GPOYW + 1 day: This-Is-Where-I-Want-To-Be-Right-Now Edition
I never actually blogged about Aruba in words, so here some fun facts about my trip (more for my record, than anything else):
- Despite what the photos show, I didn’t go alone, I’m not that cool (yet), I went with a really good friend, who I refer to as, Trophy Friend. It was our 3rd year going away just the two of us, and as always, it was fabulousness. We have great plans of going away to pretty places until we’re great-grand-ma-mas.
- For those who asked, we stayed at the Holiday Inn resort. It was the cheapest resort on Palm beach, the main beach. I *would* recommend it, but be warned kids 11 and under stay/eat for free, which means it’s a VERY family resort. The beach was beautiful, the food was delicious (see scale for proof), and the room had a gorgeous beach/sunset view.
- I went snorkeling! It was my first time ever, and quite frankly, I had never had any desire to go, because fish are DISGUSTING. Why anyone would want to swim with them, and then feed them is beyond me. They’re terrifiying and scale-y and have huge potential to get stuck in my hair. BUT, I sucked up my fears, and went, and it was SUPER cool. The fishies were super bright, and the water was a stunning blue. I still, however, had moments where I freaked out and splashed around viciously in an attempt to make the fish leave me alone, but overall it was amazing and something I thought I’d never do (see me standing on the beach in Hawaii waving to my family snorkeling, because I hate fish that much). Ps I have no problems with sharks. Huh.
- I didn’t have stomach issues on this trip (TMI? Maybe, but Aruba: 1, Cuba: 0, Dominican: 0), but… I got a crazy-ass weird eye infection and a heat rash on my legs, because the sun burnt me down to my bones. So yup, those things were not fun.
- Aruba is TINY (33k by 12k), so instead of doing a set tour, we rented a car and road tripped the entire island. This was one of the best days of my life. We took a tiny car, off roading and are SO LUCKY we didn’t get stuck in the desert of Aruba’s coast. We ventured to the north, east, south and west. And explored beautiful churches, and picture perfect beaches. I saw one of the most beautiful beaches of my life, and realized (the hard way) what a blessing shade is.
Overall, my favourite beach trip so far; very relaxing, beautiful, and warm. Oh, how I love the hot, hot sun!