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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    ... we were still in the air and I wished I had a parachute ...
    What a nightmare... but also so funny...
    Pierre

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    back in the late 90s we traveled to Aruba with our then BFFs.
    it was a rude awakening.
    to begin with as we were on the plane there was turbulence and our son's drink (sprite) spilled a bit onto our friends' laps.
    one of them turned to Kevin and said, well we were going to take you to a shop to buy a souvenir, that trip is now cancelled due to the spill. WTH?!!!

    then still on the plane, my friend passed me an envelope and told me to put $500 into the envelope and she'd be the banker and with each couple contributing the $ it would be for food, booze and entertainment. She wanted us to put in $1000 actually as we had Kevin and his friend.
    I said no way are we pooling money. we were still in the air and I wished I had a parachute .

    then once there, we went to a timeshare presentation all together and the salesman asked if any of us understood how timeshare works.
    we all said no, but then I said to my friends.....dont you own at XYZ and know how it works?
    the poop hit the fan at that point as apparently they did not want the timeshare person to know that they were already owners at another place.
    shame on me for asking a question.
    I swore never ever again that I would ever leave the country with them. It took 15 more year to break free of these people.

    Can you imagine wanting to pool $$$$ ?

    in the mid 2000s we brought Paul's brother and wife with us.
    We each had our own units at LaCabana (our 2 timeshares and we gifted them airmiles)
    He, the brother loved every minute.
    She, not so much...........she was hot, it was windy, the sea was too salty, the sand was too deep, the casinos too smoky, the restaurants were expensive but the most outrageous comment from her was................."all those foreigners!" (the Arubans ) It was all I could do not to slap her silly.


    there are some people who should not travel outside their own neighborhood.
    And I thought we had it bad with our bickering kids!
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    My apologies Andrea but your story did make me laugh! We have traveled to Aruba with family and friends before we bought the house. I did learn to have guests early in our vacation time here, send them home and leave myself at least a week to do what I wanted to do (nothing!) Since buying the house we of course have had family and friends here. I enjoy my family and we only invite certain friends! I do have a list of house rules....don't let the water run to get cold...it isn't going to get colder...ice water in the fridge, make sure the dogs are in the house before you open the gate to drive out, etc things like that. Yup, 'rules' are written so I am not constantly talking 'at' people.
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    Our first trip in 2004 was with BFF and her husband but they stayed at Renaissance and we stayed at LaCabana so we were not together 24/7 and we had a great time. In 2005 my husband and I went alone for 8 days ( at the old Aruba Grand)and it was also a great time. Then life happened and we didn’t go back for 7 years. That trip we stayed at Lacabana and my husband’s Aunt and Uncle were staying at Riu our 1st week,we stayed alone a second week. We went a few years by ourselves and then we invited my BFF and her husband to come with us and stay with us in a 2 bedroom at Costa Linda. They came and I told them we would do 1 day of touring but after that they were free to do whatever they wanted to do. I try hard to do basically nothing but read,beach,dinner,casino and bed when we go- lazy days are so rare at home! We all had a great time,have lots of memories because sadly my BFF passed away 2 short years later. We talk about inviting others to go with us but to be honest I really like being alone with my husband for our ARUBA time!
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    Sorry about your BFF, that's gotta be tough. To be perfectly honest I like it when it's just me and Pam.

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    Only did one time with another couple... and that wasn't planned by us! BIL decided to book the same week at the same hotel with the same flights.... yuck! Wasn't enjoyable at all..... especially when he wouldn't listen to me (the experienced sailor) and decided to 'captain' the catamaran we had rented..... well that didn't work so well when he capsized us and his wife got a broken foot! I was able to get the catamaran back up quickly..... but the damage was done! Never again.... Aruba is 'our' time!
    A little nonsense now and then is relished by the best of men!
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