One Happy Podcast (general)
We are back with the second installment of This Week in Aruba, your guide to all activities happening in the island. This episode of the show will cover the events from Monday, January 29th to Sunday, February 4th.
 
First of all thank you so much for all the feedback you guys have given on the pilot episode. I really do appreciate all the suggestions. I will actually incorporate one of the suggestions on this episode which is to include a shortened form of an interview with a guest. I will try to incorporate all of the suggestions that were sent in over the course of time as the show grows and gains more footing.
 
Two big events dominate the schedule for this week, which are Carnival and Superbowl:
 
Jouvert Morning Pajama Parade
When: 3 February, 4:00 am - 9:00 am
Where: San Nicolas
 
Aruba's Grand Lighting Parade
When: 3 February 2018 / 8:00 pm - 2:00 am
Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino (Oranjestad, Aruba)
 
Aruba's favorite parade is a visual treat. Thousands of tiny lights are incorporated into costumes, road pieces and floats, intensifying the dramatic effect to an already stunning, creative display. Be part of the fun with an exclusive view from our pool deck. #Aruba #RenAruba #RDiscovery#BusinessUnusual #Carnival
 
Superbowl 2018 LIVE at MooMba Beach
When: 4 February 2018 / 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Where: Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)
 
MooMba Beach is ready for Superbowl 2018! Are you ready for the biggest game of the year? Slowly but surely the Superbowl Mania is starting to get its grip on Aruba. Hearts are starting to beat just a little bit faster, expectations are running a bit higher as the excitement keeps building. On the island there are several great location to watch this Game of Games, but there is one standing out: MooMba Beach, `the Aruban home for the Superbowl’. With a beach stadium, giant, mega and big screens all over the place and specials on food and drinks, the 400-plus spectators at MooMba are sure to enjoy the 52nd edition of this extraordinary event, which is held in the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
 
At MooMba guests can choose between make their reservations for VIP tables with a dedicated waiter and bottle service or sitting in the stadium on the beach on February 4th. Starting at 6.30 pm the place will be filling up; inside the restaurant there will be big screens, so you can have dinner at MooMba while watching the action.... 
 
Super Bowl Xtravaganza 2018
When: 4 February 2018 / 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Where: Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino (J.E. Irausquin Boulevard # 85, Palm Beach, Aruba)
 
Kick back at kick off and watch the game on an 24 ft screen ascending from the surface of the ocean. View the game in the comfort of one of our lounge chairs or have a seat at one of our select beach tables. 
 
Feel like you’re at the game with a special Super Bowl themed menu.
 
For more information please call 523.4574 or email criselda.pinto@hyatt.com
 
 
 
On another note, I have included a recording from a listener and previous guest Volcano David (from EP. 48) that I received when I put up One Happy Podcast's hotline number on thr question of the week in our social media sites, asking "who do you think will win the Superbowl?" I have also included my own predictions if anyone is interested.
 
 
Another activity that caused my ears to perk up is:
 
Blue Moon Barbecue
When: 31 January 2018 / 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Where: Tortuga Beach Bar (Boca grandi, N/A Sint Nicolaas, Aruba)
 
Join us on another one of our famous Full Moon BBQ sessions. Mixed grill platters go for $10. 
 
 
 
Now for the interview with Aruba Ray who is back to discuss the upcoming shows of Aruba Ray Comedy from February 6th to March 29th. As an introduction, we talk about the Superbowl because we are both fans then we delve into the details for the comedy shows including the amazing line-up, ticketing, other perks, amenities of the Marriott and Stellaris casino, and their sponsor, Hertz.
 
You can check out the website arubacomedy.com for more information regarding the shows. As an aside, we chat about the best ceviches in the island and the Acai bowls at Eduardo's Beach Shack. If anyone wants to add Aruba Ray on social media, his Instagram handle is @raycomedy and you can also find him on Facebook as RayEllin.
 
 
Lastly, here are the cruise ship schedules which you may find useful.
Direct download: This_Week_in_Aruba_-_29_January_to_4_February.mp3
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I am happy to launch a brand new segment of One Happy Podcast, This Week in Aruba, a work-in-progress weekly show meant to spotlight what's happening in Aruba like events and activities to keep you in the loop. This show will come out at the early part of the week to help you plan out your weekly schedule in Aruba. 
 
