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Jim of Boston Friday, June 10th, 2005 06:45 AM

Nice stories of nice Arubans
 
I remember my first trip to Aruba. We got lost driving around trying to find the old gold mines. I stopped at a little store and the man could not speak English. I had a map and pointed to where I wanted to go. He closed his store and motioned for me to follow him in his car and took us there, about 1 mile away. Then he motioned to lock my doors by pulling his lock up and down and pointing to my car. I still haven't been able to find that store again, but I'm still looking. Thank you again sir. I've never forgotten you.

susanna Friday, June 10th, 2005 07:07 AM

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Great thread.
yesterday, Eddy reported in the tradewind times that on Paula Zhans show (CNN), people polled voted the Aruban people as the "nicest people! I'M glad that they see what we all have seen and known.
And what about our own Sandra, when hearing about a dog waiting for transportation to another country at the vets, took her in, not knowing how long it would be for, and having to make her "house friendly" as well as cat friendly.

DiviAruba Friday, June 10th, 2005 08:13 AM

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We have been going to Aruba for years, and one bartender who is always at the hotel offered to show us around where the locals go. He took us around and also to Charlie's Bar. It was a great day, and, of course, he did it on his day off!

On the other hand, I would like to forget when I went into a store that I go in every time we're there and the woman said "I remember you, you've gained weight."

Lastly, at Juggling Fish I went in to get something that I had gotten my previous time there (1-1/2 months before) as someone else wanted one also. Unfortunatley they did not have it. The woman working there remembered me from the most recent and previous times being there and said next time your cruise ship is in, come in and look again, we should be getting more in. I started laughing and said that I did not work on a cruise ship and that I just come to Aruba a lot.

I don't think that many other places in the world who get so many tourists would remember one person, but it happens all the time in Aruba.

My friends are always remembered in the casinos, but that is for another reason! I don't have enough money to be recognized in a casino!

Corrine Friday, June 10th, 2005 10:38 AM

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After buying our timeshare at LaCabana, we were excited and nervous. We went to El Gaucho to celebrate. Had way too much Sangria! When we came out, my husband asked the "doorman" in uniform to get us a cab. While looking at us funny, the gentlemen somehow flagged one down for us. As we got into the cab and got a closer look, my husband went deadly silent. I asked what was wrong and he said that wasn't a "doorman" that was a police officer!

We were mortified but thank you, kind officer, for tolerating 2 tipsy Americans!

Jerseygirl Friday, June 10th, 2005 11:00 AM

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Great story Corrine! LOL

Quote:

Originally Posted by Corrine
After buying our timeshare at LaCabana, we were excited and nervous. We went to El Gaucho to celebrate. Had way too much Sangria! When we came out, my husband asked the "doorman" in uniform to get us a cab. While looking at us funny, the gentlemen somehow flagged one down for us. As we got into the cab and got a closer look, my husband went deadly silent. I asked what was wrong and he said that wasn't a "doorman" that was a police officer!

We were mortified but thank you, kind officer, for tolerating 2 tipsy Americans!


Krissta Friday, June 10th, 2005 11:02 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Corrine
After buying our timeshare at LaCabana, we were excited and nervous. We went to El Gaucho to celebrate. Had way too much Sangria! When we came out, my husband asked the "doorman" in uniform to get us a cab. While looking at us funny, the gentlemen somehow flagged one down for us. As we got into the cab and got a closer look, my husband went deadly silent. I asked what was wrong and he said that wasn't a "doorman" that was a police officer!

We were mortified but thank you, kind officer, for tolerating 2 tipsy Americans!

Best story ever.

Sara

ps - going tomorrow :P

Corrine Friday, June 10th, 2005 11:12 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Krissta
Best story ever.

Sara

ps - going tomorrow :P

Sara - Have a great time and give us a trip report when you return!

BigPapa Friday, June 10th, 2005 11:25 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Corrine
After buying our timeshare at LaCabana, we were excited and nervous. We went to El Gaucho to celebrate. Had way too much Sangria! When we came out, my husband asked the "doorman" in uniform to get us a cab. While looking at us funny, the gentlemen somehow flagged one down for us. As we got into the cab and got a closer look, my husband went deadly silent. I asked what was wrong and he said that wasn't a "doorman" that was a police officer!

We were mortified but thank you, kind officer, for tolerating 2 tipsy Americans!

That is funny. Here - The officer might have arrested him for Disorderly Conduct.

In Feb. of this year was my 1st. time and I meet PapaWito and Family. Was at their home ate with them. We email about every 2 weeks now. It felt Sooo Special to me. We are going back this July and he has tried to get me to stay with them - but I just couldn't. He knows!! But I know if for some reason I had to - I would just show up - and say " Whats for Dinner - I am hungry."

dixieluvsaruba Friday, June 10th, 2005 11:31 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by DiviAruba
We have been going to Aruba for years, and one bartender who is always at the hotel offered to show us around where the locals go. He took us around and also to Charlie's Bar. It was a great day, and, of course, he did it on his day off!

On the other hand, I would like to forget when I went into a store that I go in every time we're there and the woman said "I remember you, you've gained weight."

