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    Robin is there a bit more rain that normal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    Robin is there a bit more rain that normal?
    Yes, we have had quite a bit more than usual, more so in the morning. It was beautiful after lunch today.

    The AC guy said that they had very little rain in November and December and the August and September heat did not leave either. It was 90 on New Year's Day. He said since NY it has rained often.

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    I know rain is needed by night time rain suits best.
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    Last night I went for a walk after dinner. It was nice because it is cooler than in the am and the walkway is well lit for the most part. The plan was to walk to the roundabout near Amsterdam Manor and then up to the roundabout by Alhambra. I got to Amsterdam Manor, just past Passions and the stench from the sewage plant was enough to make me turn around. This is the first time I've smelled it that bad. I headed up and right past Costa Linda there are no lights on along the walkway. I went into CL and then walked around there to about the mall and turned around and headed home to watch TV with hubby.

    We decided today would be a good day to take care of our car registration, go to the bank, go back to the urgent care because they had the wrong bday on his paperwork and we need it correct to send to the insurance, talk to the Ren about our room for Carnival, pick up and return a few things and get lunch(not in that order). Well, the car would not start. We had a dead battery. It was fine on Wednesday. Security offered to call our roadside assistance with have with our insurance and they said they'd be here in 20-30 minutes, but a guy from Jay's car rental was leaving and offered to jump it for us. He had the smallest jumper box we had ever seen-it was handheld and it was what they use to jump all their cars. It started right up and we drove straight to Honda to have them check the battery and we ended up with a new battery. We also made an appointment for our oil change while we were there. I checked the CR-Vs since I am thinking about a new, smaller SUV at home. We took care of what we could and then headed to Kouzina for lunch at Playa Linda. I had wanted to try it, but never got around to it. We are spoiled at home with a great Greek restaurant in town and a great Greek festival every year. The chicken gyro that I had and the lamb sausage in a pita that Stu had were good. We weren't thrilled with the cheese or lamb pie mostly because it was not phyllo dough and it was fried, but the fillings were good. We headed to MFA for the car registration. We were D107 and they were on D33 with only one window open handing Ds(different letters for different services). I sat there while Stu went up the street to the urgent care center to get the corrected paperwork. Now they were up to D49(40 minutes). We decided to go to DoIt and come back. We got back in plenty of time. Overall, the wait would have been about 2 hours which is better than the 3 hours last year. Continued on to look for something we cannot find-the bottom plastic piece for our shower door. We have one more place to go, but that'll have to wait for next week.

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    We have experienced that odor when at the beach bar across from Amsterdam Manor. It’s really awful and the reason I just can’t stay the chance at staying at Amsterdam Manor.

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    sorry that you have to do so many "home related errands"

    that sewage processing place is smelly indeed
    the stench sent us running more than once when we were in the water at Eagle Beach (the stink...it rarely makes it that far) and another time when we were at Amsterdam Manor Beach Bar.
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    That smell seems to linger, every time we go by there. Although, I will say, that we went to happy hour once at Amsterdam Manor and didn’t smell a thing.
    I hoped they warranted the battery. I’m sure that will be the next “car thing”, that we have to purchase. I looked at ours before we left last trip and it was replaced last in 2014.

    Quote Originally Posted by robin View Post
    Last night I went for a walk after dinner. It was nice because it is cooler than in the am and the walkway is well lit for the most part. The plan was to walk to the roundabout near Amsterdam Manor and then up to the roundabout by Alhambra. I got to Amsterdam Manor, just past Passions and the stench from the sewage plant was enough to make me turn around. This is the first time I've smelled it that bad. I headed up and right past Costa Linda there are no lights on along the walkway. I went into CL and then walked around there to about the mall and turned around and headed home to watch TV with hubby.

    We decided today would be a good day to take care of our car registration, go to the bank, go back to the urgent care because they had the wrong bday on his paperwork and we need it correct to send to the insurance, talk to the Ren about our room for Carnival, pick up and return a few things and get lunch(not in that order). Well, the car would not start. We had a dead battery. It was fine on Wednesday. Security offered to call our roadside assistance with have with our insurance and they said they'd be here in 20-30 minutes, but a guy from Jay's car rental was leaving and offered to jump it for us. He had the smallest jumper box we had ever seen-it was handheld and it was what they use to jump all their cars. It started right up and we drove straight to Honda to have them check the battery and we ended up with a new battery. We also made an appointment for our oil change while we were there. I checked the CR-Vs since I am thinking about a new, smaller SUV at home. We took care of what we could and then headed to Kouzina for lunch at Playa Linda. I had wanted to try it, but never got around to it. We are spoiled at home with a great Greek restaurant in town and a great Greek festival every year. The chicken gyro that I had and the lamb sausage in a pita that Stu had were good. We weren't thrilled with the cheese or lamb pie mostly because it was not phyllo dough and it was fried, but the fillings were good. We headed to MFA for the car registration. We were D107 and they were on D33 with only one window open handing Ds(different letters for different services). I sat there while Stu went up the street to the urgent care center to get the corrected paperwork. Now they were up to D49(40 minutes). We decided to go to DoIt and come back. We got back in plenty of time. Overall, the wait would have been about 2 hours which is better than the 3 hours last year. Continued on to look for something we cannot find-the bottom plastic piece for our shower door. We have one more place to go, but that'll have to wait for next week.







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    There’s always a stench around that traffic circle and also by the north side of the Ritz from the stagnant water in the mangroves.
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    Loved Amsterdam Manor the one time we stayed..... but the smell and flies (by-product of the sewage plant?) kept us from going back!
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    There are some on here and TA that rave about the AM but I will be honest....the smell disgusts me and I would not stay there for free. Its almost always there....I walk by that area often on my many walks and it reminds me of why I would never stay there.

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