ARRIBA ARRIBA TO ARUBA!
Now as we fly over the beautiful skies high above the Caribbeans; we see many small polka-dots that are in fact islands; but where shall we land next…Jamaica, Bahamas (all of those wonderful places we have been before–and loved it!), …now where shall we land our plane next—-yes ARUBA . What of this apparently beautiful island?
Well according to research, I learned a few facts about Aruba. First, is that it “is 20 miles island of the Lesser Antilles in the southern Caribbean Sea, located about 7 miles north of the coast of Venezuela and east of Colombia. It is referred to as the ABC Islands.
FYI: Aruba together with Bonaire and Curaçao, forms a group referred to as the ABC islands of the Leeward Antilles, the southern island chain of the Lesser Antilles. Collectively, Aruba and the other Dutch islands in the Antilles are commonly referred to as the Netherlands Antilles or the Dutch Antilles.” (wikipedia)
Pictured above is ARUBA in relations to South American, as you can see it is nestled just south of Venezuela and north of the other Caribbean Islands, much like a small package or gift to us, the passengers and crew members aboard the “Pilot to the World”.
…now above is a closer look of the island of ARUBA; it seems indeed a wonderful place for Tourist such as oursleves looking for something unique…”unlike much of the Caribbean region, Aruba has a dry climate and an arid, cactus-strewn landscape. This climate has helped tourism, as visitors to the island can reliably expect warm, sunny weather. It has a land area of about 69.1 square miles and is densely populated with a total of 101,484 inhabitants last counted at the 2010 Census. Also, what is most beneficial is that it lies outside the hurricane belt!”
FYI: The hurricane belt is an area in the Atlantic Ocean, including the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, which is prone to hurricanes during the Atlantic hurricane season (June 1 through November 30…with September being the most active and May being the least). So we are travelling in a good time frame:)
Brief facts about our new destination of Aruba:
Dialing code: 297
Area: 74.52 sq miles (193 km²)
Currency: Aruban florin
Government: Constitutional monarchy
What we should know about spending MONEY?: The Aruban Florin AWG
What Language may we hear spoken while in Aruba?
Now, when we are in Aruba we should now what languages may be spoken (regardless if we can speak them of not….knowledge is POWER): “On the Caribbean island of Aruba, there are many languages spoken. The official language is Dutch, and schools there require students to learn both English and Spanish. Although French and, to a lesser extent, Portuguese are also present on the island. However, the mother tongue and primary vernacular of almost all Arubans is a local creole language known as “Papiamento“, according to the Government it is an Afro-Portuguese Creole”
TIP: Whenever one reads or hears the word “Afro” as a prefix of any nationality or country, to my experience, it is used to denote someone with also a African of Black desent (for example Afro-American or Afro-Latina).
FYI: Papiamento is a creole language with roots mainly from Portuguese, and to a lesser extent, from Dutch and English, and originated in the 16th century as a means of communication among slaves and slave drivers.
Selected Aruban Papiamento phrases (to aid as we experience the bueatiful island):
|Bon dia||Buenos días||Bom dia||Goedemorgen||Good morning|
|Bon tardi||Buenas tardes||Boa tarde||Goedemiddag||Good afternoon|
|Bon nochi||Buenas noches||Boa noite||Goedenacht||Good night|
|Bon bini||Bienvenido||Bem vindo||Welkom||Welcome|
|Danki||Gracias||Obrigado||Dank u/Dank je||Thank you|
|Pasa un bon dia||Que tenga un buen día||Passa/Tenha um bom dia||Fijne dag||Have a good day|
|Con ta bay?||¿Cómo estás?/¿Cómo te va?||Como está/vai?||Hoe gaat het?||How are you?|
|Mi ta bon||(Yo) Estoy bien||(Eu) Estou bem||Met mij gaat het goed||I am fine|
|Cuant’or tin? Cuanto ora tin?||¿Qué hora es?/¿Qué horas son?||Que hora tem?/Que horas são?||Hoe laat is het?||What time is it?|
|Mi por papia Papiamento||(Yo) Puedo hablar papiamento||(Eu) Posso falar papiamento||Ik spreek Papiaments||I can speak Papiamento|
|Aruba ta bunita||Aruba es bonita||Aruba é bonita||Aruba is mooi||Aruba is beautiful|
What should we do while in Aruba!