Lastly, at Juggling Fish I went in to get something that I had gotten my previous time there (1-1/2 months before) as someone else wanted one also. Unfortunatley they did not have it. The woman working there remembered me from the most recent and previous times being there and said next time your cruise ship is in, come in and look again, we should be getting more in. I started laughing and said that I did not work on a cruise ship and that I just come to Aruba a lot.

I don't think that many other places in the world who get so many tourists would remember one person, but it happens all the time in Aruba.

My friends are always remembered in the casinos, but that is for another reason! I don't have enough money to be recognized in a casino!

I have found Aruban people to be some of the most wonderful anywhere. I have had hotel employees that have acted as island guides on their day off. One even offered to loan me his car for the day he was working rather than me renting one. (I did not take him up on that but thought it was an extremely nice offer.)

The last time we were there, the owner of Papiamento came by our table and spoke with us about our previous trip to his restaurant a year earlier. He even remembered the table we sat at and what we had to eat.

My husband and I have many people that we have met and made friends with as a result of the Aruban way of making you feel at home.

Krissta Friday, June 10th, 2005 12:19 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Corrine
Sara - Have a great time and give us a trip report when you return!

Most definately :)

Ahh, can't wait, even though I have to be at Logan Airport for 4AM. :/ I keep telling myself it will be worth it...


Sara

DiviAruba Friday, June 10th, 2005 02:30 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Krissta
Most definately :)

Ahh, can't wait, even though I have to be at Logan Airport for 4AM. :/ I keep telling myself it will be worth it...


Sara

I know what you mean, changing the flight by 3 hours from 9 a.m. to 7 is crazy. We'll be there at 5, I won't do the 3 hour thing.

Corrine Friday, June 10th, 2005 06:16 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by BigPapa
That is funny. Here - The officer might have arrested him for Disorderly Conduct.

New York City cops would have a good laugh!

DebbieB Friday, June 10th, 2005 06:19 PM

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Last year a policeman pulled me over (with lights and siren) in San Nicholas. He told me my tire was low and where to get air for it.

DiviAruba Saturday, June 11th, 2005 07:11 AM

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Originally Posted by DebbieB
Last year a policeman pulled me over (with lights and siren) in San Nicholas. He told me my tire was low and where to get air for it.

This is why we all love Aruba and the people there.

chrisnwillie Saturday, June 11th, 2005 12:07 PM

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My favorite story is about Sandra. I had been communicating with her online for a while before I met her in person in 2004. I was so impressed with her that I couldn't wait to meet her again in 2005. This past March, she had my husband and myself to her home for the most wonderful BBQ I have ever had. She and her husband couldn't not have gone out of their way anymore if they tried. She opened her home to us as if we were family. She also helped me celebrate my birthday this year by going out to dinner with us, had beautiful handmade gifts for me that she made herself, and is possibly the warmest, most generous person I have ever met.

Sandra and Erik are just assets to have as friends and are the most important reason why we now visit Aruba yearly. I can't wait to see them both again next March.

lisaandre Saturday, June 11th, 2005 10:50 PM

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On our 1st trip we were off roading in a jeep & got stuck in the sand :embaresse
A local man who was "treasure hunting" stopped & pulled us out. We also got to hear about some of the island's history. It was a great experience.

DiviAruba Sunday, June 12th, 2005 07:01 AM

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I just thought of another one. I got an ear infection and a Dr. appointment was made for me by the front desk at the Allegro. I decided to take a bus as the location of the Dr.'s office seemed within walking distance to the bus station, supposedly by Pharmacia Oduebar (unsure of the spelling) but was really quite a bit farther. Well I could not find this Dr.'s office. I asked a bunch of people who kept telling me different places (but all in the general location). I was suprised that no one knew where it was, but I kept asking and looking. I was finally ready to turn around because I was frustrated and hot, and couldn't find a taxi because of the location I was in. I stopped in the Dollar Store and the manager said she knew where it was and said it was too far to walk (I could have walked it, but I was so hot and frustrated) and gave one of her employees, a young male the keys to her truck and said to bring me to the Doctor's office. He did! And it was the right place! He even said he would walk inside to make sure I was going to be seen. I said no problem as I knew it was the right place because I saw the doctor's name on the front, Dr. Bermudez. I gave him $5. which he didn't want to take, and happily (?) I went to the doctor's office. When I got home, I went for a follow up at my Dr. and they were shocked at one of the medicines that was given to me because we don't use that in the US because it was too expensive. I believe I was given three, maybe two prescriptions, and it cost about $80. total. My Doctor said that it would have cost me over $100. for that one prescription only. Arubans, gotta love them. :)

Twilyte Monday, June 13th, 2005 01:41 PM

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Thanks JIm, for the topic. :)

We were in Aruba during the solar eclipse in 1998. There were 4 of us on a cruise stop and after seeing the eclipse, we wanted to explore the island. Flagging down a cab wasn't hard, but we got a lot more than expected. Wish I caould remember his name, but the cab driver realized we had no idea where we wanted to go first so offered to give us an island tour... for $20 for all 4 of us. He took us to the high rises, the low rises, the light house, natural bridge, the aves, baby beech, haystack mountain, and -- I forget the name -- but the large rock formation you can climb. He stopped at each location and gave us plenty of time to explore and ask questions before heading for the next place. He spoke english well and answered all of our questions, even adding more info than we asked for. He took our pictures, walked with us on foot tours, pointed out the sites, the houses in the different districts, the govornment buildings, and made sure the air conditioning in the car was up full blast for our comfort. About 3 and a half to 4 hours later, he brought us back to the docks and when we tried to give him a $20 tip for everythng he did for us, he refussed it, saying it was too much. He took $4 in tip in addition to the $20 and would not take anything more. What a wonderful first impression of the island.

