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    Totally agree! It is a loooooonnnngggg walk to the Delta gates at JFK!

    Quote Originally Posted by ArubaAce View Post
    The Delta gates are very far at JFK. Once when I took Ms Daisy to Aruba thru Delta she took that long walk and all along kept giving me dirty looks. She asked if I was trying to due her in. I felt so guilty but I didn't know. From that moment on I started ordering wheel chair service for her even though she could walk. Another time with Delta after the long walk when we were ready to board, they loaded us on a bus and it went thru the run away for a quite a few minutes to another terminal. Strange.

    Enjoy your trip. Let us know about Ruth Chris as there have been mixed reviews lately. I've only dined at the one in NY Times Square which was wonderful.
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    Day 2
    we ended up going to Lings last night because we learned they close at 8 pm. Stocked up on fruit, cheese, crackers, eggs, bacon, a sweet Arubian bread/cake and beer, more beer, rum, wine, and some more beer.
    ‘It’s become our tradition to have dinner at Ruth Chris on our first night. We sat at the bar where Nicholas the bartender made us a couple of fantastic martinis. Hubs and I split a shrimp cocktail, and the rib eye steak and fries. The food was delicious. The cocktail sauce for the shrimp was so good. Fries were homemade and not greasy and the steak was wonderful. Perfect meal.
    Later we stopped by the casino to play the slots. I hit for $130 and my husband hit for $200. After accounting for what we lost we’re still ahead $100 which I’m sure we’ll lose tonight at the Hyatt casino.
    This morning was really overcast so we went to town so Mike could make his pilgrimage to Casa Hana for cigars. We had lunch at the Paddock. I had the chicken sate with curried macaroni salad and Mike had the grouper. We shared the Bitterballen which is a Dutch appetizer similar to a meatball but deep fried and has a brown dipping sauce. I know the food there is not 5 star but the waitress who has been there for years is very nice so we like to stop in whenever we’re in town.
    The sun finally came out so the afternoon was at the beach. Dinner tonight is at Red Fish. Then on to try our luck at the Hyatt.
    ‘The rooms at the Ocean Club are beautiful and the standard of spotlessly clean would make my mother proud!
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    I had a great burger at the Paddock once. We like stopping there when we're downtown. We stayed at Ocean Club last November and were very impressed by the rooms and decor.

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    I'm enjoying your stay and thanks for taking us along. I like your attitude about dining at the Paddock. It's not always about the 'first class' food!
    A little nonsense now and then is relished by the best of men!
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    Thank you, Tuckahoe! We're longtime owners at OC, too, and will be returning to our home away from home next month. Your report is helping to soften the edge on our anxiety a bit and I love that you are having a wonderful trip!
    I love bitterballen but usually order it at Nos Clubhois in front of the Surf. Will have to try The Paddock this time, never been, since we enjoy Chicken Satay, too. My husband likes almost anything curried and The Paddock might float his boat, too!
    Looking forward to reading every day of your trip port! I really appreciate the time you're putting into and hope to return the favor. Thanks, Tuckahoe! Be safe and enjoy your trip!
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    thanks for sharing!!!!

    I am impressed reading of your casino wins.