So what happened to One Happy Podcast, you may ask? Don't worry. It's not going anywhere. While One Happy Podcast is an interview show, while This Week in Aruba is more of an informative show.
 
Feedback is always welcome! Do let me know what you want to hear in the broadcast. You can always hit me up on social media platforms if we interact there or if you prefer email, do message me on curt@onehappypodcast.com. Check this out though, we're stepping it up a notch by opening up a dedicated hotline number for One Happy Podcast. Ring us anytime to leave a message: (302) 635-0815
 
 
Here are the following events and activities in Aruba from 23 - 28 January 2018:
 
 
Aruba Carnival
 
This Week's Highlights:
- Carnival Queen and Mrs. Elections
When: 26 January (7 pm to midnight)
- Children's Parade at Noord
When: 27 January (starts at 2pm)
 
 
Betico Croes Day
When: 25 January 2018 (whole day)
 
 
Dia di Betico
When: 25 January / 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Historical Museum of Aruba (Oranjestad, Aruba)
Hosted by: Museo Historico Aruba: Fort Zoutman & Willem III Toren
 
 
Fleamarket "Betico Croes Day" Rococo Plaza
When: 25 January / 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: Rococo Plaza Outlet (Tanki Leendert Rococo Plaza road 4a, 000000 Oranjestad, Aruba)
 
Rococo Plaza pays tribute to Aruba's greatest statesman who would have been 80 years on this B-Day by celebrating the national holiday called "Betico Croes Day". Space Rental to sell on your table clothor to put your table or tent  ONLY.  Everyone is welcome to celebrate this with us as long as you can find your spot. Info call Nancy â˜Žï¸ 741-5640
Antique shops are also open this day with specials from 9-2.
 
 
Betico Day Brunch
When: 25 January / 12:00 nn – 3:30 pm
Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino (Oranjestad, Aruba)
Hosted by: Aquarius and Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
 
Join us for a special 'BETICO DAY BRUNCH' with a local touch!
 
On this national holiday, you'll experience some true local flavors to celebrate this special day on the island. 
 
Brunch will be $32.95 per person excluding 15% service charge. Children between 5 - 12yrs pays half price. 
 
For more information or reservation, please call Aquarius at 5236156. *Reservation is required.
 
 
Betico Day at Sweet Peppers!
When: 25 January / 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Where: Sweet Peppers Restaurant & BAR (382-A, 00000 Paseo Herencia Mall, Aruba)
 
Why do we celebrate a holiday called #BeticoDay? It was Gilberto Francois “Betico” Croes who put Aruba on the path to becoming an autonomous commonwealth within the Kingdom of the Netherlands! Come raise a glass to him at Sweet Peppers Restaurant & BAR on his birthday, 25 January! Locals can enjoy a 20% discount with their ID Card and visiting tourists get a #FreeGlassOfWine when they book their reservation online! We open daily at 5PM for dinner. Call us at +297 5860740 to make a reservation. http://sweetpeppersaruba.restaurant/
 
 
Dinner Under The Stars at Renaissance Private Island
When: 24 January / 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino (Oranjestad, Aruba)
 
Take a boat trip to Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino's Private Island and let your taste buds travel to paradise...
 
Enjoy our new menu consisting of suculent Herb Crusted New Zealand Lamb Chops or locally caught Snapper, while your toes get pampered in our white secluded sand. 
 
Our private dinner setting includes a welcome cocktail at former Carpe Diem Restaurant (across the Renaissance | Mall & Marketplace), boat trip to Renaissance Private Island, dinner on the beach and live entertianment for only $65 per person. Children from 5 to 12 yrs pay $32.50. 
 
For more information or reservation, please contact one of our navigators at 5236115 #Dinner #Sip #Savor #Beach #Stars #Romantic
 
 
Wine & Movie Night "Pick a Movie"
When: 25 January / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Where: The Wine Room (L.G. Smith Blvd #126 Suite #1, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)
 
A Wine & Movie night where you pick the movie, the majority votes on a movie wins!
 
Complimentary glass of wine!
 
