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    any "UMPING" this trip?

    keep trying for the royal!
    Quote Originally Posted by rpumpire View Post
    This is about it. I am mostly eschewing electronics this trip.

    A small win last night in the casino was my first this trip, although I am not down that much overall. And, unfortunately the elusive royal flush is still a dream. One week to go to make it a reality!

    It is room change day today. I am ready to go, but my next room (just two doors down) is still occupied. I have to vacate my room at 11am, at which time I will be "homeless" (and at the pool) for a few hours until the new room is ready.
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    I am back home after another enjoyable vacation to Aruba.

    I mostly avoided my electronics this trip, so I didn't keep a running play-by-play of my trip here in this forum. Which is OK, because you would have been bored to pieces. Lazy days of pool or beach with visits to the casino most nights (no lucky wins to report, but losses were within budget). Lather, rinse, repeat.

    Even my dining wasn't varied, nor adventurous. I did breakfast each morning at one of Playa Linda's restaurants. Dinners consisted of multiple visits to Smokey Joe's and Azzurro. Several nights I just had leftovers or threw something together in the kitchen. I am usually better off not doing big evening meals, but rather more frequent, smaller 'meals' through the day.

    Playa Linda's occupancy (as a timeshare) was reportedly just over 60 percent during my weeks there. Things was obviously slower around the resort than pre-pandemic, but I found the occupancy/activity level quite comfortable. Once off the resort, things seemed very dead everywhere. To me, it seemed even slower than when I was here in early-to-mid December.

    I think the new US rules requiring the covid test to return has reversed the upward trend.

    I continue to be more-than-impressed with how well Aruba has handled adapting to all things covid. In spite of having to greatly expand their testing capacity to meet this requirement, I still had the result of my full PCR test in almost exactly six hours. And the test was done right at my resort.

    My trip home Sunday was long and tedious as always, but otherwise uneventful. At the Aruba airport, I wish I had made note of the time it actually took, because I went from curb to gate without so much as stopping for a person in front of me at any point in the process.

    So, with this trip now in the rear-view mirror, I get to look forward to my next Aruba trip in just six short weeks!
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    Sounds like your vacation was perfect!

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    Thanks for sharing your trip with us Rich!

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    wow!
    I read your posting and all I see is that you get to go back in 6 weeks!!!
    That is terrific

    Quote Originally Posted by rpumpire View Post
    I am back home after another enjoyable vacation to Aruba.

    I mostly avoided my electronics this trip, so I didn't keep a running play-by-play of my trip here in this forum. Which is OK, because you would have been bored to pieces. Lazy days of pool or beach with visits to the casino most nights (no lucky wins to report, but losses were within budget). Lather, rinse, repeat.

    Even my dining wasn't varied, nor adventurous. I did breakfast each morning at one of Playa Linda's restaurants. Dinners consisted of multiple visits to Smokey Joe's and Azzurro. Several nights I just had leftovers or threw something together in the kitchen. I am usually better off not doing big evening meals, but rather more frequent, smaller 'meals' through the day.

    Playa Linda's occupancy (as a timeshare) was reportedly just over 60 percent during my weeks there. Things was obviously slower around the resort than pre-pandemic, but I found the occupancy/activity level quite comfortable. Once off the resort, things seemed very dead everywhere. To me, it seemed even slower than when I was here in early-to-mid December.

    I think the new US rules requiring the covid test to return has reversed the upward trend.

    I continue to be more-than-impressed with how well Aruba has handled adapting to all things covid. In spite of having to greatly expand their testing capacity to meet this requirement, I still had the result of my full PCR test in almost exactly six hours. And the test was done right at my resort.

    My trip home Sunday was long and tedious as always, but otherwise uneventful. At the Aruba airport, I wish I had made note of the time it actually took, because I went from curb to gate without so much as stopping for a person in front of me at any point in the process.

    So, with this trip now in the rear-view mirror, I get to look forward to my next Aruba trip in just six short weeks!
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    Thanks for sharing we are leaving tomorrow AM, hopefully we get off ok weather doesn't look so hot in Philadelphia. Staying at the Playa Linda also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TMARSH View Post
    Thanks for sharing we are leaving tomorrow AM, hopefully we get off ok weather doesn't look so hot in Philadelphia. Staying at the Playa Linda also.
    You're going to find the resort looking perfect and everything running well as always! Enjoy!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    wow!
    I read your posting and all I see is that you get to go back in 6 weeks!!!
    That is terrific
    I managed to craft a pretty good winter, if you ask me:
    2 weeks in Aruba, 6 weeks home, 2 weeks in Aruba, 6 weeks home, 2 weeks in Aruba.

    It also appears I will be able to get both doses of the vaccine before that next trip. That'll change my comfort level with the traveling!


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    We are glad your trip went well and you got to relax. Thanks for sharing your trip report.
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    So, Rich, when exactly when will you be back? We will be there from March 4th to March 27th. I hope we will see you.
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