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Thread: Let's distract ourselves and talk about Aruba.

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    Let's distract ourselves and talk about Aruba.

    So here is an opening.................

    My best vacation in Aruba _______________

    My best vacation in Aruba was when our grandchildren and son and daughter in law joined us.
    It was a blast...I was not 100% as I was suffering from a horrible GI upset but it was a wonderful time when I was not in the bathroom.
    Since then our time in Aruba has not been able to coordinate with the grandkids and their parents.
    ​In a world where you can be anything, be kind!
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    But hopefully your trips since then haven't been spent in the "water closet"! :-)

    YES, let's talk about good times on our favorite island with its' incredible people!!

    My best vacation (so far) was last August. April through July is the busiest time of year for me at work. I basically work seven days a week for those months. Overtime pays for my yearly vacation and allowed me to splurge a bit last year and stay at Manchebo. I went solo as I needed a vacation planned by just me, only for me, to unwind, relax and regroup. It was perfection from beginning to end thanks in no small part to the incredible staff at Manchebo who looked after me so beautifully. I spent my days lounging under a palapa or floating in the pool (surf was a bit rough so unfortunately didn't get to spend a lot of time in the ocean), reading (which is my favorite pastime), then dining at Ike's or the Chophouse with cocktails and wonderful service. Never for one moment did I feel uncomfortable being by myself as everyone there always stopped to chat and ask if I was having a good time. I really felt as though they wanted to make sure I was being watched over. Maybe my imagination but does it matter, since that's how I interpreted it? And the spa! No small handful of change was spent in that heavenly place! Having been to Aruba before and done all the activities, this was a week of total relaxation and I came home rejuvenated and planning the next trip. It's all booked for September. My fingers are crossed that we will be through this crisis by then, but if not, next year maybe two weeks instead of one!

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    Senior Member Pegmeister's Avatar
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    So many good times and nice memories:

    Floating in the ocean and watching the pelicans dive.

    Doing a crawl on one of our early trips having a drink or drink and appetizer at each spot so we could try as many restaurants as we could.

    Winning at the casinos once I found my djucu.

    Hanging out with Andrea and Paul in our cabana at the Ritz and having Walt and Pam stop by.

    Enjoying the shade under a palapa at Manchebo.

    Arriving in May in time to enjoy white asparagus at Madame Jannete and Bavaria.

    Celebrating anniversaries at Casa Nonna and the Chophouse.

    Being welcomed “home” at whatever resort we were staying in.

    Planning and looking forward to our next trip.

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    So many good times...

    Skydiving over the island. Seeing the entire island and way into Venezuela from 11,000 feet.

    Buying at Surf Club, and enjoying every visit since with such great staff.

    Finding new places away from the resort area, and making friends with the locals.

    Getting to hang out with members of the forum.

    Trikes Aruba.

    So many good restaurants that have come and gone.

    And like Peg says, being welcomed home when we arrive...

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    Since 1980, and throughout the many changes, we still love going downtown in Oranjestad.
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    2020 marks 40 years since I started coming to Aruba. I've had many wonderful moments and hopefully there will be many more to come.

    Favourite thing to do:

    Sitting on the stone bench outside Little Switzerland, say around 10:30 in the morning, while my wife whizzes around the stores. I love sitting there, watching Arubans and visitors alike go about their morning. When they repainted it, I thought it was just for me.

    Dumbest thing I ever did on Aruba.

    Trying to learn Dutch. No, no. Not that I don't like it; quite the opposite. I love the language and I can actually read it and speak it now, though not as fluently as I would like. Stay with me.

    Back in the early 1990's we were staying at Talk of the Town. One afternoon we were across the street at the beach. Also at the beach was a Dutch woman who was frolicking on the beach um, European style. She had a little dog with her and of course, the dog only responded to commands in Dutch. I gave up trying to sneakily learn "Nice doggy" from my Dutch phrase book.

    The most touching thing

    Last October we were at the Alto Vista. We both sat in the pews for a few moments and gave thanks for even being able to be in Aruba again.

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