Pick out one of the following movie:
 
The most votes will be the movie of the night!
- Non-Stop
- The Tourist
- The November Man
 
 
Viva La France: a 4-course culinary French dinner menu
When: 26 January and 27 January / 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Where: Hadicurari Aruba (Beach side between Marriott Ocean Club and Moomba Beach)
 
Welcome to Culinary Secrets by Hadicurari! 
 
New chef Nando of Hadicurari Restaurant is filled with enthusiasm for the upcoming Hadicurari Culinary Secrets, a monthly adventurous trip of the palate. For January he has decided to go French, but with a quirky twist. On January 26 and 27 guests will be able to taste his creations from 5 – 11 pm. Of course, the regular menu will be available on those dates as well – the Secrets are just an added extravaganza for gourmands. Reservations are required, so please call 583-6377. The wine flight is carefully selected by Pepia Est’s sommelier Raymond Kok and the team of Hadicurari.
 
 
Oysters & Sauvignon Blancs
When: 27 January / 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Aqua Grill (Palm Beach, Aruba)
Hosted by: The Art of Wines Import
 
A harmonious event featuring the pairing of Taonga Sauvignon blanc from New Zeeland & Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc from New Zeeland matched with fresh Oysters.
 
There will be 5 types of Oysters to try, all with different textures and taste & flavor.
 
There will be also a small presentation on Oysters and pairing.
 
There will be special prices on Oysters for the ones who would like to sample more.
 
Experience $65
 
 
Owl on driftwood by Maja Lepsanovic
When: 27 January / 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Where: Cosecha San Nicolas (Zeppenfeldstraat, Sint Nicolaas, Aruba)
 
Maja Lepsanovic invites you for an Owl on Driftwood workshop to start your creative year. Learn how to apply clay
details and further design your own unique owl with acrylic paint.
 
Price: AFL. 65,00 incl. material and refreshment.
 
Workshop for adults 18+
 
Sign up at arubacosechasn@gmail.com or stop by personally at our shops.
 
 
 
If there's an event that you want me to add to the program, just contact me with the information provided above.
 
Now aside from events and activities, I'll share the Aruba cruise ships schedules. As you know, with the swell in population with tourists coming from flights and cruises, this might help you plan your day a little bit better.
 
 
 
* information may vary and is subject to change at the time of printing
 
In the future, I may spotlight an excursion or restaurant each week. So please do let me know what you think!
Direct download: This_Week_in_Aruba_-_23_to_28_January_2018.mp3
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Joining us on this episode of One Happy Podcast are Debbie and Hank Ecker — longtime Aruba lovers who have been visiting the island for almost 8 years — to share their Aruba story. I had the pleasure of meeting Hank down on the island so we got connected and here we are.

Debbie and Hank are from Pittsburgh, my hometown, so that makes our connection special. But what's even more special is how we talk about the couple's love for Aruba, their favorite place (mine too!)

Debbie and Hank first visited Aruba when it was recommended to them by a travel agent. They wanted to try a new island after visiting so many other islands in the Caribbean and various places. When they got to try the wonders of One Happy Island, they've never stopped returning year after year.

Debbie and Hank are experts when it comes to trying out different hotels in Aruba. They've tried all sorts of places to stay, including both the high-rise and low-rise areas. So they're also here to give a different perspective compared to tourists who have only stayed in one or two places.

We discuss their favorite restaurants in the island, specifics of Playa Linda, and favorite activities or excursions to do on the island.

It's going to be a fun ride with Debbie and Hank, so hop on in!

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:
- Learn what Debbie and Hank think about the differences between high-rise and low-rise hotels
- Find out the difference between a palapa and a "chickee"
- Discover a "hidden gem" of a restaurant in Aruba and why Debbie and Hank loves it so much
- Hear how Debbie and Hank almost never pay for flights to Aruba using their credit card system
- Discover a unique brand of swimsuits for women that hasn't made its way to the States yet
- Find out what a Tahiti raft is

HOTELS, ESTABLISHMENTS, RESTAURANTS, AND BRANDS MENTIONED:

Direct download: EP104_-_Aruba_Happy_Hours_with_Debbie_and_Hank_Ecker.mp3
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Fresh off an amazing Aruba vacation, Phil Ridolfi, an avid Aruba lover, and listener of One Happy Podcast is the latest guest on the show. Just 6 days back from Aruba we talk about Phil' s journey from a cruise ship visitor to ending up as a timeshare owner on the island.