Now that we are acquainted with a few words and catch phrases that will allow us to get around comfortably as tourists while in Aruba, we can better absorb some of the local culture. Luckily most hotels and restaurants proudly display the local Artworks and Exhibits that appear to have continual expositions throughout the year. There are weekly outdoor markets showcasing local handicrafts from the local artists. Many products are proudly labeled “made in Aruba”, and it is included with the edibles and collectables, and handicrafts. All these items can make interesting souvenirs for our friends and family back home. What is most thrilling are the Carnival theme nights; with their delicious and sumptuous buffets. We will love that fact that there are a great dinner options for tourists, like ourselves, to get our fill of the variety of the local cuisine. If we wish, we can try your hand at the popular casinos tables, even the gaming chips reflect various cultural elements (although I strongly recommend doing this only as a form of entertainment and not a means of gaining wealth)…let’s spin the wheel of fortune for fun!
Therefore, lay back relax and take in all of the beauty that is ARUBA! or we can sit back with your friends and instead of taking in a picture show, which we can do anywhere, take in the: mise en scène !
Okay, so now who would not want to go to a beautiful location with its white powered sugary beaches, with crystal blue clear waters?! As one of the most popular of the Caribbean islands, Aruba is the farthest west of the Dutch “ABC” islands. Located only 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela. One thing that becomes apparent is that Aruba is not: a lush, tropical destination. If fact, the desert-like terrain is quite the flat and arid with scattered fields of cacti and aloe vera plants, similar to New Mexico or Arizona. Strange to share the experience, on the same Caribbean island, of visiting a white powdery sand beach along side turquoise blue colored waters then visit brown grainy sands with sprouting prickly cacti!
FYI: Cacti (plural of Cactus) are almost exclusively New World plants. This means that they are native only in North America, South America, and the West Indies. The Tehuacán Valley of Mexico has one of the richest occurrences of cacti in the world (the earlier name of Mexico City) means “place of the sacred cactus.” The coat of arms of Mexico to this day shows an eagle, snake, and cactus.).
Well just how beautiful is it…have you ever heard the saying…”this looks like it could be a postcard”!? Well, Aruba is an island for lazy beach days and energetic late party nights, so we took other’s recommendation and made Aruba a land-based vacation (translation not our usual cruise). Because of the fact that it is a relatively long flight from the US, we should allow ourselves to spend at least a five nights’ stay. This will enable us enough time to relax and enjoy the pleasures of this unique island
So grab your family members, girlfriends, boyfriends …even your enemy, which will become your best friend after your stay in Aruba; and walk the powdery beaches together (LOL)!
During the dim warm Aruban’s Nights or the sun bright Days any hotel you select, like the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino for example, will sure to be lustrous, relaxed and lush! Aruba has several beaches, the calmest being Baby Beach, located on the far southern tip of the island near San Nicolas. The most popular beaches in Aruba are on the Southwest end of the island, where the major hotels are poised. The most popular beaches are Palm and Eagle Beaches!
…other points of interest that may be interesting
DIVI DIVI TREE
I am sure that we will get a chance to picnic under those divine divi trees with my Co-Pilots and Passengers:) …seems like a perfect “natural” beach umbrella for a beautiful island such as Aruba!
Divi Divi trees (like the one pictured above), may be strange to us as tourist but they are quite a common site in Aruba, they grow at a forty-five degree angle because of the wind that constantly blows . Another interesting observation is that any attempts to plant this tree in other parts of the world have proved futile – then it seems that the Divi Divi is most comfortable in Aruba! . In Aruba, lost tourists are told to follow the Divi Divi trees, as they always point to the hotels (ask.com). LOL what a sales pitch (lol).
FYI: Divi Divi Tree are trees that behaves like a compass. It always points in a south-westerly direction because of the trade winds (ask jeeves).
