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Thread: Live trip report #18 2/18/20-4/2/20

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    SCHEXC ..are your adult children being (I am trying to find the right words) "concerned" about u 2 being so far away?
    my son and family are 1200 miles from us and (Maine and FL) and the face times are getting a little more .....crabby.
    they want us to go there.
    Paul and I say no way........it is warm and sunny here and the pool is still open and if it closes we still have our patio, hot tub and warmth.
    there........they have mud, cold weather, and it is their home not ours.

    so, are your kids are beginning to be uncomfortable?

    you may want to meet with the pharmacist sooner rather than later about your supplies.

    have fun and enjoy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    SCHEXC ..are your adult children being (I am trying to find the right words) "concerned" about u 2 being so far away?
    my son and family are 1200 miles from us and (Maine and FL) and the face times are getting a little more .....crabby.
    they want us to go there.
    Paul and I say no way........it is warm and sunny here and the pool is still open and if it closes we still have our patio, hot tub and warmth.
    there........they have mud, cold weather, and it is their home not ours.

    so, are your kids are beginning to be uncomfortable?

    you may want to meet with the pharmacist sooner rather than later about your supplies.

    have fun and enjoy

    Because we have so many, seven, it's a varied response. They've all questioned if we'll be able to return to the states. Because the confirmed cases here, are less than NYS, or even the county we live in, we and they feel we are safer here. A couple of them are working from home, one has been out of work for a few days, and the others are still working their regular jobs. The one's that have three little kids are the most "crabby", as they are home bound all day, with no relief from, "mommy, mommy, mommy". As NYS continues to tighten the containment belt, I'm sure their own "situation anxiety", will increase. They are also comfortable with our decision making process. We continue to gather more information, and will contemplate our choices, as the situations are changing daily, both here and in the states.

    The continuing medication, maybe the deciding factor of out final decision.







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    Wednesday Day 30:

    Stopped by Lings to pickup a couple of items. They were still taking temperatures at the door and had hand sanitizer at the door.

    Just hung out at the pool all day. There are still other guests here, but it is thinning quickly.

    Went to the Beach Bar at the Divi for the tail end of happy hour. There were fifteen or so people there.

    Had dinner in off the grill and then watched a little TV.

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    these trip reports are very welcomed and appreciated.

    it is also sad to read of your's and robin's winding down........and not the way it is supposed to wind down.
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    Thursday Day 31:

    The government is directing more closings here. Went to the gym and saw the closed sign on the door
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    Went to the AA office in Sun Plaza. Made the executive decision to end our trip early. The staff was very nice and other people that were there were accepting the reality in calm fashion. We are now returning to the states on Sunday.

    Went back to the condo for lunch and then started the cleaning the condo. We take the time to move all the furniture and get behind the areas that the maids can’t do, as some of the furniture is quite heavy. At least we have a few days to do it at our leisure.

    Spent the rest of the afternoon at the pool, trying to get our last few days of real sun. There is only a dozen or so units occupied now from tenants. The property will not be vacant though, as there are a few full-time residents that live here.

    Went back to the Beach Bar for happy hour. Looked like the exact same people there from the previous night. Only one bartender serving the group. He said they might stay open until the end of next week, but my guess is they’ll be shutting down before that.

    We took another ride through the Palm Beach area. I’d say that 80% of everything was shut down. So strange to see.

    Came back to the condo to eat in again. We only have a couple more days of food left, so that’s working out. A couple from PA sat with us. We ended up staying under the gazebo with them until 1:00 AM, sharing stories and polishing off some of our extra booze. It was a fun night!

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    Friday Day 32:

    Did some more condo cleaning, laundry to pack away and just generally picking up this morning.

    Went to Super Foods to pickup a couple of things and look for some hand sanitizer. They had employed a new entry system. Carts were being cleaned and then distributed to everyone entering the store, to help maintain distance between shoppers, and they were also limiting the number of people within the store.

    We didn’t find any sanitizer or disinfecting wipes, so we went to Ling’s, Opp Opp, two Boticas and a medical supply store, but all were sold out.

    Came back to the condo and saw that we had an email from AA, notifying us that our scheduled flight was canceled. Talked to Robin and Stu, as they were in the same situation. Shortly after, we received another email, asking us to choose an alternative flight. Followed the link and there was only one option offered. It was still Sunday, but connecting in Charlotte, instead of Philly. We’d prefer Charlotte anyway. We could not assign seats to Charlotte, so we’ll see where we end up; the plane appears to be full.

    Sat at the pool for a bit and then headed to the Beach Bar for happy hour. The staff told us yesterday, that they would be open until the end of next week, but when we arrived, they were shuttered down.

    Stopped at Mathew’s, to see of they were open. Then was one person at the bar and a couple people seated for dinner. We had a beverage and chatted with the bartender. He seemed to think that they would be open until Wednesday, and said he took a job doing maintenance at the property, when the food and beverage shuts down. We sat for a bit and a few more people filtered in for dinner, maybe a dozen total.

    Came back to the condo and cooked dinner on the grill, and then sat outside for a bit before retiring.

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    I thanked Robin last night.......now it is time to thank you!

    In this scary and very weird time, you provided us with a wonderful distraction, wonderful food porn photos and lots of good reading.

    I am grateful and appreciative that you and so many of our members do take the time to let us live Aruba adventures thru your posts.

    Safe travels !!
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    Safe home. Thank you for sharing your photos and adventures. Hope all goes smoothly tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pegmeister View Post
    Safe home. Thank you for sharing your photos and adventures. Hope all goes smoothly tomorrow.
    Do to the circumstances, the wife being down and then the impact from the virus, our trip was contained much more than others, so not a lot of adventurous pictures or experimental dining experiences.

    Expecting Robin and Stu shortly, and we'll get them to the airport. Hope the airport isn't to hectic, for everyone leaving the next few days. Safe travels all...







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    Thanks for taking us along. Enjoyed the stories and happy hours. Safe travels tomorrow!


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