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    Great trip reports. Please know you have some secret lurkers reading your post like us and enjoy them very much.
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    [Countdown=12/01/2013 2:30 AM;]I'm finally there]Count down:[/Countdown]
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    I do not know the story behind the photo.

    Loving your Aruba Story!!

    Thank you so much for sharing the story of the memorial service and especially the clouds parting.
    Those dearly departed week 38 and 39 members were sending their love and showed you with the parting of the clouds!

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    The memorial service sounded lovely and emotional. It’s a wonderful way to honor a a loved one.

    ‘Enjoy your tour today! You’ve certainly had a full vacation.

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    Hi Laura,

    I love your daily t/r's. Not only are they wonderfully descriptive of Aruba, they are also very well-written. It feels as though we are there with you and your friends.

    Your dinner at El Gaucho sounded great. Here is my take on the place and I've been saying this for decades it seems. A vacation in Aruba is fantastic. However with all of that swimming, sunning, partying, shopping (I know; for your friends), and playing in the casinos, you use up a lot of muscle; which is to say, protein. That protein needs to be replaced. The 16 oz Gaucho steak is the best tasting source of protein on the planet. See? Consider dinner at El Gaucho not just a dinner out with friends but a necessary health break. You're welcome. Lol.

    Enjoy the last couple of days of your Aruba vacation. 9 more sleeps for us till we are Aruba; can't wait.

    Last thing Laura; about last weekend's (or any weekend's) NFL action. Patriots' haters? Are there such people?

    Have fun.


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    More than you could imagine Glenn!

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    Ha ha!! They hate us cause they ain’t us!

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    How could anyone hate the dynasty.... Patriots dynasty.....?
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    I agree Chuck, but to get back on topic, how was your tour today Laura? Any big plans for your last full day?

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    The tour was wonderful! There were four couples and me. The aloe and glass were my favorites. I bought some beads and a bracelet at the glass place. He was busy creating a miniature model of a bust he is going to do of the Pope. She was interesting and helpful with her explanation of things. And they have a dog I got to pet!!

    I was the only repeat visitor on the tour, Well that was one of the couples who said this was their second visit, but that doesn’t count since this is my 22nd ha ha Ha. Anyway, my favorite favorite part of the tour was the bus driver, Neil. He taught us so much about the island and different buildings and districts as we passed through them going from one establishment to the other. I asked him if he was excited for Watty Vos to be completed and he said they are all thrilled about it.

    I asked him what his opinion was on all of the roundabouts, and like me, he thinks they are a good idea. He said there are only two sets of lights left as everything else has been or is in the process of being converted. I offered a suggestion that maybe they could use their turn signals as they are exiting the roundabout as that seems to be one of the biggest issues that causes delays in traffic circles. People don’t pull out because they don’t know that someone is exiting right next to their entrance. So they wait to pull out. Other than that, I think they are working out pretty well. He told us about some of the churches and cemeteries as we passed them. He told of the history of the island and the gold mines and everything some of which I knew, but not everything. It was quite educational.

    this is not me trying to be political, I am just repeating my understanding of what I heard, but when he was explaining Watty Vos he was talking about things that the prior governments had started, agreed to, or set up that the current government is not completing or allowing. It is frustrating for him and many business owners as well as the employees. There was another big protest downtown yesterday that lasted for a few hours. I know of two businesses that have closed because of issues with the government and one that will probably be closed in the next week or two. You can see that the people are a little on edge and quite frustrated with certain things.

    I know that someone mentioned the giant I love Aruba that used to be in front of the parliament building. I’m not sure where that giant one is, but I know one of the smaller ones that’s on the trailer is downtown and there’s one up by the mall where the bowling alley is, dream bowl.

    Back to the tour, we ended, as you know, at the rum mixologist. I probably sampled 50% of what they offered. Rum is not my thing to begin with and I didn’t wanna overdo it. But everyone had a great time and lots of purchases were made after that little tour was finished. Julie from Pittsburgh was assisting the mixologist. And she was just delightful. The vanilla Rum with a splash of orange juice, and the orange cream rum were positively delicious. Other members of the tour seem to be very fond of the 151, which I didn’t even try. Ha ha ha. I also like the aloe rum and I almost bought some, but I knew I probably wouldn’t drink it once I got home.

    When I got back at about 230 I stopped by the pool at my building to see who was out. I came upstairs change into my suit and grabbed my big bowl of ceviche and a bag of tortilla chips and went back down. My friends and I polished off that ceviche at the pool so there’s one less thing I have to eat tonight. Ha ha ha I almost didn’t bring it down because this was not my best batch but they seemed to enjoy it a lot so I’m glad I shared it with them.