Natural Pool in Aruba, also known as “conchi” or “Cura di Tortuga” these are a uniquely formed from sets of volcanic rocks encircling a small depression. Aruba Natural Pool is a natural attraction on the eastern side of the island. The location of the Natural Pool is close to the Quadiriki Caves and therefore is surrounded by some of Aruba’s most rugged terrain…so let’s step carefully! Also, it will be wise for us to take plenty of water, sunblock and shoes that are made to get wet.
Along the island’s windward coast we will find this natural delight with its huge volcanic rocks that are jutting like razors from the water! Separating the Natural Pool from the rest of the sea, those rocks do not hinder it’s salty flavor, however it does allow the Natural Pools to attain a crystal clear appearance. As we peek around to find the Natural Pool, which wa in a hidden spot surrounded by rock cliffs; we should feel lucky that it’s a natural pool that is formed on the edge of the sea, because this makes it protected by the high cliffs and thus is an ideal spot to swim away from the open water. Also, it’s really a beautiful and romantic getaway.
…if you are “friendly” you will want to take that cooling dip with a group of friends new and old……but if you are getting “frisky” you may want to take that dip when it is quite deserted with a party of 2! (splish splash!). It is estimated to measure at about 23 feet at its longest stretch and 16 feet at its deepest depth…so if you are not a great swimmer take caution to these facts further it is imperative to know that when the sea is at it’s roughest, forceful waves can dump into the Natural Pool from the sea and render a weak swimmer helpless! Therefore swim with sense.
The Aruba Natural Bridge was a tourist attraction that was formed naturally out of coral limestone.
Though Aruba’s most photographed and largest Natural Bridge collapsed in 2005, the Baby Natural Bridge next to it still thrives as a tourist attraction; additionally the park features rock outcroppings, boulders and crevices between the various formations which create micro-climactic conditions that support unique examples of indigenous flora and fauna; as a result, the park is the habitat of several animal species found only in Aruba including two snake and lizard species; you could easily spend several hours here so consider taking the hiking tour or you can sit down with the Pilot and wonder at one of God’s wonders! WEBSITE: http://www.arubanationalpark.org
FYI: Flora: The plants of a particular region or period, listed by species and considered as a whole.
Fauna: The animals of a given region or period considered as a whole.
The Hooiberg is probably one of the first things you’ll notice when our plane lands in Aruba. Not because this “mountain” is so tall (541 ft.), but because the rest of the island is so flat. Climbing the Hooiberg is a nice little adventure, especially for the kiddies (this is one of those times you can tell your children “go climb a rock” and not worry so much that they will actually do it (lol). There are 561 concrete steps, some with rails, and a few rest stops. When we reach the summit there will be is a log book to sign (so practice your John or Jane Hancock). From the peak, it is rumored that we will apparently be able to see Venezuela so don’t forget to pack our pair of binoculars!
Hooiberg is a volcanic formation which 165 meters above sea level, and is located almost in the center of the island and can be seen from virtually anywhere. Named for its shape (hooiberg means “haystack” in Dutch), this 541-foot peak lies inland just past the airport. It’s the 3rd highest peak on the island. The biggest tour operators in Aruba is the DePalm Tours , they offer excellent half day tours in a comfortable well conditioned motor coach. The most popular tour is the Jeep Safari. We are driven in an open-air jeep along the islands beautiful countryside, bouncing along the desert terrain (get ready to get bounced out the Rock Club ).
FYI: Translated into English as ‘haystack,’ this hill has long been a popular outdoor location for visitors and Arubans ALIKE!
GUADIRIKIRI CAVE ARUBA
The Guadirikiri Cave is located on the east coast of Aruba in Oranjestad. Although there are several caves in the area, the Guadirikiri Cave is famous for its two chambers that are illuminated by sunlight that shines through holes at the top of the cave. Be careful of the bats…(doesn’t that second picture look like a bat-image (l0l)…where is the Dark Knight when you need him (lol).
