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    We are enjoying your trip report - thank you! We are anxious to hear about your outbound covid testing in detail. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oneil1343 View Post
    We are enjoying your trip report - thank you! We are anxious to hear about your outbound covid testing in detail. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience.
    Thank you so much!

    I expect the Covid testing to be uneventful - we scheduled our departure test the day we arrived. We're going to test at the hotel and the front desk advised us to book it immediately. I thought we had to have a test within 24 hours of the flight, but it only needs to be the day before. If there was a 24-hour rule, that would have been a challenge as our fight doesn't take off until after 5 p.m. I will keep you posted!
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    Thank you for the testing details. Enjoy the rest of your wonderful trip! Safe travels home.
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    Your trip report is making me smile....thanks!
    A little nonsense now and then is relished by the best of men!
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    Well, I was up at the break of dawn to meditate, wandered up the road to the Butterfly Farm only to find out the meditation instructor was sick . I hope it isn't Covid and I didn't ask. So I strolled over to the Bubali Bird Sanctuary. On the way, I spied the cutest black and white ducks and had to let them know how darling they are and how bad I felt I didn't have any food for them. Then I heard a voice behind me: "We feed them every morning and they're waiting for us to open." It was a worker from the Urgent Care across the street. Glad they're taken care of - though I know some folks believe you shouldn't feed the birds. I am not one of them, obviously.

    The Bird Sanctuary was an oasis of green and I was the only person there, it was a much-needed break from the crowds.

    By the way, it is a good thing I don't have a television. I would be in a nonstop state of outrage. My companion keeps PBS and BBC on pretty much nonstop (another reason I prefer a larger condo - I can move to another room to get away). There was a documentary on last night about a corporation called Insys that made an aerosol fentanyl product. The owner was a greedy SOB and they bribed doctors and enlisted pill mills (basically doctors who pushed drugs) and were indicted under RICO (corruption) laws typically used for mobsters. Long story short: They have probably have decimated the lives of hundreds if not thousands of people from overdoses and getting them addicted - including a judge in Arizona (the doctor gave her hundreds of used canisters from which she extracted drug leftovers and injected it).

    The pharmacy's owner is getting out of "jail" (he's staying at a minimum security prison in Duluth, Minn.) in 2025, the sales managers only got a couple of years. These were nothing but drug pushers and anyone else, any other drug pushers on the street, would have been tossed in a maximum security prison for decades. I am hoping the families impacted by these drug pushers bring a civil suit and the company's leader ends up penniless. The report was horrific. And now, I need to avoid the television and the news for the rest of my vacation - I am so grateful I am healthy and I have never been in the kind of pain that required opiates and I am grateful that I can earn a living without destroying someone else.
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    Oh my, you definitely should not be watching television! Vacation is your time to relax am regroup and refresh. Aruba is such a beautiful place to do it. There are so many awful stories out there. Even at home, I limit my news watching. Much prefer sappy, romantic movies! Get yourself on the beach and enjoy.

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    those black and white ducks have a racket going on!!
    if they are the "so ugly they are cute ducks, I know their plan well"
    I believe that they are Muscovy ducks.
    they are indeed well fed. (if you have to feed them, feed cracked corn not bread)

    we cannot feed birds here in our area (it is a county law).
    we chose to ignore the law, fed the birds seed from feeders but the seed on the ground attracted snakes.
    we are now law abiding citizens.

    I am loving you Aruba story.
    keep writing...even when you are home....pretend that you are still there!

    Quote Originally Posted by ideastowords View Post
    Well, I was up at the break of dawn to meditate, wandered up the road to the Butterfly Farm only to find out the meditation instructor was sick . I hope it isn't Covid and I didn't ask. So I strolled over to the Bubali Bird Sanctuary. On the way, I spied the cutest black and white ducks and had to let them know how darling they are and how bad I felt I didn't have any food for them. Then I heard a voice behind me: "We feed them every morning and they're waiting for us to open." It was a worker from the Urgent Care across the street. Glad they're taken care of - though I know some folks believe you shouldn't feed the birds. I am not one of them, obviously.

    The Bird Sanctuary was an oasis of green and I was the only person there, it was a much-needed break from the crowds.

    By the way, it is a good thing I don't have a television. I would be in a nonstop state of outrage. My companion keeps PBS and BBC on pretty much nonstop (another reason I prefer a larger condo - I can move to another room to get away). There was a documentary on last night about a corporation called Insys that made an aerosol fentanyl product. The owner was a greedy SOB and they bribed doctors and enlisted pill mills (basically doctors who pushed drugs) and were indicted under RICO (corruption) laws typically used for mobsters. Long story short: They have probably have decimated the lives of hundreds if not thousands of people from overdoses and getting them addicted - including a judge in Arizona (the doctor gave her hundreds of used canisters from which she extracted drug leftovers and injected it).

    The pharmacy's owner is getting out of "jail" (he's staying at a minimum security prison in Duluth, Minnl.) in 2025, the sales managers only got a couple of years. These were nothing but drug pushers and anyone else, any other drug pushers on the street, would have been tossed in a maximum security prison for decades. I am hoping the families impacted by these drug pushers bring a civil suit and they company's leader ends up penniless. The report was horrific. And now, I need to avoid the television and the news for the rest of my vacation - I am so grateful I am healthy and I have never been in the kind of pain that required opiates and I am grateful that I can earn a living without destroying someone else.

    THINK.. is it Thoughtful? Helpful? Inspirational? Necessary? Kind? SIDTM
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    So, the "Gullible Tourist" forehead stamp must be flashing again.

    Last night, we were strolling down the main drag and more pretty young things (the island is crawling with them, I tell you!) hand me a sample of body lotion. Then one says, "Wait! I have eye cream for you! Come with me!" As I have been offered this before, and my companion and I didn't have any set destinations we needed to get to, I was feeling adventurous and complied.

