As you may have realized by now, I’m back to reality. I’m not saying that I’m here in mind… or happy about it… but I am physically back to the daily grind and non-caribbean weather. Scott and I took a little hiatus and spent a few days down in Aruba. We had a complete blast and managed to not get sunburned (thanks to my insisting that we re-apply every 30 minutes… gotta love that pale skin), but were a bit surprised at what Aruba was actually like in real life. Where can you have stunning views like this:
a desolate, dessert scape with homeless donkeys roaming the cactus filled terrain:
and rugged coral-covered cliffs with 50 foot waves bursting from the tumultuous sea?
Aruba, apparently. We were expecting a lush, tropical paradise, but were pleasantly surprised with the odd combo of landscapes that Aruba had to offer. We got to enjoy the pristine, white sandy beaches from our hotel and a few other secluded beaches, the expanse of cactus filled desserts, and the remnants of an underwater island with coral beaches and caves. Wild, huh? We took this trip with our good friends here in Charlotte and really enjoyed the chance to have some travel buddies. We wine, dined, and met the coolest bellman in the history of all bellmen, Frank the Bellman. He not only took us under his wing during our trip, but hooked us up with free wine at meals, a ride on his friends boat and a private “locals” tour of the island. Can’t ask for much more than a private chauffeur, can you? We met tons of friendly locals and vacationers from Boston (Boston peeps really love Aruba), enjoyed some great seafood and got some much needed R&R. Good times. :)