These caves are likely one of the only attractions in Aruba to be completely overrun with cockroaches. So for those squeamish about such things, like your Pilot make sure to wear closed-toe shoes for la cucaracha(Spanish for cockroach). You will not be sorry (yikes). The combination of ancient history with the natural wonder of these Aruba caves make Guadirikiri an impressive stop on any tour of the Caribbean. The history behind it is actually and ancient folklore: ” somewhat dubious folk tale relates to a daughter of an Indian chief who fell in love and was imprisoned in the cave as her paramour was not acceptable to her father. Her beloved one was imprisoned nearby, in Huliba Cave (Tunnel of Love), but both lovers managed to meet underground. Both reportedly died in the cave and their spirit vanished into heaven through the holes in the roof of the cave.”
TIP: This folk tale has a ring of authenticity; because we know that there is no such thing as “spirits” left here on earth. The Bible is very plain. Look at this text: According to the Bible it reads that: “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” Ecclesiastes 12:7
De Palm Island is Aruba’s only all-inclusive destination at an affordable all-inclusive price. …much to the liking of the Pilot and her crew. So let us, Snorkel in an underwater paradise rich in spectacular coral formations and colorful fish.
A stunning white coral-sand beach, palm trees, mangroves, a natural pool and pristine turquoise water are just a ferry ride away. De Palm Island offers spectacular coral formations complete with a huge variety of tropical fish including the friendly blue parrotfish. No worries as they say on the island, all snorkeling equipment and instruction will be provided. The highlight of our De Palm Island trip will definitely be Snuba! Snuba (SNorkel+scUBA)! Aruba’s most popular underwater activity. Explore the beauty of Aruba’s underwater world in the most convenient way. ‘Go Beyond Snorkeling’ and breathe easily underwater without wearing heavy restrictive scuba diving gear. After our snuba experience, let’s take advantage of an open bar with snacks. Cabanas and lounge chairs are provided tpp. Swim, snorkel, or just simply chill!
Malmok Beach is for the more serious diver amongst our group; not in need of a large sunning beach. Malmok Beach is a narrow stretch of sand beside shallow, clear waters where visitors can snorkel among reefs and sunken wrecks. Steps lead down to Boca Catalina Bay, which is small, secluded and perfect for a private swim…which is also perfect for a “honeymoon”.
Arashi Beach is really the most northern swimming beach on the island, very near the California Lighthouse. Arashi Beach is one of the most photographed beaches in the whole Caribbean, especially during the sunset hours. (www.snorkelinginaruba.com). Besides that then know the sun setting will lend itself to a beautiful photograph of you on the beach (say cheese!).
Eagle Beach Aruba was recently named one of the top ten beaches in the world with its white sands and crystalline blue waters! Miles of white powder sand and friendly surf. Lots of motorized watersports (jet skis, etc), or just lay out like a crab for the sunning in the sun…ps SUN BLOCK!
Eagle Beach is a beach and neighborhood of Oranjestad, Aruba. The neighborhood is famous for its many low-rise resorts and wide public beach. It has soft white sand and has been rated one of the best beaches in the world. The sunsets and views of the crystal-clear waters you will see on Aruba in the Caribbean Islands. It is one of two beaches in Aruba that allow nudity, the other being Baby Beach (sorry no pictures OR Facebook, myspace, Twitter or posting Instagrams photos please ( lol) www.wikipedia.com
FYI: Instagram: It is the hottest iphone startup right now it’s a simple photo-taking and photo-sharing app that has taken over Silicon Valley and is filling our Twitter feed with fun, cute photographs. (businessinsider.com)
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TAKE A TOUR OR ANY TYPE OF EXCURSION…DON’T BE BORING BECAUSE ARUBA ISN’T….
Aruba is a great place to tour: with Island Tours, Jeep Tours, Sail, Snorkeling and Scuba Tours, and all kinds of Underwater Tours available to you…couressty of De Palm Tour company call 582-4400 or visit then online at www.depalmtours.com Although you might be tempted to stay on the beaches, be sure to take a tour of the island (drink it all in…)
Ride it by yourself on a segaway, or three of a kind on a trike or even ride it 6 deep in a jeep…just ride in Aruba (vroom vroom)
SegaWaying Trikes Riding Jeep Tours
THE GOLD MINE RANCH HORSE BACK RIDING TOURS
Have you ever watched one of those ads on television or watch a motion picture where you saw a couple horse riding on a beach? Well now is your turn…lights, camera…giddy-up! Visit one of the most popular horse ranches in Aruba!
