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Published: September 19th 2021
Well, we are here!
Up at 3 am Saturday of course but it was amazingly clear sailing all the way: from making every green light in Streetsboro to sailing thru the convoluted paperwork for Covid testing – it turned out that all those papers we printed out – just in case – all ended up only needing the big green check mark. Some people just showed it on their phones.
The flights were fine, and we spoiled ourselves by splitting a crab omelette at OBrycki’s at the airport in B’mo. We were sitting on the wrong side of the plane to take photos of Aruba as we arrived, but we could see the water was just as miraculously blue and turquoise as ever
We got our Carvenience car just fine, and ended up here at La Cabana around 3, but they let us check in early for our partial ocean view studio room way over on the right wing, third floor. So just one chair on the lanai can see the ocean, the other sees a NEW 10 story! hotel not quite finished behind the Amsterdam Manor and the 2 storied block of condos to the west of
the old Aruban, now called the Eagle Aruba or something like that.
The old wristbands are now cute little rubbery “watches” that the locked doors can scan – improvement! No changes in La Cabana that we can tell so far, but then we just grabbed the pool towels and raced off to snorkel at Boca Catalina for just over an hour. Heaven!!! Because it was a Saturday the locals had a few boats out there – like 3-4? --And there were some cute families bobbing around at the entrance – but we’re talking only about 15 people total.
Seabob was just wrapping up a tour. 3 boats in that area where the snorkeling boats usually moor to snorkel, but we were the only snorkelers. Because of the one boat we had to kick more than the 100 to see our first turtle! I saw 3, David only the one, which he photographed well and stuck to like glue. For those who have been here since they put up those markers where boats cannot come into, they are gone.
We were welcomed in the water by many friendly fish that like the sandy areas: Queen Triggerfish, Goat fish
changing into their late afternoon colors, French angelfish, a triplet of those cute trunk fish shaped like purses, the usual culprits, and 2 nice sharp-tailed eels.
We zipped back to shower and change and go shop at Superfoods, but the café next to it had already put away their take-away stuff, so we ended up with cheesy omelettes and the wonderful Puro coffee lattes sold at Superfoods I’m keen to buy the Smit & Dorlas grounds to bring home, but those lattes sure are yummy.
How David managed to stay awake until 10, I have no idea – I died by 9:30!
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