On their first visit to the island (via cruise ship), Phil and his wife Kaye were already longtime Marriott customers, which prompted them to stop by the Aruba Marriott Surf Club, to see what they thought of the property. Along the way, they fell in love with the island.

This is the first time Phil has been able to spend November on the island, and we discuss some of the differences he noticed, such as the weather being different than usual. Slightly cooler, not much sun, and more humid but still perfect. Well, of course, you should expect nothing less from Aruba! Phil and I both agree there is nothing better than spending time in your favorite place to decompress and that's exactly what they did.

We also discuss the Marriott's Aruba Surf Club in which Phil's family stays at in the island. The rooms are nice and spacious. It works perfectly for them with a full kitchen, laundry, and generous space. The property is cool as well with great pools, a lazy river, and of course a beautiful Aruban beach.

As always, the interview is not complete without asking Phil's favorite restaurants and excursions, among which he talks about his number one restaurant in the island where the guests can dine with their feet in the water. Any idea what this is? Listen to find out.

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:


- Find out if Phil has ever seen the ever elusive green flash you're supposed to see in an Aruban sunset just as the sun jumps into the ocean.
- Hear why there needs to be a food tour in Aruba, similar to Kukoo Kunuku but with food.
- Hear stories of how Phil meets interesting people during excursions.
- Hear a funny story of their visit to Phillip's Animal Garden

 

 
Direct download: EP103_-_Phil_Ridolfi_from_Aruba_cruise_ship_visitor_to_timeshare_owner.mp3
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On the last episode, we heard from Tammy and Jay Zuschlag about what it's like to move to Aruba and start a business. On this episode, we'll get to hear insights from their kids, Maddie and Morgan.

Making the move from America to Aruba wasn't easy for Maddie and Morgan. They had to move away from the life they've known as well as be away from all their friends and relatives. But they're here to say that everything has been worth it.

The girls talk about what the adjustment period like when they first moved and how they go about keeping up with their studies while on the island. We also discuss their favorite Aruba activities such as exploring the rough side of Aruba.

Maddie and Morgan help out on the family business, Full Throttle Tours, when it comes to guiding and serving guests and managing social media. They also give us an idea of what to expect on the tour. Basically, they fill in any blanks that may have been missed by Tammy and Jay on episode 101 of One Happy Podcast.

Full Throttle Tours can be booked online via www.fullthrottletoursaruba.com or Facebook (Full Throttle Tours Aruba). The 2 and a half hours journey filled with thrills and fun. Snorkel gear, cold refreshments (the rum punch is a must try!), and snacks are fully provided. It's a fun and safe experience that everyone should totally try. This excursion is also available for private group rental.

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:
- Hear about some reservations the girls had about making the move.
- Find out what's the best thing to eat to get the salty taste out of your mouth after snorkeling.
- Hear cool stories about unique things seen at sea.
- Learn about the favorite restaurants of these nuevo locals

RESTAURANTS MENTIONED:
- Alfie's in Aruba
- Linda's Dutch Pancakes
- Pizza and More
- Baby Back Grill
- Chili's

Direct download: Episode_102_-_Full_Throttle_Tours_-_Maddie_and_Morgan_Zuschlag.mp3
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Are you familiar with Full Throttle Tours in Aruba? Whether you are or not, come tune in to this episode of One Happy Podcast to hear more from the couple behind it, Tammy and Jay Zuschlag.

Tammy and Jay have been residents of Aruba for a while now. They've planned to move to an island since long ago. While plans to move to other places like Belize and Barbados fell apart, everything just fell into place with Aruba and thus the whole family is now happily residing in the Happy Island where they started their business.

We find out about how long was the transition phase of fully integrating to the island. This information should definitely be considered as valuable to those planning or dreaming to one day do the same. We also talk about the reason why they decided to start the business, the reason they chose to start a boating and snorkeling business, how they went about getting a boat, and what it was like to take it for that first spin.

Some of the most interesting things we discussed are their thoughts on what are the easiest and most difficult parts of the process of starting up the Full Throttle Tours Aruba.