Okeanos Spa at the Aruba Renaissance Resort offers spa treatments to relax and renew. Try a couples massage on the private Renaissance Island…say ahhh that feels so good…and mean it (lol)!
CASINO AT THE HYATT REGENCY
Experience Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino, with luxurious pampering and exquisite touches that enhance every moment of our vacation in paradise.
NIGHT LIFE IS THE BEST LIFE…(let me qualify this by writing stay with a group of friends you know very well)
The Tattoo Party Cruise has a Dj, live music, and great food. They play all kinds of different music genres which includes disco music from the ’70s to Latin music. They sell cheap drinks which cost between $1 and $3 a drink. The Tattoo Party Cruise is a 4 hour cruise which starts at 8 p.m. and lasts until midnight. You start the night off with a buffet dinner, then you can dance on the upper of lower deck to different types of music. There is also a water slide on board, so you can make a nightly splash.
Banana Bus http://www.bananabusaruba.com
The Banana Bus is a fun and exciting bus excursion which drives you to 3 different bars. One of the bars is the famous Carlos N Charlies. The cost to ride the bus and go to the 3 bars include one drink at each of the bars. The Banana Bus picks you up at your hotel and drops you back off at the end of the night.
Blue is a bar which is located in the lobby of The Renaissance Resort. Along with serving drinks, they serve very light meals. Blue is open daily between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight. This is a great bar to go to where you can enjoy the ambiance.
HUNGER YET…I KNOW I AM; LET’S TRY SOME TRADITIONAL ARUBAN FOODS…
Aruban food is great because of its global infusion of African, Spanish, French, Dutch, Indian, and Chinese cuisine (all my favorite flavors). These traditions were brought from the many homelands of this region’s population. The gastronomy of the island is based on products such as fish and seafood cuisine which are rich, quality and cosmopolitan, where in addition to the typical gastronomy of the island, you can enjoy international cuisine.
Among the typical dishes of the island are the keshi yena, a typical dish consists of seafood (of course we are surrounded by beautiful waters) and plenty of cheese on top, the stoba Kreeft, a stew of lobster, crepes, crab meat, fried fish, fillet of puppy shark, turtle soup and the goat stew, if you want a different menu than fish or seafood. Also, bati bread, a kind of bun corn and plantains, fried bananas. Other traditional Aruban cuisine includes dishes with goat meat, stoba – stew pots filled with vegetables that are locally grown – fish and maize. These days, some of the most common ingredients in meals include beef, chicken, rice and fish. A favorite snack is known as pastechi, a pie that’s been filled with beef or cheese look out below!
Flavorful Beef Spiced Chicken
Chicken Roti (Indian flat bread) Pastechis, a popular Aruban snack (the turnover).
FYI: Aruba has a highly influenced Caribbean and Spanish cuisine, so finding their version of the empanada was easy. A pastechi is a delicious and economical snack. Very similar in style to the empanada, but with a pie like crust, the pastechi is the simplest introduction to Aruban cuisine. They remind me of our Honduran pastelitos…hmmm “Pastechis”…”Pastelitos”!
Beef Stew and Beans and Rice Funchi (is the yellow mound it is a classic dish of cornmeal porridge).
FYI: Funchi: Any food that has a strange name will often appeal to travelers, like me. Based on corn meal, this is a common dish served as an appetizer. Think of it as Aruban polenta (Polenta is coarsely or finely ground yellow or white maize (cornmeal) used as a foodstuff. It is cooked by boiling to a paste in water or a liquid such as soup stock) ; the corneal is poured and stirred into boiling water seasoned with butter and salt. It is left mushy and served into a mound; almost like a jello-like substance with a rich taste. Remember the old commercial for Malt O Meal “Hey Mikey, try it you’ll like it”…in this case or may like it! LOL)
Below is a tradition of Aruba called “Pan Bati” courtesy of GiddyUpGo
This is tasty and reminds me of flour flitters from Honduras (except for the vanilla which sweetens it)!
