If it isn't, this will probably be my last trip.

    Travel insurance for the December trip is going to be complex as insurance doesn't cover reward points, apparently; a last-minute cancellation would cost an evening's hotel stay when you use reward points. But! An evening hotel stay at the Hilton during super high season is in excess of $850 - that is a huge chunk of change to me. And with unpredictable Minnesota weather, I think insurance of some kind is a must-have, so I am hoping I can find one that will cover the hotel fee if we get a huge snowstorm. With Sun Country, there's only one flight a week, so it's not like we can rebook for the next day.

    B Likes to Travel, thank you for getting it - having those three days to myself was rejuvenating.

    CPJones - thank you!

    WaltVB, thanks for reading my ramblings!
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