So what sets Full Throttle Tours Aruba apart from the rest? Well, on Full Throttle Tours you get to experience drift snorkeling at the Arashi Reef. For those not familiar, drift snorkeling involves floating along the current with the boat following you, which is a unique way to observe the underwater life. What really sets Full Throttle Tours apart is the thrill ride you get to experience all the way to Mangel Halto where you can then snorkel around a sunken ship and a gorgeous reef.

Full Throttle Tours can be booked online via www.fullthrottletoursaruba.com or Facebook (Full Throttle Tours Aruba). This is a unique 2 and a half hour journey filled with thrills and fun. Snorkel gear, snacks and cold refreshments (the rum punch is a must try!) are fully provided. It's a fun and safe experience that everyone should most definitely try.

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:
- Hear a story about a family packing up and relocating to Aruba
- Gain valuable tips and information if you have plans to move and start a business there.
- Know how it's like to start a business in Aruba.
- Be absolutely convinced to go on a Full Throttle Tour!

RESTAURANTS AND PLACES MENTIONED:
- Alfie's in Aruba
- Full Throttle Tours Aruba 
- Renaissance Island

Direct download: Episode_101_-_Full_Throttle_Tours_-_Tammy_and_Jay_Zuschlag.mp3
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Let's get the show going for One Happy Podcast's long-awaited 100th episode, where we turn the tables by having a good friend and guest, Louis Johnson, interview me this time around in what we dub as the "Aruba Curt Special".

 

Louis is actually the guy who inspired me to continue on with this podcast when I was just starting out, so it really is meaningful to have him be with me in this special milestone of an episode.

 

In here, I get asked a bunch of questions about the podcast and myself including what made me decide to a podcast, how do I find guests, and do I have a certain criteria for choosing them. I also relay my Aruba story, and it may come as a surprise to you all that it wasn't love at first sight with the island for me at all.

 

We also talk about my first impression upon seeing the gorgeous sunsets in Aruba, know where me and Maggie usually stay in the island, our favorite restaurants, the excursions I like to go to, and recommendations.

 

One important point in our discussion is how do I convince people to go to Aruba. Among the reasons listed: Aruba is below the hurricane belt, there are direct flights coming from the USA, everyone speaks English in the island, American money is accepted, no one haggles you about anything, and the crime rate is very low.

 

Of course, a One Happy Podcast interview is not complete without the "Eye of the Hurricane", and in addition to that, Louis threw me a curve-ball in the form of a new segment called the "Millionaire's Dream Package". Tune in to find out what that is!

 

The interview ends on a positive note with Louis asking me what my plans are for One Happy Podcast going forward and him offering valuable suggestions.

 

I would also like to take this time to thank each and every one of you dear listeners who stuck with One Happy Podcast all this time. It has been an amazing journey. Here's to a hundred more episodes ahead!

 

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:

 

- Hear why I decided to start One Happy Podcast

- Hear why I still get nervous before every show

- Have an idea of who would be my ideal guest in a podcast

- Hear about Cheryl Talcof, the woman who encouraged me to go Aruba skydiving

- Hear a great story about an Aruba kindness done to Louis, and paying it forward

 

SERVICES AND RESTAURANTS MENTIONED:

Quinta del Carmen

Yemanja Woodfire Grill

Skydive Aruba

Aruba Ray Comedy

Kukoo Kunuku Bus

CheapAir

Direct download: EP100_-_Aruba_Curts_Aruba_Story.mp3
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Strap yourselves in for a holiday season full of raucous laughter as master comedian "Aruba" Ray Ellin joins us once again to discuss the return of Aruba Ray Comedy to One Happy Island this coming 12th of November to the 20th of December.

 

He is truly one of the most passionate Aruba fanatics I've ever met, and soon he'll back to Aruba with his merry gang of excellent comedians to make the entire island laugh.

 

I sure wish I could be down there at the same time. In case you're not familiar, Aruba can get slow around the evenings without a lot of entertainment options to choose from; and no doubt Aruba Ray Comedy is the best nighttime entertainment activity that you can get in the island. I've watched the shows multiple times and every single one of them had been hilarious.