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup cornmeal, ground fine
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 pinch salt
- sugar, to taste
- 1 egg
- 1 3/4 cups milk
- vanilla extract, to taste
Combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl, then gradually add water until the batter is slightly thicker than pancake batter.
Turn on your pancake griddle, adding a little spray butter to prevent sticking.
Pour the batter on the griddle. When the Pan Bati is a golden color on one side, flip.
Remove from the griddle when the Pan Bati is firm and golden on both sides and keep warm until ready to serve.
Below is a typical meal from an average restaurant in Aruba…the mainstay…fresh seafood!
I hope you love cheese especially Dutch Gouda (Aruba is a Dutch colony afterall) because most of the traditional dishes are smothered with it!!!
Aruban Curry Goat Stew is “the other red meat” lol!
Traditional Aruban cuisine includes dishes with goat meat, stoba – stew pots filled with vegetables that are locally grown – fish and maize. These days, some of the most common ingredients in meals include beef, chicken, rice and fish. A favorite snack is known as pastechi, a pie that’s been filled with beef or cheese. Also, many food chains featuring international foods such as those from Italy and China have become much more popular. Many of the foods in Aruba are imported. Aruban cuisine draws from the delicacies of countries around the world, including the Netherlands, South America, Europe, the Caribbean, and even from the native people of their own island.
FYI: Aruba is home to a multicultural population that is reflected in its cuisine.
Aruba’s national dish is Filled Cheese Shells called Keshi Yena. Get the taste in your own kitchen with this recipe.
FYI: Keshi Yena: Once again, don’t be fooled by the strange name; this dish is extremely delectable. This is a popular dinner choice with a strong Dutch influence. The infamous Edam cheese is the star center of this dish; baked with either meat or seafood in a brown sauce. It was famously known on the island as a poor man’s dish used as a frugal dish during earlier times
- 1 large onion
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 cups diced cooked chicken
- 1 large tomato, peeled and chopped
- 2 dill pickles, minced
- 1 large green pepper, seeded and finely chopped
- 8 large stuffed green olives, sliced
- 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed
- 1/4 cup golden raisin
- 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup chopped cashews
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
- 1 lb gouda cheese, sliced
Melt the butter over medium heat. Then add the onions and sauté until they turn a golden brown color.
Stir in the rest of the ingredients, except for the cheese.
Butter a baking pan and line it with slices of Gouda. Then pour the chicken mixture on top, and top with the rest of the cheese slices.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, then put it under your broiler for a few minutes, just long enough to start browning the cheese.
Ajaca: Traditional food eaten during Christmas in Aruba, it is made of plantains and stuffed with chicken or beef (Photo:Mourinhospenis.tumblr.com)
Aruba. Christmas traditions around the world is there foods in my country of Honduras it is “tamales” in Aruba there are called “ajaca”. Regardless of their name what is constant is their deliciousness, wrapped in banana leaf as it was a “gift”! This is something my mother made for the holidays too!
Kesio: To end the culinary Aruban experience, one must end it in sweet temptation with a taste of Kesio, consider it the Aruban flan. This sweet dish is made from sugar, eggs, vanilla and two types of milk; a perfect delicacy served in many restaurants. Sweethearts in the romantic mood often share this delicious sweet treat in the romantic ambiance of the island spirit.
…with its strong Dutch influence we will find a variety of pastries and goodies for desserts (sweets for the sweet!).
Rum Bread Pudding has that Carribean rich flair…after which try a kiss of Soenchi‘s Aruban Cuisine.
Soenchi are basically Meringue kisses – Local recipes are frequently well-guarded secrets!
- 1 egg white
- 1 Tbs. Sugar
- A drop of red or green food coloring
Preheat oven to 250Â°F.
- Beat until stiff and dry:
- 1 egg white
Gradually stir in:
- 1 Tbs. Sugar
- A drop of red or green food coloring
Soenchi should be lightly tinted, never boldly colored. Drop by teaspoonfuls on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Place in the oven for about one hour. Permit to cool and serve at once. If neglected, soenchis absorb moisture and become sticky. After eating these you will love kisses too:)
Simple, yet delicious…bananas-sweet bananas
Banana Na Binja! Photo by GiddyUpGo food.com (basically Plantains and brown sugar, butter, port wine and cinnamon).
