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Old Wednesday, April 30th, 2008, 11:16 AM
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Don't forget to enjoy the simple things while on a trip to Aruba. At night, when the air is clear and the moon out of sight, you'll see plenty more stars than in any metropolitan area of the US. Drive to a spot where you can put your head back and check out the show. A visit to various website will even allow you to print a chart for your location, date, and time so you can find planets and so forth. It's cheap, fun, and romantic and may be something you can't do at home.

Another fun thing, if you have transportation, is to drive to the small rum shops or soda stands. There is one on the island side of Savaneta called Little Joseys. Here you can get a soda, talk to some strangers, maybe share a bag of fried plantains. Old time fun and gives you a close look at what the Caribbean was, and still is in some parts.

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Old Wednesday, April 30th, 2008, 12:00 PM
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Excellent suggestion. I love it! Not only are there tons of stars visible but the equatorial sky reveals a whole new world of constellations.
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Another simple thing... head down to Savaneta, find a quiet beach there, bring your favorite beverage. Just watch those waves lap the sand. Sounds trite, but down there, on a weekday, you may not see another soul from 9AM to 3PM. A couple of fisherman may pass with their net, or a few young children. Other than that, you might be on your own private island.
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Another great simple thing. Go for a hike through the natural park, or along the east side of the island. Yeah, its windy but pleasant in a raw, natural way. Be sure to take plenty of water and a walking stick. A venture like this helps you to appreciate all the comforts of the hotels.
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Yet another simple thing....

I used to stand the midnight to six watch aboard tugboats. Always seemed to be coming out of the bay and into the ocean about an hour before dawn. This is the time to start a new pot of coffee so your cup is hot and fresh for the new day.

I like to do this in Aruba because I'm used to getting up that early (which is not for everyone, especially my wife). But sunrise is fantastic in the middle latitudes. You position your chair just right, have that hot cup there, your preferred domestic animal by your side, the poor thing wondering what's this is all about being up so early. Take a sip, watch the colors unfold, a pat on old reliable and....

... and then go to bed for a couple of hours and sleep like a brick.

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the simple things are always the best. well put!


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I used to stand the midnight to six watch aboard tugboats. Always seemed to be coming out of the bay and into the ocean about an hour before dawn. This is the time to start a new pot of coffee so your cup is hot and fresh for the new day.

I like to do this in Aruba because I'm used to getting up that early (which is not for everyone, especially my wife). But sunrise is fantastic in the middle latitudes. You position your chair just right, have that hot cup there, your preferred domestic animal by your side, the poor thing wondering what's this is all about being up so early. Take a sip, watch the colors unfold, a pat on old reliable and....

... and then go to bed for a couple of hours and sleep like a brick.

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Another simple thing that maybe you can do...

Before I made Aruba home, I visited frequently. As I got to know a group of locals and expats, they introduced me to a tradition they maintained from the time they grew up there. Here it is....

The first person to arrive on the island (because they were all coming from different locales and not traveling together) would go to their bungalow, stock the fridge, air it out, get things ready. Then he would go to the airport carrying the next guys favorite booze in a cooler. The second guy then joined the first and repeated the process until late that evening everyone was there and ready for a night on the town.

It's a huge thrill meeting people at the airport. The look on their face of relief to be off the plane, in paradise, and ready to relax and enjoy is priceless. And from the other side, it's great to have a cool drink (booze or otherwise) and a warm welcome to a home away from home.

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Excellent posts and ideas, thanks! I can relate to so many of them, either because I've already done them or plan to. Each visit to Aruba for me has become less and less planned/frantic and more and more unscripted and free. And simple. Sunrise is such a powerful thing, in meaning and in color and in its simplicity.

I was lucky enough to have a local as my guide on my last visit, and she showed my places and roads that it would have taken several more visits for me to find (and then only because I'd purposefully gotten lost). The park is incredible, and an unexpected surprise. Click on the link in my sig for 'pics' and then click on the Aruba album, lots of pics from the park.

Thanks again for all the great contributions. Simplicity rocks!
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Kevin,

Thanks for the kudos. I'm coming up with some more, one at a time, nice and steady.

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From your home page, and your book: 'Far from the sparkling beaches and glamorous hotels lies a...boomtown of barroom brothels and flexible morality'.

In addition to San Nicolaas that's also a perfect description of Key West - no wonder I relate to you so easily, and why I feel so at home here. It's my Aruba away from Aruba
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Kevin,

I was in Key West a couple years ago. Did I miss something? Stayed at the Mermaid and the Alligator, was a fantastic place, with excellent hospitality. Enjoyed the town, stomping around with the ghost of Hemingway, and looking out for the cats.
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Living here gives a fuller vision of Key West that what the visitor sees, which might be comparable to someone shopping in O-staad and sitting on Palm Beach feeling like they've seen Aruba. Tourists fill our hotels (and flock here daily in cruise ships) to have a drink at Sloppy Joe's, taste the conch fritters and key lime pie, tour the hemingway house and the southernmost point and the mallory square sunset celebration etc. But then there's the raunchy side of Key West, with naked bars and murderous vagrants and *** in public, flexible or altogether disappearing morals, corrupt yet permissive law enforcement - a fresh set of rules after midnight.

There's a reason that Keys Disease exists. Opportunity for debauchery is everpresent, and simple (there's that word again).
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Living here gives a fuller vision of Key West that what the visitor sees, which might be comparable to someone shopping in O-staad and sitting on Palm Beach feeling like they've seen Aruba. Tourists fill our hotels (and flock here daily in cruise ships) to have a drink at Sloppy Joe's, taste the conch fritters and key lime pie, tour the hemingway house and the southernmost point and the mallory square sunset celebration etc. But then there's the raunchy side of Key West, with naked bars and murderous vagrants and *** in public, flexible or altogether disappearing morals, corrupt yet permissive law enforcement - a fresh set of rules after midnight.

There's a reason that Keys Disease exists. Opportunity for debauchery is everpresent, and simple (there's that word again).
And you want my husband to go there to "fish"!!

Fish for WHAT???
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How could I have forgotten!

Another fantastic simple thing to do is head to the drive in movie theatre. Off the main road in Balashi, can't miss it.

Take your favorite company and snacks and kick back and watch the movies. Where else can you have fun in the sun, relive the past and still be headed toward the future?
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Here is a simple thing that's bad to start but easy to fix...

It's labeled P - A - D, which is short for Post Aruba Depression. This happens regularly after returning to another place from Aruba. The solution is to make reservations for the near future, put the tickets on the fridge, and frequent your favorite message board to stay in touch.

Simple, beautiful, enjoy!
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And you want my husband to go there to "fish"!!

Fish for WHAT???
Ummm...something's always biting, you're never really sure until you reel it in and see what you hooked
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