 

Ray and I talk about the comedians that will join him. A lot of them will be first-timers in Aruba so it's bound to be exciting! He's positive that this might end up being the best line-up in the history of Aruba Ray's Comedy. The top-notch comedians are as follows:

 

  • Des Bishop
  • Mia Jackson
  • Don Gavin
  • Tony Woods
  • Anthony DeVito
  • Robert Kelly
  • Tom Cotter
  • Kerri Louise
  • Eric Neumann
  • Christine Hurley
  • Tony V.
  • Pete Lee
  • Joey Vega
  • Brian Scott McFadden

 

For more information about the line-up and shows, you can visit www.arubacomedy.com. It is encouraged for interested persons to purchase tickets online because it's more guaranteed and can save money. As an added perk, there will be a raffle after the show for a few lucky ticket holders.

 

If by some chance you will have to give the upcoming shows a miss due to lack of opportunities in heading down the island (like me), don't worry! Aruba Ray Comedy does a series of shows for about 3 times a year so make sure to drop by in Aruba during one. One Happy Podcast and "Aruba" Ray Ellin himself will keep you posted for any updates.

 

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:

- Learn why Aruba Ray Comedy is encouraged as an adult-only event; however, children are allowed on the parents' own volition

- Hear about Ray's experience at George Clooney's Halloween party

- Hear about Ray's performance at The Carney Awards in front of big time actors like William H. Macy

 

ESTABLISHMENTS AND RESTAURANTS MENTIONED

Direct download: EP99_-_Aruba_Rays_Comedy_Winter_2017.mp3
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So here we are to finish out the last part of our play-by-play October 2017 Aruba Trip Report. At the end of episode 3, we were hanging out at Arashi beach enjoying the sunset but now we're in our living room back in Delaware, where it's a far cry from the nice and sunny weather in One Happy Island.

 

The last time we left off, it was Thursday around dusk. We went for dinner at Twist of Flavors, which was fantastic. We thought we would get food from the Eat Local Restaurant Month menu, but we just got what's in the regular menu because honestly, everything sounded great. Twist of Flavors was really nice. It's a small place but it has good service and tasteful décor.

 

Later on we headed home to unwind and play a game called Chill Out. It's basically a card game with a bunch of peppers on top. The goal is to get rid of your set of cards before anyone else. Maggie personally loves to play games with family, and we really enjoyed this one especially since we turn every game into a drinking game.

 

Friday morning, we woke up early to go to Mangel Halto. It was our first time there. Unfortunately Maggie and I didn't get to snorkel because we forgot to bring our snorkeling gear, but we did enjoy the scenery a lot.

 

Afterwards we found ourselves in one of our favorite spots in the island which we personally call Eagle Beach Adjacent. It's a little clearing between Oceania and Screaming Eagle that no one really goes to. There, we witnessed a lovely little wedding.

 

Following the wedding is our little detour to the Arubian Taste Rum Shop. You can sample more than a hundred different flavors of rum there. Every time we go, they seem to have a brand new flavor for us to try.

 

We had Alfie's for dinner that night. During our last trip to Aruba back in July, we didn't get to have poutine on Canada Day because they ran out, so we made sure we would get some this time and boy, it did not disappoint! It was as delicious as we remembered it to be.

 

As we got closer to the end of our trip, we made it a point to get up earlier so come Saturday morning, we were already at Palm Beach before 8 a.m. and didn't leave until around 5:30 in the evening. The rest of the day was spent with me meeting up with a new friend named Louie, and dinner at Quinta del Carmen's with our favorite waiter, Wilmer. He always takes care of us well whenever we go there. We ended the day on a pleasant note by playing Chill Out again. For us, playing cards with the family is a good way to unwind and look back on the events of the day.

 

Sunday was our last full day in the island so we got up early again and chose Eagle Beach Adjacent as our destination. We had about 3 and a half hours of perfect Aruba weather until it started pouring, so we got out to get pizza at a new place in Alhambra's called Hungry Piranha. It was alright; you can't really get amazing pizza in the island anyway to be honest. We went back to the beach for about 15 minutes until the rain started again so we just gave up, drove around, explored the island for the remaining hours. Dinner was spent on Chicken and Lobster which was pretty decent; funnily enough we didn't get chicken or lobster even though it's the namesake of the restaurant. The best thing about the place is the service, no doubt.

