Aruba 4 was another memorable time on the island we have come to enjoy. Joining us this year was Judith’s colleague from Supervisor Burke’s office – Del Huff, who recently retired and is thoroughly enjoying herself, as well as her friend Paula Kimberling who also is a recent retiree from the County of Los Angeles. As you can imagine, after a week in Aruba they have become more than just a colleague and are now both part of our family.
After being greeting by our Marriott Surf Club family led by ambassador Shawn, we got tucked in just in time to enjoy the last 2 days of the annual Soul Beach Music Festival, featuring Slim. We were scheduled to attend the concert featuring Jamie Foxx but our bodies weren’t feeling it………..so we settled in for some early appetizers at Moomba’s.
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The Memorial Day week is when we make our annual trek to Aruba so on Sunday we decided to spend it on the beach and as mentioned the Soul Beach Music Festival was going on………and who would be there but the one and only Slim with his 40. The DJ’s were spinning some great tunes so once the dance contest was over we regrouped and headed to the Flea Market to see Marie and other vendors we have met over the years. Returning back to the resort we capped off the evening at Smokey Joe’s.
Day 4 we headed to “Chocolate City” or commonly known as San Nicholas to see our friends at Charlie’s and beyond. This year we were honored as the Mayor of SN was refreshing himself and sharing some interesting information about the city. Of course we visited Baby Beach and on the way back to Palm Beach we stopped in Savenetta to see the Olympic Swimming complex. We were treated to the surprise of our trip as we met a young college student named Patricia Arrindell (more later). Leaving Savenetta we made it back to Oranjestand and had appetizers at the famous Iguana Joes, as well as a little shopping. On the way back to our villa we stopped off at Judith’s “must have” Chinese restaurant for take out.
Day 5 was spent walking the beach and relaxing. We had our evening meal and shopping spree at Smokey Joe’s and beyond.
Day 6 was spent in the pool and we had a great dinner with our newly found friends Walt and Carmen, who we met in Houston as we were headed to Aruba. With Paula and Del all of us had a great meal and got a chance to know each other while we shared the experience of Maambo Jambo’s.
Day 7 will go down as one of our most memorable experiences as Patricia invited us to her home in Santa Cruz. We are treated to great hospitality and a powerful family experience. While we didn’t meet her father or brother as they were still at work, her mother, Ann put out a tremendous spread which featured some of the famous caribbean flavors that everyones likes. The Arrindell’s also had guest who live in the states but who came home for their mother’s funeral. Joining them were friends from the Virgin Islands and Greneda. The pictures hopefully do justice to what was a fantastic experience of the African diversity.
Day 8 as in most days which are the last day in Aruba is always tough. All of a sudden you remember those things you wanted to do or where on your list during your pre-planning. Unfortunately, after having such a great time you resign yourself………you can only do so much.
After a brief work out in the gym, we finished up packing and officially checked out and meandered our way to the airport after stopping off at various sites to get some last minute pictures. Oh yeah – Gas for the week was under $25!!!!!! What a deal.
In conclusion Aruba 4 was a well needed break that we all needed. The trip was made truly memorable by reuniting with Shawn and our friends at Charlie and others, as well as meeting new friends – Walter & Carmen and of course the Arrindell’s and some members of their family.
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