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    Conversations and Questions on the Plane

    Often when on the plane to Aruba, a conversation is struck with a neighboring passenger.
    (Sometimes it happens in the gate area)
    Typically someone will say to Paul and/or I........Have you been to Aruba before? Or we will say to the same to someone.

    Our answer is YES if their answer is NO and then usually much conversation and it explodes into restaurant choices and touring ideas.

    How do your conversations go?

    Any horror stories with people that need to be tossed out the emergency exit?

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    We always chat up the passengers near us and like you the topic turns to such things as restaurants and excursions. We especially like talking with folks on their second trip, why are you returning, how long, where are you staying, favorite happy hours, etc...

    Not related to Aruba, but once on a flight to Hawaii my seatmate asked why I was going to Hawaii. I replied honestly that I worked on submarine weapons systems. As luck would have it, they were a card carrying member of Greenpeace. I heard about it for the last two hours of the flight. Now I tell folks I import Portuguese oysters. Usually there's not much conversation after that.

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    Good morning everyone,

    Good topic Andrea.

    We've had lots of pre-flight and in-flight conversations to Aruba. Most of them have been pretty friendly.

    My wife is much better at friendly small talk than I am. It can be fine line between trying to answer someone's query and coming across as an annoying know-it-all. A gentle, subtle nudge from my wife is usually all it takes to tell me I am either close to that line or have crossed it.

    I love conversations with returning visitors. Restaurants and round-a-bouts can pretty much fill up much of a 5 hour flight from Toronto to Aruba these days.

    Have a great weekend.


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    Quote Originally Posted by WaltVB View Post
    We always chat up the passengers near us and like you the topic turns to such things as restaurants and excursions. We especially like talking with folks on their second trip, why are you returning, how long, where are you staying, favorite happy hours, etc...

    Not related to Aruba, but once on a flight to Hawaii my seatmate asked why I was going to Hawaii. I replied honestly that I worked on submarine weapons systems. As luck would have it, they were a card carrying member of Greenpeace. I heard about it for the last two hours of the flight. Now I tell folks I import Portuguese oysters. Usually there's not much conversation after that.




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    …….takes me a while for 'small talk'...… DW has it covered for us!
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    I'd have to say most of the conversations with people going to or coming home from Aruba have been great. Once I was seated with an elderly man who owns in Aruba and it turned out we had been at the same restaurant on Valentine's Day the year before. We have spoke to newbies and experienced Aruba travelers and it has always been positive. The only sad time was the couple I was sitting next to on a flight out of Aruba left early because their son's best friend and newborn were murdered by wife/mother.

    However on a few non Aruban flights, there were a few people I would have tossed out the plane, such as the woman who sat her two children(about 8 and 9) with me while her and hubby sat in the row behind and I ended up helping the kids. Then on the flight back, I had a woman who was scared to fly and once we started talking and realize we didn't live far from each other and I had worked with her best friend, I became her seat buddy(unwillingly) as she held my arm on take off, landing and turbulence. Then there was the guy who had the window seat but wanted our aisle and was not happy we would not switch, then got some kid in another row to switch with him and then tried to get others to switch with him because his wife was not near him-this was on an overseas trip where it was seating 3/4/3 and she was on the other side. He annoyed a lot of people. Then there were the drunk girls who were seated behind us and had to be removed from the plane before we left the gate.




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    I am laughing and agreeing at the comment about "annoying know -it -all" oh boy, there are those aplenty!



    QUOTE=Glenn;350817]Good morning everyone,

    Good topic Andrea.

    We've had lots of pre-flight and in-flight conversations to Aruba. Most of them have been pretty friendly.

    My wife is much better at friendly small talk than I am. It can be fine line between trying to answer someone's query and coming across as an annoying know-it-all. A gentle, subtle nudge from my wife is usually all it takes to tell me I am either close to that line or have crossed it.

    I love conversations with returning visitors. Restaurants and round-a-bouts can pretty much fill up much of a 5 hour flight from Toronto to Aruba these days.

    Have a great weekend.


    Glenn[/QUOTE]

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    I can only remember one passenger who made it a rather long trip for us. She was super hyper, nervous and excited with a zillion questions. She ultimately wore herself out and promptly fell asleep thinking my shoulder was her pillow!!!!

    For the most part our conversations with other passengers are pleasant. It’s generally all about restaurants or various resorts.

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    I'm always exhausted by the time we take off. I'm always busy on Saturday with packing and last minute errands. I can't sleep the night before because I'm afraid I won't hear the alarm even though I hear the alarm every morning for work . I have to leave the house at 2 or 3 AM to catch the bus to the airport so I'm tired, and possibly a bit cranky, by the time I buckle in to my seat. But then I remember where I'm going and any crankiness disappears .

    That being said, I am not much for 4.5 hour conversations. I might chat a bit with my seatmates when we first take off, but I usually doze off (on and off) once everyone has had their snack and settles down. The last few trips I sat with first time honeymooners and we chatted about the basics. They all were staying AI and not renting cars, so not many plans to try restaurants, etc. Some had planned tours, some not. I don't gamble and I'm not much of a drinker so I can't talk much from experience about casinos and bars, which always seems to be a hot topic. Well, I can talk about bars for location, atmosphere, and snacks

    For the first timers not staying AI, we talk restaurants, excursions, etc. I try to warn them about keeping track of what they charge to the room so they aren't shocked when they go to check out. (see footnote). I try to give them a brief rundown of what to expect when we deplane and when they arrive to fly back to the US. Sometimes honeymooners will talk about their weddings and share some photos.

    I fly alone but don't like to advertise it. If I feel uncomfortable (rare), I just say my SU and I couldn't get seats together and he's at the back of the plane. I fly Jet Blue. I book early and pay extra for the 'even more leg room'. I always have an aisle seat. No, I don't want to switch. And I ALWAYS tell my seatmate and the flight attendant that if I doze off and begin to snore and become an annoying passenger, to PLEASE just nudge my elbow or something to wake me a bit. SU says I snore (I have to take his word for it since I'm asleep when it happens) and I don't want to be 'that' person on the plane.

    I've encountered ejectable people on several flights, but those were mostly flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, or Chicago, not Aruba. It's usually folks who feel extra entitled, and treat the flight attendants and other passengers poorly. I have a real pet peeve about people who bring more than the allowed two items and stowing them all in the overhead. I, however, am always delightful on the plane . ha ha ha No, really I try to be on my best behavior (except for alleged snoring). I follow rules and hate confrontation.

    Footnote: While checking out after our 7th or 8th stay at Divi Village, I couldn't help overhear a panicked young couple fighting over their bill. In addition to the standard weekly tax/energy/whatnot bill, they had over $900 in room charges from the bars and restaurants. Their credit cards were almost maxed out from charging things for their wedding and honeymoon already. They were scrambling to put 300 on one card, 500 on another, etc. Then the bickering started with the 'you just had to have those drinks at such and such' and 'you should have eaten leftovers instead of ordering a dinner here' and 'i wasn't the one buying rounds for everyone that night' and on and on... it was sad and embarrassing. So my helpful tip to non AI folks is to keep track of room charges. They add up quickly!!
    ​Laura from NH/Divi Village
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    I find most people start asking questions when we are just about to deplane or land in Aruba when the excitment begins. However, I have had conversations with a few and enjoy it even though it probably drives everyone around us nuts. Last year Aruba to Miami I was next to someone who had moved to Aruba 20 years ago, was going to Miami for a MRI then back to Aruba to pack up to come back to the state. This person was both excited and ready to move back but also sad and anxious to see all her memories back in the states she left behind years ago. It was a pretty cool conversation and made the time fly by.

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