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    Safe travels... thanks for sharing and I sure hope you packed a serious down parka!
    A little nonsense now and then is relished by the best of men!
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    Thanks for the trip report. Fun reading. And thanks for sharing about your return covid testing process.
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    Thanks for sharing your trip with us. I still wonder why people live in areas where the temperature drops to such an ungodly number. Safe flights!
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    Loved your report. Glad you had a good time. 3 snaps for bonus the commentary.


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    Quote Originally Posted by WaltVB View Post
    Thanks for sharing your trip with us. I still wonder why people live in areas where the temperature drops to such an ungodly number. Safe flights!
    I was contemplating that today - especially considering that my refrigerator is 40 degrees warmer than it is outside right now. I think this climate is in my blood somehow - my Mom was from northern Ontario. And, it's fairly easy in Minneapolis/St. Paul to find a decent-paying job - though now that some workplaces are going fully remote, location won't matter as much.

    And, I am a huge music fan and Minneapolis has an amazing history. I mean, practically every day in Aruba I heard the song Funky Town, for instance. And if you visit Minneapolis, I can take you out to see some of the folks who performed that song - really doesn't matter when you show up. You can hear world-class musicians every week here - for a cover of all of $8 or $10 and sometimes for free. (Some are known to attend open mics.) Here's an article you may find of interest: https://mspmag.com/arts-and-culture/...-to-funkytown/

    Finally, Minneapolis isn't as congested or expensive as other cities. It's also nice to have an international airport 15 minutes from my home. And the spring and summer here is spectacular.

    Granted, the best way to live here is to spend January - March in a warmer climate. If it weren't for my cat, I would definitely consider it.
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    I very much enjoyed reading your trip report! Thank you for sharing your fabulous vacation with us!
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    Thank you all for the kind words about my trip report - I am glad you enjoyed it.

    It felt like yesterday I was setting my alarm for 4 a.m. to catch my ride to the airport - vacations feel like a dream once they're over. The flight home started off as well as it could - we were through both Aruba and American customs in an hour. No one asked us any of the typical questions about what we were bringing home. Maybe they don't see a point in it? I had nothing but mustard, curry ketchup and cookies to declare anyway.

    While we were waiting in line I heard some whines (other than my own), and up ahead were The. Most. Adorable. Puppies. Ever. Four were heading to Boston to their new families. Apparently, New Life for Paws finds adopters in the States and then enlists tourists to transport them. It was super cute when they had to take them out of their kennels and through security; I wish I had my camera in hand.

    I am glad I wasn't transporting any puppies, though, because our travel time was extended by three hours.

    We landed right on schedule. But then waited on the tarmac for an hour and a half because other planes were ahead of us and they needed to align the jet way. Then we waited another hour and a half for our luggage because the airline is short staffed. But, I am grateful to have made it home at all what with all the airline cancellations and delays on New Year's. As we disembarked, there were too many people camping out at the airport, and lined up at almost-empty vending machines. (We were at Humphrey Terminal, which doesn't have the wonderful dining choices of the main MSP terminal.)

    We met a lovely family from Bismark as we waited for our luggage - in addition to the long flight from Aruba, they looked forward to another six-hour drive home. But, it was still worth it to them because flights directly from Bismarck were $400 more per person and would have had to make a connection. Grateful Sun Country flies direct, even with the long waits. The Bismarck family stayed at LeVent Condos and they said they really enjoyed them and their proximity to Eagle Beach. A highlight of their trip was when they hired a taxi driver to take them around the island. They also mentioned that at least one person who flew down with us last Saturday didn't make it back - he tested positive.

    Some final random thoughts: The Hilton is an excellent resort. It was spacious, beautiful and extremely well maintained. The staff was always exceptionally gracious and responsive. For instance, the bartender served us at their outdoor bar near the reception desk even though it was closed - we were waiting for our flight and preferred not to traipse down to the beach. Furthermore, the managers regularly asked us how we were enjoying our stay.

    Our breakfasts there were plentiful and delicious - as I mentioned earlier, for $8 more as a Hilton diamond or gold awards member, you could get their full breakfast. It turns out that also includes ordering anything you want off the menu, in addition to the bottomless mimosas and the buffet.

    I am, however, not a resort person anymore - as I mentioned earlier, I prefer not having to look presentable all of the time, and I enjoy having more space and less crowds. However, there are trade offs - you don't get the excellent service. That's why many people love resorts: A woman stopped me at the beach and asked about the hotel - she was staying in a condo and preferred a full-service experience. I highly recommended the Hilton.