    Right now we don’t have to pay for parking downtown, so I was told the employees are parking in the white spaces since they don’t have to pay, so parking spaces are a hot commodity right now. I don’t know when they’re going to get the parking situation settled, but for anyone that wants to go downtown and park it’s like the old days. If you snooze, you lose. We still cannot park in the yellow lines but the employees are also parking in the white line since it’s free for them. And they get there first since they have to go to work to open up the shops

    Tonight is karaoke at mulligans. Tomorrow my plan is to be at the links in the infinity pool all day long because tomorrow night will be packing so I can leave Saturday morning. I will hope to check in once again before I leave. When I get home and get all of my photos downloaded and put onto my Facebook I will share the links to all of the photos so you can see what I was talking about if you want to.

    Oh I almost forgot! At the rum place I bought dirty necklace for my 81-year-old friend, Marsha. I think she’ll get a kick out of it. I’ll let you know how that goes over
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    lots of words and what stands out........."dirty necklace"
    can you tell us more keeping it PG?

    glad that you are having fun.


    Quote Originally Posted by Laura in NH View Post
    The tour was wonderful! There were four couples and me. The aloe and glass were my favorites. I bought some beads and a bracelet at the glass place. He was busy creating a miniature model of a bust he is going to do of the Pope. She was interesting and helpful with her explanation of things. And they have a dog I got to pet!!

    I was the only repeat visitor on the tour, Well that was one of the couples who said this was their second visit, but that doesn’t count since this is my 22nd ha ha Ha. Anyway, my favorite favorite part of the tour was the bus driver, Neil. He taught us so much about the island and different buildings and districts as we passed through them going from one establishment to the other. I asked him if he was excited for Watty Vos to be completed and he said they are all thrilled about it.

    I asked him what his opinion was on all of the roundabouts, and like me, he thinks they are a good idea. He said there are only two sets of lights left as everything else has been or is in the process of being converted. I offered a suggestion that maybe they could use their turn signals as they are exiting the roundabout as that seems to be one of the biggest issues that causes delays in traffic circles. People don’t pull out because they don’t know that someone is exiting right next to their entrance. So they wait to pull out. Other than that, I think they are working out pretty well. He told us about some of the churches and cemeteries as we passed them. He told of the history of the island and the gold mines and everything some of which I knew, but not everything. It was quite educational.

    this is not me trying to be political, I am just repeating what our tour guide said, but when he was explaining Watty Vos he was talking about things that the prior governments had started, agreed to, or set up that the current government is not completing or allowing. It is frustrating for him and many business owners as well as the employees. There was another big protest downtown yesterday that lasted for a few hours. I know of two businesses that have closed because of issues with the government and one that will probably be closed in the next week or two. You can see that the people are a little on edge and quite frustrated with certain things.

    I know that someone mentioned the giant I love Aruba that used to be in front of the parliament building. I’m not sure where that giant one is, but I know one of the smaller ones that’s on the trailer is downtown and there’s one up by the mall where the bowling alley is, dream bowl.

    Back to the tour, we ended, as you know, at the rum mixologist. I probably sampled 50% of what they offered. Rum is not my thing to begin with and I didn’t wanna overdo it. But everyone had a great time and lots of purchases were made after that little tour was finished. Julie from Pittsburgh was assisting the mixologist. And she was just delightful. The vanilla Rum with a splash of orange juice, and the orange cream rum were positively delicious. Other members of the tour seem to be very fond of the 151, which I didn’t even try. Ha ha ha. I also like the aloe rum and I almost bought some, but I knew I probably wouldn’t drink it once I got home.

    When I got back at about 230 I stopped by the pool at my building to see who was out. I came upstairs change into my suit and grabbed my big bowl of ceviche and a bag of tortilla chips and went back down. My friends and I polished off that ceviche at the pool so there’s one less thing I have to eat tonight. Ha ha ha I almost didn’t bring it down because this was not my best batch but they seemed to enjoy it a lot so I’m glad I shared it with them.

    Right now we don’t have to pay for parking downtown, so I was told the employees are parking in the white spaces since they don’t have to pay, so parking spaces are a hot commodity right now. I don’t know when they’re going to get the parking situation settled, but for anyone that wants to go downtown and park it’s like the old days. If you snooze, you lose. We still cannot park in the yellow lines but the employees are also parking in the white line since it’s free for them. And they get there first since they have to go to work to open up the shops

    Tonight is karaoke at mulligans. Tomorrow my plan is to be at the links in the infinity pool all day long because tomorrow night will be packing so I can leave Saturday morning. I will hope to check in once again before I leave. When I get home and get all of my photos downloaded and put onto my Facebook I will share the links to all of the photos so you can see what I was talking about if you want to.

    Oh I almost forgot! At the rum place I bought dirty necklace for my 81-year-old friend, Marsha. I think she’ll get a kick out of it. I’ll let you know how that goes over

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