    They pat one eye bag with a glue-like concoction which they set with a tiny dollar-store fan as they exclaimed how much younger I looked, while, of course, simultaneously declaring my great beauty [eyeroll]. So I now I have one eye with bags and one without, and it appears it will remain so unless I fork out $399 for this fountain of youth that will last two years! And, I have to buy it NOW because the store will be closed for the holidays.

    "Sorry, we're late for dinner," I lied and literally bolted out of the store.

    I am not their market. I am at peace with my age. I have had my time being a pretty young thing and that season of my life is behind me and that's just fine. They need to target the nipped-and-tucked bunch as they have more disposable income and are more invested in their appearance.

    We walked to the Ritz Carlton - I have never stepped foot in one before. It was very busy and very swanky and I contemplated who can afford $1,800 a night...same planet, different world. Of course, we decide to visit the fanciest place on the island on the night I looked like I literally rolled off my beach chair after too many Aruba Aribas...but at least one eye was presentable .

    On the way back, we stopped by what I recall was Palm Beach Plaza - a mall with a handful of high-end shops but more abandoned storefronts. My friend pulled up an article on his smart phone; it noted how the pandemic has hurt tourism and Aruba is now looking to use its oil refineries to generate income.

    However, I would have never guessed tourism was down after my visit to Super Foods earlier that day. The crowds were insane at 8:30 a.m. My friend responded wryly, "You'd think it was the day before a holiday or something."

    I strolled over and back just to work off some of the amazing meals - the effort might have compensated for a bite of dessert. As I was overtaken by jogger after jogger both there and back, I almost wished I would have packed my tennis shoes. Almost.

    The rest of the day was spent lounging on a palapa (I forgot to cancel a reservation) and floating in the ocean However, I do prefer Eagle Beach to Palm Beach - it's not so frenetic and people-packed. But, Hilton points needed to be burned so here I am.

    As I was floating I was contemplating my favorite, least-expensive treats and here they are:

    - The early-bird menu at The Bohemian - the beef skewers were amazing.
    - The onion soup at The Bohemian.
    - The lobster soup, with chunks of it, at Papillon
    - The lava cake at Papillon
    - The spicy crab salad from Super Food
    - The garlic shrimp appetizer with alfredo on the side at Le Petit Cafe.
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    We prefer Eagle Beach as well, but have to say it’s fun to stay in Palm Beach area as well. At this time of the year the Ritz rates would be outrageous but have to say you can get more reasonable rates in the off season. We stayed there a few years ago and I have to say the service was fabulous. They even upgraded our room to ocean front when we checked in, which was a surprise. It helps that we’re retired and our timing for vacation is flexible.

    Those cosmetic sales people are worse than the timeshare vendors! Never came across one in Aruba but when we’re in Vegas they are everywhere! Enjoying your posts and glad you’re having fun.

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    gullible tourist ............laughing!!
    I am loving your writings!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by ideastowords View Post
    So, the "Gullible Tourist" forehead stamp must be flashing again.

    Last night, we were strolling down the main drag and more pretty young things (the island is crawling with them, I tell you!) hand me a sample of body lotion. Then one says, "Wait! I have eye cream for you! Come with me!" As I have been offered this before, and my companion and I didn't have any set destinations we needed to get to, I was feeling adventurous and complied.

    They pat one eye bag with a glue-like concoction which they set with a tiny dollar-store fan as they exclaimed how much younger I looked, while, of course, simultaneously declaring my great beauty [eyeroll]. So I now I have one eye with bags and one without, and it appears it will remain so unless I fork out $399 for this fountain of youth that will last two years! And, I have to buy it NOW because the store will be closed for the holidays.

    "Sorry, we're late for dinner," I lied and literally bolted out of the store.

    I am not their market. I am at peace with my age. I have had my time being a pretty young thing and that season of my life is behind me and that's just fine. They need to target the nipped-and-tucked bunch as they have more disposable income and are more invested in their appearance.

    We walked to the Ritz Carlton - I have never stepped foot in one before. It was very busy and very swanky and I contemplated who can afford $1,800 a night...same planet, different world. Of course, we decide to visit the fanciest place on the island on the night I looked like I literally rolled off my beach chair after too many Aruba Aribas...but at least one eye was presentable .

    On the way back, we stopped by what I recall was Palm Beach Plaza - a mall with a handful of high-end shops but more abandoned storefronts. My friend pulled up an article on his smart phone; it noted how the pandemic has hurt tourism and Aruba is now looking to use its oil refineries to generate income.

    However, I would have never guessed tourism was down after my visit to Super Foods earlier that day. The crowds were insane at 8:30 a.m. My friend responded wryly, "You'd think it was the day before a holiday or something."

    I strolled over and back just to work off some of the amazing meals - the effort might have compensated for a bite of dessert. As I was overtaken by jogger after jogger both there and back, I almost wished I would have packed my tennis shoes. Almost.

    The rest of the day was spent lounging on a palapa (I forgot to cancel a reservation) and floating in the ocean However, I do prefer Eagle Beach to Palm Beach - it's not so frenetic and people-packed. But, Hilton points needed to be burned so here I am.

    As I was floating I was contemplating my favorite, least-expensive treats and here they are:

    - The early-bird menu at The Bohemian - the beef skewers were amazing.
    - The onion soup at The Bohemian.
    - The lobster soup, with chunks of it, at Papillon
    - The lava cake at Papillon
    - The spicy crab salad from Super Food
    - The garlic shrimp appetizer with alfredo on the side at Le Petit Cafe.

    THINK.. is it Thoughtful? Helpful? Inspirational? Necessary? Kind? SIDTM
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