    I am still dreaming about some of my dining experiences. I forgot to mention - the happy hour Pinot Grigio at Bohemian was probably the best I've ever had - and I've imbibed way too much Pinot Grigio in my life. We regret not asking for the label. We are still wondering if they gave us a wildly expensive pour by mistake. But now it's time for my New Year's diet, and if I succeed, I am going to treat myself to another trip to Aruba - if that doesn't motivate me, nothing will.
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    I love all trip reports.
    Every one is so different, so varied.
    Your's is no exception!!!

    Sorry that you are back to the tundra and dieting.
    But glad that you made it there safe and sound.

    There are numerous animal rescue groups on the island.
    They for the most part her each other and support each other as they all have the same goals.
    Our favorite is ARF ..Animal Relief Foundation.
    Folks often comment that why adopt in Aruba when one can adopt at home?
    My answer is a life saved, is a life saved, no matter the location.

    Thanks for sharing your stay with us.

    Quote Originally Posted by ideastowords View Post
    Thank you all for the kind words about my trip report - I am glad you enjoyed it.

    It felt like yesterday I was setting my alarm for 4 a.m. to catch my ride to the airport - vacations feel like a dream once they're over. The flight home started off as well as it could - we were through both Aruba and American customs in an hour. No one asked us any of the typical questions about what we were bringing home. Maybe they don't see a point in it? I had nothing but mustard, curry ketchup and cookies to declare anyway.

    While we were waiting in line I heard some whines (other than my own), and up ahead were The. Most. Adorable. Puppies. Ever. Four were heading to Boston to their new families. Apparently, New Life for Paws finds adopters in the States and then enlists tourists to transport them. It was super cute when they had to take them out of their kennels and through security; I wish I had my camera in hand.

    I am glad I wasn't transporting any puppies, though, because our travel time was extended by three hours.

    We landed right on schedule. But then waited on the tarmac for an hour and a half because other planes were ahead of us and they needed to align the jet way. Then we waited another hour and a half for our luggage because the airline is short staffed. But, I am grateful to have made it home at all what with all the airline cancellations and delays on New Year's. As we disembarked, there were too many people camping out at the airport, and lined up at almost-empty vending machines. (We were at Humphrey Terminal, which doesn't have the wonderful dining choices of the main MSP terminal.)

    We met a lovely family from Bismark as we waited for our luggage - in addition to the long flight from Aruba, they looked forward to another six-hour drive home. But, it was still worth it to them because flights directly from Bismarck were $400 more per person and would have had to make a connection. Grateful Sun Country flies direct, even with the long waits. The Bismarck family stayed at LeVent Condos and they said they really enjoyed them and their proximity to Eagle Beach. A highlight of their trip was when they hired a taxi driver to take them around the island. They also mentioned that at least one person who flew down with us last Saturday didn't make it back - he tested positive.

    Some final random thoughts: The Hilton is an excellent resort. It was spacious, beautiful and extremely well maintained. The staff was always exceptionally gracious and responsive. For instance, the bartender served us at their outdoor bar near the reception desk even though it was closed - we were waiting for our flight and preferred not to traipse down to the beach. Furthermore, the managers regularly asked us how we were enjoying our stay.

    Our breakfasts there were plentiful and delicious - as I mentioned earlier, for $8 more as a Hilton diamond or gold awards member, you could get their full breakfast. It turns out that also includes ordering anything you want off the menu, in addition to the bottomless mimosas and the buffet.

    I am, however, not a resort person anymore - as I mentioned earlier, I prefer not having to look presentable all of the time, and I enjoy having more space and less crowds. However, there are trade offs - you don't get the excellent service. That's why many people love resorts: A woman stopped me at the beach and asked about the hotel - she was staying in a condo and preferred a full-service experience. I highly recommended the Hilton.

    I am still dreaming about some of my dining experiences. I forgot to mention - the happy hour Pinot Grigio at Bohemian was probably the best I've ever had - and I've imbibed way too much Pinot Grigio in my life. We regret not asking for the label. We are still wondering if they gave us a wildly expensive pour by mistake. But now it's time for my New Year's diet, and if I succeed, I am going to treat myself to another trip to Aruba - if that doesn't motivate me, nothing will.

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