During our honeymoon in '99, I bought a couple of shirts at one of the shops in the "Birthday Cake Mall". Been back every year since and the gals not only rememeber me, but also which shirts I purchased in the past as they dir3ect me to new, but similar styles. My husband bought a bow and arrow set there in 2000 and the owner still remembers that too.

And Jimmy the bartender at Divi Village (we're so gald to hear he's returned!) not only remembered that we drink virgin pini coladas and when, he also remembered our room number... a year later!!! We'll have to tell him we've moved though, or he'll be charging it to our other unit. :)

There are so many nice, friendly people that come to mind it woudl take forever to list them all, but they are appreciated, every one.:)

Oakley Monday, June 13th, 2005 02:01 PM

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On our first trip to Aruba we decided to rent a car and see some of the sights. While trying to find the Aloe plant we must have looked lost by driving around the same circle over and over and taking the wrong exit. My wife was getting just a little upset with me for not asking for directions. (That male thing) A police officer pulled us over for acting suspicious. After telling him our problem he had a good laugh and then gave us an escort to the Aloe plant.

Thanks officer.

PS He had a Mercades and I had this little 4 banger. I had my foot to the floor the whole way trying to keep up. My wife was laughing so hard by the time we got there. Thanks Aruba!

mslia Monday, June 13th, 2005 05:00 PM

Unbelieveable arubeans
 
Many years ago, my son had an accident while jet skiing.. He got dumped by a mini power boat and their propeller got to my sons legs... it looked like a lion got to them... Anyway, I was at baby beach and my son was on the beach at Playa Linda with my Mom. His friend got him out of the water, but he was bleeding really badly. My Mom was terrified and ran to the front of the hotel and hailed a cab.. The cab driver normally wouldn't take wet passengers but he didn't hesitate... He took my Mom and son to the hospital. Better yet- the driver asked my Mom how much money she had, she said about $30... He handed her $100 and said she might need it. He said he knew which hotel she was at and just to leave "the loan" at the front desk and not to worry about it, just to take care of my son. He went on other calls while they were in the hospital but when they were done the taxi driver was at the front door of the hospital waiting to take them back to the hotel. Tell me where else on earth a taxi driver would not only go out of their way, but give you money? Bless that man...

DiviAruba Monday, June 13th, 2005 05:35 PM

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These are all great stories and shows why everyone is so fond of this island and the people.

carolrd Tuesday, June 14th, 2005 08:10 AM

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On my first visit to Aruba, a friend of mine purchased a rather expensive necklace from the Gold Mine Jewelry store on our last day. The owner (can't remember his name) usually takes a picture of the customers wearing their purchases. He told us he would have the picture developed and bring it to the airport to her. We thought, yeah right. Well, later on that afternoon, we are at the airport, swarming with people, here comes this guy, making his way through the crowds, just to bring this one picture to his customer. We couldn't believe it. I still shop at his stores.

Another one. In 2003, during our stay at CPV, we came back after a day at the beach, and there is a message on our telephone. Please call Angelica, the General Manager soon as we return. We thought, OMG, what now. When I contacted her, she told us that we would have to leave our unit due to a plumbing problem in the unit next to ours. We were not really happy about it, but we wouldn't have any water. But it wasn't going to ruin our vacation. So we moved to another unit for 2 days. For our trouble, we were given a free dinner at Valentino's. That was great for me. A free dinner!! It was my first time to Valentino's, and it wasn't cheap. Every day, Angelika, would stop by to see how we were doing, and would make sure that we were happy. We assured her, we were fine and the Dinner was more than enough. That year, my Mom was with me. She admired a necklace that Angelica was wearing. Angelica explained that she makes jewelry in her free time. Two days later, Angelica stops by and wants to see Mom. She made a beautiful ameythest (sp) necklace for her. It is absolutely gorgeous. Angelica has been more than generous to us already. At this point, she tells us that she is giving us a free week for our next years visit. WOW, I am in shock. Angelica is one of the most caring, generous people I know. We keep in touch throughout the year. If you would like to meet her, you can find her at the poolbar at CPV. Tell her Carol sent you.

melissa110 Tuesday, June 14th, 2005 11:24 AM

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BigPapa, I just wanted to say that I read your trip report and it completey consumed me. I think you must be a great husband, and that you and George (nickname for a woman in case any of you have not read his trip report) are a beautiful couple. Good luck in the future!!! Can;t wait for my honeymoon in Aruba!!!

Melissa


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