CHEERS (English)…SALUD (Spanish)…SANTÉ /A LA VOTRE (French)…SALUTE /CIN CIN (Italian)…PROOST (Dutch)…NA ZDROWIE (Polish)…SKÁL (Islandic)…SEI GESUND (Yiddish)…ΥΓΕΙΑ (Greek)…Å’KÅLÈ MA’LUNA (Hawaiian)…GESONDHEID (Afrikaans)…干杯 /GāN BēI (Chinese [Mandarin])…MABUHAY (Filipino/Tagalog)..לחיים/L’CHAIM (Hebrew)…
As for the typical drink, it is necessary to emphasize the Aruba Ariba cocktail consisting of tequila, banana cream, triple sec, rum, vodka, lemon juice, orange, pineapple, Grenadines and cherry. But remember my motto: Drink but not until you stink (lol)!
FYI: The Apostle Paul says drunkenness originates from one’s sinful nature (Galatians 5:21). He says Christians are not to be drunk with wine, but rather be “filled with the Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).
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…there are many local drinks that are refreshing and can be served sans the alcohol…yes a”virgin”!
FYI: sans:[sanz; Fr. sahn] French word for “without”.
TIP: non-alcoholic beverage (also known as a virgin drink) is defined in the U.S. as a beverage that contains less than 0.5% alcohol by volume.
However before you leave all nice and tanned try a Brown Lady…much like the Pilot! (lol)!! Interestingly, Aruba’s legal drinking age is 18!
- 1 oz (2 Tbsp.) Vodka
- 1 oz (2 Tbsp.) Baileys Irish Cream
- 1 oz (2 Tbsp.) Ponche Crema
- 1 oz (2 Tbsp.) Kahlua
- 2 oz (4 Tbsp.) Coconut Cream
Combine all ingredients in blender with a 12 oz. cup of ice and blend till it becomes a cream and serve.
The traditional clothing in Aruba is not to be worn but to be viewed and awed (unless you have the body for it and then you are stilled awed by the Pilot)!
Aruba’s Miss Universe 2011 National Costumes (Left Photo)…However, we shall dance the dance the dance of the Folks Dancers…so let’s join in to the numerous festivals, celebrations and parties!
TIPS OF THE DAY AND INTERESTING SIDE NOTES
1. Drinking Water: Aruba’s water meets the highest quality standards of the World Health Organization and is distilled in the world’s second largest desalination plant.
2. Your cell phone will work There but check on roaming charges. Contact your local service provider before traveling to Aruba.
3. To change florins to US dollars, divide florin amount in half and add 10%. This formula will be especially useful when shopping in supermarkets.
4. Drinking age is 18. Gambling age is 18. Identification may be requested in both cases.
5. Prescriptions – Be sure to bring all your prescription medicine with you. Foreign prescriptions cannot be filled in Aruba. It will be necessary to make an appointment with a house doctor who can provide you with a local prescription for your medicine or an equivalent, if not available here.
6. Average temperature year-round is in the mid-80s Fahrenheit (about 30 degrees Centigrade). It is a good idea to bring a sweater or sports jacket for breezy evenings and air-conditioning.
7. There is daily bus service all along the hotel strip. Fare is US $ 1.50 / one day or $ 2.30 / round-trip.
8. Passports is required of U.S. and Canadian citizens. A departure tax of $34,25
per person is imposed upon departure.
BEST TIP: One -If you can, fly to Aruba mid-week and leave mid-week. Weekends are peak travel times so flights are more difficult to get, and they are more expensive. Also, the airport in Aruba – while very modern – is not large and gets crowded pretty quickly. If you fly there for example on a Wednesday and leave on a Wednesday the crowds will be far fewer and you’ll definitely have a more relaxed time coming to and leaving Aruba. You also might save some money on your airline tickets.
Rise up let’s go!