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mark Thursday, October 28th, 2010 10:40 AM

Aruban people's hospitality
We just had some great Facebook feedback on Aruban people's hospitality which clearly is key to Aruba visitors' positive experiences.

We also just posed this question: Can you recall a specific case or situation that really struck you, when someone really went over and beyond to make you feel welcome and at home?

Feel free to respond here and on Facebook

Thanks :)

Tina from Sweden Thursday, October 28th, 2010 01:30 PM

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We had problems getting a rental on a specific day. Then we got help from a man we have got to know over the years we've come to Aruba. He got a car for free for us.

I am so surpriced that people in shops downtown remember us from one year to another. Even though we just have met for a moment in there store. It's so nice.

Last year we cellabrated our 20th weddinganniversery and after our dinner at The old man and the sea restaurant we got back to the hotell and there we got cards from friends who works at the hotel and champagne. ♥

I Love and long for Aruba and all of my friends. Soon i'm back again:-)) Meeting my extended family again<3<3<3

Hugs to you all

Tina from Sweden:wink_smil

Manzanita Thursday, October 28th, 2010 03:16 PM

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Probably our first & one of many hospitable interactions with local Arubians occured during our 1st trip (around 1995). We were at LCBRC & we attended Bingo Night at their Casino.

We are definitely NOT 'bingo savvy" yet many local people bent over backwards to make our experience exceptional! We are not accustomed to this interaction with "strangers" in the Northeast US! I believe, this simple connection with the Arubian people won our hearts to return to this wonderful country!:heart:

dwippies Thursday, October 28th, 2010 03:33 PM

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don't forget people, if you are facebook members, cut and paste your comments on this link: | Facebook

LearJet9 Thursday, October 28th, 2010 05:02 PM

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On our 2008 visit my buddy and I rented ATV's and went to the outback to ride. We were in Santa Cruz on a side street when my ATV died. No cell phone, no way to call or contact the rental co. We had a bungy cord we were using to hold towels on the ATV. We used that to tow the broken ATV to a populated area. Took us an hour in the Aruba sun but we ended up at a "local bar" on a side street. No tourists here. We were more than a little concerned. A gentleman coming out of the bar (it was about 15'X15') stopped to ask what was wrong, we told him. Not only did he call the rental co from his cell phone, he said you guys look like you've been in the sun awhile, c'mon in I'll buy you a beer! He proceeded to buy us both a beer!! Took the rental co an hour to get to us, he, and the few locals in the bar could not have been nicer.

arubabob Thursday, October 28th, 2010 07:54 PM

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One year we went in November. We drove to baby beach to snorkel. When we got done we decided to go to the cerro colorado lighthouse. We had not been there before. We drove thru a houseing area on the way back down and saw a Santa Claus and other christmas decorations on the outside of one home. We stopped to take a photo of the display. A lady was in the garage and she asked if she could help us. I said we just noticed your santa and wanted to get a picture. She let us into the courtyard and then into the house to show her decorations. She was very nice.

ArubaMary Thursday, October 28th, 2010 08:30 PM

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About 15 years ago I was spending a week in Aruba solo for the first time. It was a few days before New Year's and I drove from the airport to my hotel with a female taxi operator. She asked where I planned to spend New Year's Eve. I said I would be at my hotel where I knew the waiters and waitresses. She said, "You can't be alone New Year's Eve." I assured her I would be fine. I forgot our words until New Year's Eve when I was sitting at the bar. The bartender answered the phone and brought it to me, "Telephone for you." It was the taxi operator telling me her son was on his way to pick me up and bring me to her house. Something I would never do in the States, I went outside and got into a stranger's car. Off we went to his mother's house. I enjoyed the Aruban way of celebrating the New Year as we went around the neighborhood greeting her friends and family and enjoying food at each house. When I thought the night would be coming to an end she said it was just beginning. Off we went into the countryside to spend several hours at a large party with other taxi drivers. I was the only non-Aruban. The memories are vivid to this day.

rdharles Friday, October 29th, 2010 08:53 AM

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On the last day of our second trip to Aruba, we didn't feel like going out and decided to eat the leftovers in our hotel room fridge from the night before. I went downstairs to see if I could find some A1 and some silverware. I found an employee outside of one of the restaurants in the hotel. He took me back to the kitchen and got me what I needed. The following year we ran into this gentleman again. He remembered me and asked what we were doing the following day. He invited us to spend the day with his family in their "trailer" along the street during the Carnival Parade. He picked us up at the hotel in the morning and we spent the day eating & drinking, hanging out with his family and friends and watching an incredible parade. A day and experience that we will never forget.

mark Friday, October 29th, 2010 01:00 PM

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These are all really heartwarming examples of Aruban hospitality. Thanks for sharing! | Facebook

Elaine S Friday, October 29th, 2010 03:22 PM

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The Aruban hospitality really shows itself "everyday" in one way or another so it's hard to just pick a couple instances, but....

A couple years ago, my friend Mary and I were going to a restaurant in O'stad, and just couldn't seem to find it. I'm great for "follow that car," but nobody seemed to be eating wherever it was we were going because we just "kept traveling." Finally, I saw an Aruban woman standing on the corner, and asked if she could give us directions. She literally hopped in the car, got us there, and went off to work. I think she said she worked at the Ren.

