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LOCALSaturday 25 June 2016

    Real Island Life: Notes From A Day On Aruba!

PALM BEACH - First of all, I      have left behind to person-
like to welcome you to my         alize the bar, like baseball
island in the sun. Aruba’s        caps, business cards, li-
weather is always so pre-         cense plates and of course
dictable (hot and windy)          weird kind of souvenirs. Go
and that might be the main        check it out yourself.....
reason you decided to             Up to Baby Beach and
come visit us. Of course be-      Rogers beach. These are
sides the sun there is much       the places locals go. This
more like: beaches, res-          is where we teach our kids
taurants, shopping, gam-          to swim. Calm and shallow
bling, activities and more.       waters, lots of space to lie
Talking about all those           out and catch some sun.
fun things to do here, if         If you pick a spot close to
you live on the island full       the Snack Container where
time, and work every day,         they sell burger and re-
you might forget that we          freshments you can enjoy
truly live in a paradise.         24-7 “golden oldies”. Music
Of course on your off day         you grew up with...... After
you might go swimming or          a few hours of “vegging”
drive around but it is after      on the beach staring at
a few more days at home           the turquoise ocean and
when you start realizing how      listening to the birds that
beautiful our island really is.   fly by and walk around it
So I took some time to “smell     is time to get some food.
the ocean breeze”......           Zeerovers in Savaneta is
I truly think that all locals     the place to go. Simple,
should do so, once in a           clean and oh so good! The
while, to appreciate where        freshest fish on the island,
we live and what we have.�        brought in directly by our
Enjoy breakfast outside in        local fisherman. You order
your patio or yard. Breathe       by the piece and or pound
in and out.... Let it sink in     and as little or as much as
a little. No rush and no          you want. The price for fish
hurry. Take time to enjoy         and chips is so good that
your fresh squeezed lemon         you for sure would ask: “is
juice from your backyard          that all”? No fancy dinner
trees with a fish omelet (left    ware, just plain easy simple
over’s from last night’s in-      plastic but I promise you
credible catch of the day).       that you will be licking your
Grab an ice cooler, fill it up    fingers while enjoying a few
with anything you like to         drinks and the best sunset on
drink cold, and start driv-       the island, island style........
ing. Of course you can get        You see now that a day
in an air-conditioned car,        in Aruba can fly by as
but also nice for the ex-         long as you have fun en-
perience are the open-air         joy every moment of it.
jeeps. In that case all you       Yes, you are in PARADISE!!!q
need is to protect yourself
with sun block because our
sun is really strong-I recom-
mend Aruba Aloe brand!
Packed with a towel and
the ice cooler I started driv-
ing along the coast line.
Never realized how many
different shades of blue
really exist in the ocean. I
counted at least 9 differ-
ent types of blues-just like
you see in famous mov-
ies like the “blue lagoon”.
First stop was the famous
Charlie’s Bar in San Nico-
laas Main Street. Genera-
tion after generation of
Charlie’s have been run-
ning this cozy place, where
you can spend hours look-
ing around and identifying
all the things visiting tourists
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