    thanks and continue to have fun.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tuckahoe View Post
    Day 2
    we ended up going to Lings last night because we learned they close at 8 pm. Stocked up on fruit, cheese, crackers, eggs, bacon, a sweet Arubian bread/cake and beer, more beer, rum, wine, and some more beer.
    ‘It’s become our tradition to have dinner at Ruth Chris on our first night. We sat at the bar where Nicholas the bartender made us a couple of fantastic martinis. Hubs and I split a shrimp cocktail, and the rib eye steak and fries. The food was delicious. The cocktail sauce for the shrimp was so good. Fries were homemade and not greasy and the steak was wonderful. Perfect meal.
    Later we stopped by the casino to play the slots. I hit for $130 and my husband hit for $200. After accounting for what we lost we’re still ahead $100 which I’m sure we’ll lose tonight at the Hyatt casino.
    This morning was really overcast so we went to town so Mike could make his pilgrimage to Casa Hana for cigars. We had lunch at the Paddock. I had the chicken sate with curried macaroni salad and Mike had the grouper. We shared the Bitterballen which is a Dutch appetizer similar to a meatball but deep fried and has a brown dipping sauce. I know the food there is not 5 star but the waitress who has been there for years is very nice so we like to stop in whenever we’re in town.
    The sun finally came out so the afternoon was at the beach. Dinner tonight is at Red Fish. Then on to try our luck at the Hyatt.
    ‘The rooms at the Ocean Club are beautiful and the standard of spotlessly clean would make my mother proud!
    THINK.. is it Thoughtful? Helpful? Inspirational? Necessary? Kind? SIDTM
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    Thanks for taking the time to share your trip with us! Glad all is well at the Ocean Club - have a great time and good luck at the casino!
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    Day 3
    Mike had a prearranged workcation day so I decided to stay in this morning and play house. Did a load of laundry and straightened out the unit then sat on the terrace to finish reading Kristen Hannah’s book The Nightingale. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction.
    Last night’s dinner at Red Fish was good. Mike had the deep fried red snapper; I had the grilled shrimp. The snapper is a whole fish, head and bones
    and all. I’m not a fan. You do get a lot of food for your money. Sides included pan bati, rice, plantains and fries. Definitely a carb overload so we skipped dessert.
    Gambled last night at the Hyatt. Did well on the slots. After factoring out what we put in and including what we won the night before we’re now ahead $243. Whooo! We saw a couple from our village who were staying at the Hyatt and while we were chatting a lady sitting behind us hit for $11,500!! Nice for her!!
    I skipped the beach today. Had a drop too much sun yesterday- even with 50 sunscreen so I took a break. I’ll be good to go tomorrow.
    This evening we hear that the Ocean Club is hosting a champagne and sunset get together on the beach. We’re going to check it out then head to Oak for dinner. Later will probably gamble at the Marriott or the Ritz (or maybe both).
    I really like October in Aruba. Not very crowded and the weather has been good. People are Covid conscious and are masking up indoors. There’s hand sanitizer all over and they’re constantly cleaning the common areas. I have also noticed people are not trying to crowd into the elevator. If they see there are 4 people in it they let it go by. It’s been good. MUCH different than when we were here in July. So much less crowded.
    Our cab driver last night spoke about all of the overdevelopment happening on the island. He blamed the demise of Oranjestad on all of the malls along Palm Beach. He noted that the electric grid, sewers, roads, and water treatment plants cannot handle this growth. He said the infrastructure is limited and pointed out that this is a small island that can only absorb so much. He also referenced the need for hospitality workers such as housekeeping and gardening staff. Many are coming to Aruba from outside the island but as he observed with more and more hotels being built they’re going to need more people to staff them. And they’re going to need a place to live; hence even more development and a further stress on the system.
    I did notice there’s some building going on along Eagle Beach.
    On a lighter note, now that Mike has put his workation day behind him we can really fully relax and unwind- starting with the champagne and sunset get together on the beach this evening!
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    thanks for sharing!!

    your cab driver made a comment that is very concerning......well all of them were, but the comment about the lack of hospitality workers is a huge concern. even more so is the outlook for young Arubans. the young people of aruba are getting their education in places other than aruba and not returning there to live and work. the projection for Aruban hospitality workers is pretty low. bottom line is the kids are not interested in it. where does that leave aruba in 10 - 20 years?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tuckahoe View Post
    Day 3
    Mike had a prearranged workcation day so I decided to stay in this morning and play house. Did a load of laundry and straightened out the unit then sat on the terrace to finish reading Kristen Hannah’s book The Nightingale. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction.
    Last night’s dinner at Red Fish was good. Mike had the deep fried red snapper; I had the grilled shrimp. The snapper is a whole fish, head and bones
    and all. I’m not a fan. You do get a lot of food for your money. Sides included pan bati, rice, plantains and fries. Definitely a carb overload so we skipped dessert.
    Gambled last night at the Hyatt. Did well on the slots. After factoring out what we put in and including what we won the night before we’re now ahead $243. Whooo! We saw a couple from our village who were staying at the Hyatt and while we were chatting a lady sitting behind us hit for $11,500!! Nice for her!!
    I skipped the beach today. Had a drop too much sun yesterday- even with 50 sunscreen so I took a break. I’ll be good to go tomorrow.
    This evening we hear that the Ocean Club is hosting a champagne and sunset get together on the beach. We’re going to check it out then head to Oak for dinner. Later will probably gamble at the Marriott or the Ritz (or maybe both).
    I really like October in Aruba. Not very crowded and the weather has been good. People are Covid conscious and are masking up indoors. There’s hand sanitizer all over and they’re constantly cleaning the common areas. I have also noticed people are not trying to crowd into the elevator. If they see there are 4 people in it they let it go by. It’s been good. MUCH different than when we were here in July. So much less crowded.
    Our cab driver last night spoke about all of the overdevelopment happening on the island. He blamed the demise of Oranjestad on all of the malls along Palm Beach. He noted that the electric grid, sewers, roads, and water treatment plants cannot handle this growth. He said the infrastructure is limited and pointed out that this is a small island that can only absorb so much. He also referenced the need for hospitality workers such as housekeeping and gardening staff. Many are coming to Aruba from outside the island but as he observed with more and more hotels being built they’re going to need more people to staff them. And they’re going to need a place to live; hence even more development and a further stress on the system.
    I did notice there’s some building going on along Eagle Beach.
    On a lighter note, now that Mike has put his workation day behind him we can really fully relax and unwind- starting with the champagne and sunset get together on the beach this evening!
    THINK.. is it Thoughtful? Helpful? Inspirational? Necessary? Kind? SIDTM
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    Thanks for day 3! Congrats on your casino wins. Enjoy the champagne and cheers!
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