Last year... another "where the hell is Cooks?" Mary and I must have gone around the same blocks a gazilion times. Each time, we got back to the corner where El Gaucho is, the same man was directing traffic, and gave us the same directions, but damn if we could find the restaurant...(I can only imagine how he must have laughed to himself) Anyway, we found ourselves right back to where we started, and I saw two young Aruban girls on the street, rolled down the window, and asked if they could help. Once again, the two young ladies got in our car, and showed us the way...BUT, we had to take them back to where we picked them up. Eventually, we got it right!!

This past February, I took a cab in town one night to meet someone for dinner... the cab driver was such a nice man, and we had quite a chat. He was concerned that I was traveling solo, and asked how long I thought I'd be. I said..." probably a couple hours". I walked outside after dinner, and darn if he wasn't standing by his cab waiting for me!

teker Friday, October 29th, 2010 07:16 PM

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Last year we rented a boat for the day from a beach vendor. His name was Robert. Gave us a very good deal. We brought along lunch and had enough for him. He showed up with a mate so lunch was a little thin. We had a wonderful day. Snorkeling and swimming along the reef down past the airport. During lunch we we talked about him and his family. He invited us to his home to have dinner with him and his family. Although we could not fit it into our schedule we were touched with the invite. We were way passed the time our rental was to have ended he insisted that we had to go the airport and go end of the runway. We waited in the boat under the approach lights until a plane came over. You could almost touch and felt the blast of the engines.

sailorlady52 Saturday, October 30th, 2010 03:33 AM

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I know I posted this in the Aruba Tales thread, but it bears repeating here (short form).

Last year, the people next door (I rented a cottage in Noord) invited us to attend their daughter's 15th birthday party...which is a very BIG deal!

Imagine that, total strangers invited to such an important event. It is the norm for everyone I meet in Aruba.

dwippies Saturday, October 30th, 2010 06:32 AM

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you have learned quickly what we who have traveled to aruba for years learned long ago. the hearts of arubans are bigger than anywhere else. glad to see another arubaholic join the group.


Originally Posted by sailorlady52 (Post 103089)
I know I posted this in the Aruba Tales thread, but it bears repeating here (short form).

Last year, the people next door (I rented a cottage in Noord) invited us to attend their daughter's 15th birthday party...which is a very BIG deal!

Imagine that, total strangers invited to such an important event. It is the norm for everyone I meet in Aruba.

JohnL Sunday, October 31st, 2010 11:17 AM

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When our youngest child, Jackie, was 7 (now 14) she met a 7 year old Aruban girl named Mikha on the MiDushi snorkle adventure. They became immediate friends and she invited Jackie to her 7th birthday party at her home in Noord. Since then, they have become the best of friends. when we are there, Jackie stays overnight at Mikha's house and Mikha stays at our timeshare condo. Throughout the years, we have become good friends with Mikha's parents and we enjoy each others company at local restaurants, their house, and at our resort. This year, Mikha returned from Aruba with us for a 3 week vacation in New England. She had a blast and we enjoyed having her. It takes great friendship and trust for any parent to allow their child to travel to another country with friends..... Aruban people are hospitable, understanding, have great faith, and are very trusting. We learn from them each time we are there. We have many friends in Aruba, but I thought this true story is a great example of Aruban friendship.

JohnJT Monday, November 1st, 2010 09:42 PM

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I think this was told elsewhere, so I'll try to keep it brief.
We flew to Aruba about 10 days after 9/11/2001.
All Arubans were kind, sad about the events, yet glad we made it to Aruba when many people were not flying.
At one popular restaurant, a young server expressed her sorrow about what happened in New York City. "I am so sorry about what happened to your country".
Our friend gave her a flag pin from his lapel. She was very touched by this little gift, she cried, we cried.
It was a genuine expression of I obviously remember to this day.

roschone Monday, November 1st, 2010 11:53 PM

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One year, my brother and his family joined us in Aruba. His 2 daughters were 4 and 1 at the time. Our long-time local friend Glenn invited us all to his home one night. Glenn and most of his family live in a small set of trailers on the outskirts of O'stad. They don't have much, but we were overwhelmed at the party they gave which was obviously in our honor. All the children painted a huge sign that said "Welcome Frank and Rosanna Famaly" (exact quote). Not that there was any fancy food or drink. Just plain finger foods and rum & punch, etc. More family and friends joined the celebration as the night wore on. My 4 year old niece could not speak one word with the other children, but they played and laughed and sang all night long in some kind of universal kids language. It turned into the best block party I've ever been to. Like I said they didn't have much, but they shared EVERYTHING they had to make sure we had a good time. We were so touched by their generosity.

My sister in law said it better than I ever could. Her exact words were, I am humbled.

One year we returned for our usual trip to Aruba to find out that Glenn died suddenly a few months prior. We were devastated by the news and went to find the rest of the family. Took a while on those back streets but we found his sister. And since then, she and her son have visited here in the states and we remain close. But it was Glenn and his genuine warm heart that brought us all together.

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