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Thread: Rich can't stay away from Aruba!

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    Senior Member rpumpire's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by crimms View Post
    Rich, How did you schedule your Covid test for the way homefrom Aruba in advance?
    Thanks for info,
    Sean and Susan
    I was able to do it online and got an almost immediate response. It's at the Urgent Care clinic in Noord. The website is now: https://covidaruba.com to schedule with them. Looks like it's $100 (was $126 when I scheduled).

    Since then, Playa Linda has signed on to provide the service at the resort on Friday mornings (Playa Linda is Sunday to Sunday timeshare). I will keep my appointment in Noord, but may do the resort-based test next time (in April).
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    How exciting!!! Enjoy your trip.
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    Greetings from Aruba!

    I just got my laptop set up, so I thought I would check in here before calling it a night.

    The day of travel was uneventful, but a long day. After not sleeping well at the hotel in Hartford last night, I am running on fumes. The flight from Hartford to Miami was fairly full, but the Miami to Aruba segment was probably around 1/3 full.
    I didn't think to pay attention to the timing, but the process of making it from plane to curb at Queen Beatrix didn't take long at all.

    Getting my rental car and checking in at Playa Linda all went quickly and effortlessly.

    I made a short tour of my usual haunts to say "hi" to folks, followed by a quick visit at Hyatt casino. No luck, but I played next to nothing. It was a quick hello visit.

    Now it's time to say good night. I suspect I will sleep like a baby tonight.
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    Sleep well and have a great day tomorrow!
    Trip 33 begins on July 15.








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    Glad you're there.... thanks for taking the time to check in.
    A little nonsense now and then is relished by the best of men!
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    Enjoy.
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    I'm glad to hear you made it, I was scared to ask with the east coast weather issues. How are the crowds compared to your December trip?
    The best trip is the next trip. Anxiously waiting to book something.
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    I have been on the island for about 48 hours now, but nothing exciting to report.

    The island, at least what I have seen, mostly in my stretch of Palm Beach, it is very slow. Playa Linda is supposedly at a little over 60% occupancy, and it does seem a bit busier at the resort than in early-mid December. The rest of the nearby properties seem deader than dead.

    For those that followed my December story, you will recall that sugar-free Gatorade or Powerade were impossible to find. That still seems to be the case. Thanks, though, to Tracey, I looked into and purchased before coming here, powdered Gatorade Zero (no sugar). They are in packets that mix perfectly with 20 ounces of water. Working like a charm. Thanks, Tracey!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rpumpire View Post
    I have been on the island for about 48 hours now, but nothing exciting to report.

    The island, at least what I have seen, mostly in my stretch of Palm Beach, it is very slow. Playa Linda is supposedly at a little over 60% occupancy, and it does seem a bit busier at the resort than in early-mid December. The rest of the nearby properties seem deader than dead.

    For those that followed my December story, you will recall that sugar-free Gatorade or Powerade were impossible to find. That still seems to be the case. Thanks, though, to Tracey, I looked into and purchased before coming here, powdered Gatorade Zero (no sugar). They are in packets that mix perfectly with 20 ounces of water. Working like a charm. Thanks, Tracey!
    I think the timeshares are much busier than the hotels.






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    I'm glad you will be able to stay hydrated this trip! And enjoy the good Aruban water in the process.
    The best trip is the next trip. Anxiously waiting to book something.
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