 

Come Monday morning, we had to deal with the sadness of parting with Aruba yet again. We headed over to Eduardo's for some snacks and Eagle Beach Adjacent for the last time to relax then straight home to finish packing before going to the airport. We had a little bit of a delay upon returning the rental car but everything turned out alright in the end. The flight back to the States was uneventful, just how we like it, and we arrived safely home around 7 in the evening.

 

That marks the end of our 4-part October trip series. All in all, it was a great trip and we can't wait to do it again. We hope you enjoyed the ride along with us. Whenever you feel like getting a dose of Aruba sunshine, just tune in to One Happy Podcast's numerous episodes, close your eyes, and imagine you're in Aruba.

 

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:

- Hear a few more restaurant reviews including a couple of new (for us) places

- Hear about Maggie's experience with fresh aloe

- Hear about an awesome wedding experience we stumbled onto

- Find out what we did during our first ever Aruba rainout

 

RESTAURANTS AND ESTABLISHMENTS MENTIONED:

Twist of Flavors

Quinta del Carmen

Chicken and Lobster

Oceania

Screaming Eagle

The Arubian Taste Liqueur and Rum Shop

Hungry Piranha

Urataka's

Eduardo's

Bananas Apartments

L.G. Smith

Direct download: Episode_98_D_-_Part_4_of_October_2017_Aruba_Trip_Report.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:17am EDT

I'm back with Maggie to catch you guys up for the 3rd part of our October trip report. Right now we're at Arashi beach on location to recount what happened after where we left off last time.

 

So the 1st part was all about arrival day which was Sunday, followed by the 2nd day which was Monday, and now we are going to talk about TuesdayWednesday, and Thursday.

 

At the end of the 2nd part, I was preparing to go to One Happy Podcast's 3rd Anniversary Party over at Legends Pub. First of all, I sincerely want to thank everyone who came. The party was great and we had a really nice time. Around 70 people turned up, or maybe closer too 100 at some point. It exceeded all my expectations so I have nothing but gratitude for everyone who took the time to swing by.

 

We stayed at the party until about an hour before midnight, and afterwards we went back to our house to just zone out while sipping some picklebacks.

 

The next day, we had Don Pastechi's for breakfast which is one of our favorite places to eat in the island. If you're planning to head over there, you should come relatively early because the good stuff runs out pretty fast.

 

After that we headed over to Eagle Beach to just hang out. It was pretty busy for a Wednesday. We also had lunch at the Eagle Beach Food Truck. As usual, their food never disappoints.

 

We met up with our good friend Marlene later in the day at the Local Store, which in our opinion has the best burgers in Aruba and makes these amazing deep fried pickles. They also have an extensive craft beer selection — possibly the largest in the island — so if you have a love for craft beers, you should definitely stop by the Local Store!

 

We originally intended to spend the rest of our evening at Matthew's to watch a live performance, but when we got there it was already jam-packed and there were no seats left for us so we opted to just relax at home instead and play a card game.

 

Bright and early the next morning, we finally decided to climb Mt. Hooiberg for the first time. It took us around 20 minutes to reach the summit, which will probably take a much shorter time for folks who are in better shape. I did a Facebook live of my climbing experience if you were able to catch it. The view is  phenomenal at the top. Do try to climb it if you're up for the challenge! The view is worth it.

 

The descent went much faster than the ascent, which took only about 5 minutes. We swung by Bright Bakery for some delicious pastries before heading to the Animal Shelter. All the animals were in very good condition which made us feel happy. It's such a good place to be in, and I urge you all to make a donation if you can. The animals and the workers will truly appreciate every single dollar.  One day we vow to to bring a kitten back home with us.

 

So now we're back to Arashi beach which we went to following the Animal Shelter. It's now time for sunset and whoa, I really have to take a picture of this. Well you know how Aruba sunsets are. They're absolutely breathtaking. It looks like I'm getting mesmerized by the view again. Well, until next time! Be sure to stay tuned to the next episodes!

 

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:

- Know about this 4 year old kid who was with us climbing Hooiberg. If a little kid can do it, we can to!

- Hear about the jet ski incident.

- Hear why purple food is not for me.

 

ESTABLISHMENTS AND RESTAURANTS MENTIONED:

Eduardo's Beach Shack

Don Pastechi

Screaming Eagle

Eagle Beach Food Truck

Matthew's Beachside Restaurant

Bright Bakery

Animal Shelter

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