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On episode 79 of One Happy Podcast, I am lucky enough to be joined by Canadians Peter and Amal Kasouf, the proprietors of Alfie’s in Aruba.  Peter and Amal discovered Aruba thanks to his father who had been a visitor for many years.  After visiting Aruba for a few years, the couple decided that maybe it was time for a change.  So, after booking an appointment to see a bar that was for sale, there live’s would be forever changed.

 

If you, like many visitors, don’t visit the downtown area very often, you may not be familiar with Alfie’s.  Alfie’s is a new-ish bar in the downtown area that in my opinion is going to be a destination.  Alfie’s isn’t the easiest place to find, but once you do turns out to be a real treasure.  Known for their juicy burgers and delicious poutine, to me the personalities of the owners is the real star of the show.  This is the realization of a dream by two crazy canucks who relocated and brought a bit of Canada to One Happy Island.  

 

Not only is this episode of One Happy Podcast full of personality, there is also plenty of wisdom.  It’s not often you get to sit down and talk to someone who actually made the move from conventional four season life to 365 days of Summer. If you've ever thought about purchasing a business and relocating to Aruba, you will want to listen to this latest episode of One Happy Podcast.

 

On This Episode of One Happy Podcast you will:

  • Hear the story of Peter and Amal purchasing a bar in Aruba
  • Learn the origin of the name Alfie’s
  • Find out why paying bills in Aruba is an all day process
  • Get advice about what it takes to make your Aruba relocation dream come true
  • Hear what two hard-working restaurateurs do on their one day off

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Direct download: EP79_-_Alfies_in_Aruba_with_Peter_and_Amal.mp3
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On this “Super-sized” episode of Aruba’s number one podcast, “One Happy Podcast”, I am being joined by my partner in crime Maggie.  We will be going over our most recent trip to Aruba which took place from February 25th through March 6th.  If you haven’t heard any of these recap episodes before, we basically go over everything we did on our visit.  We start from departing our home all the way through boarding the plane to return home.

 

During this hour-plus long episode of the show we go over several activities we participated in down on the island.  Some of these activities include Aruba Ray’s Comedy at the Marriott Stellaris Hotel and Casino, the brand new Kukoo Kunuku Wine and Tapas tour, watching the Grand Carnival Parade, beach hopping, bar hopping and skydiving.  We also talk about the restaurants we visited during the vacation.  Among the restaurants we discussed are some of our old favorites like Quinta Del Carmen and Azzurro as well as places we visited for the first time like Legend’s and Aflie’s.  All together I think we talk about more than 20 different eateries.  I’m not sure how you eat at more than 20 different places in 10 days, especially since we repeated a couple and packed lunches at times.  

 

While ten days is a nice length of time to be in Aruba, for some reason it still was not enough.  The need you feel for wanting to get back into your Aruba routine directly clashes with wanting to try new things.  For an island that is so darn small, no matter how many times or how often you visit there is always something new to discover.  Maybe that’s just one more reason why we all keep coming back.  

 

Maggie and I had a lot of fun on the trip and continued that fun during this podcast episode. We opened a bottle of wine, turned on the microphones and this is what happened.  Thank you so much for supporting the show. Also, please excuse my congestion going from Aruba to Baltimore clogged me up for a couple of days so I do sound a bit more nasally than normal.  

 

On This Episode of One Happy Podcast you will:

  • Hear about our experience at the Grand Carnival Parade
  • Find out about the brand new Kukoo Kunuku “Wine on down the road” wine and tapas tour.
  • Listen to me describe what it’s like to jump out of an airplane
  • Get our opinions about no less than 20 places around the island to eat
  • Find out why getting a rental with a full tank of gas is not all it’s cracked up to be.

 

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Direct download: EP78_-_Aruba_Curt_and_Maggie_Feb_2017_Recap.mp3
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Episode 77 of One Happy Podcast welcomes back Aruba Ray Ellin to the show.  Ray as you probably already know is the comedian responsible for bringing Aruba Ray’s Comedy to the Marriott Stellaris. Aruba Ray’s Comedy is basically a New York City comic club transplanted down to the island of Aruba.  In fact, it is actually listed as the number 1 show on Aruba.

 

Ray comes down maybe 3 times each year and currently is currently selling out shows at the Marriott.  Here are some of the comedians that will be joining Ray.

  • Robert Kelly
  • Tony Woods
  • Gina Brillon
  • Brian Scott McFadden
  • Joe Vega

 

Arubacomedy.com

Onehappypodcast.com

Facebook.com/onehappypodcast

Legends Pub

Eduardo’s Beach Shack

Scott’s Brats

Direct download: EP77_-__Aruba_Ray_Ellin_-_Aruba_Rays_Comedy.mp3
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On this episode of Aruba’s number one podcast, “One Happy Podcast”, I am being joined by fellow aruba-phile Regina Crusan.  Regina first discovered Aruba about 14 years ago.  For her 40th birthday she decided to visit the island she would eventually come to love.  However, unlike many of you listening Regina didn’t initially feel the pull of Aruba.  After that first visit it would be an entire decade before she would once again set foot on Aruba.  Now, 4 years ago Regina came to her senses and once again visited the island and ever since then she’s been hooked.

 

Regina has a unique visitor perspective on the island as she has stayed in two distinctly different areas of the island.  Initially Regina enjoyed the ever popular Palm Beach experience at the Occidental Grand Aruba all-inclusive.  However, she also enjoys the downtown Oranjestad area when she stays at the Renaissance Aruba resort.  During the interview we spend quite a bit of time talking about the downtown area and of course Renaissance island, which is a fantastic experience.

 

In addition to conversing about the properties where Regina has stayed we also talk about touring the island and restaurants.  During the course of this nearly hour long episode of the show, Regina and I discuss plenty of topics.  I had a lot of fun recording this one as it was more of a conversation between two friends catching up (even though we’ve never met before), then an interview.  From discussions we’ve had since this was recorded I’m pretty sure Regina had fun, and I hope you guys have a lot of fun listening to One Happy Podcast Episode 76.



On This Episode of One Happy Podcast you will:

  • Hear Regina’s thoughts on Aruba development
  • Get An overview of the Renaissance
  • Find out Regina’s reasons for wanting an all inclusive
  • Hear a hilarious story about a jeep tour
  • Discover what it takes to be a gold medal floater

 

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Direct download: EP76_-_Getting_Happy_in_Aruba_with_Regina_Crusan.mp3
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On this episode of One Happy Podcast, I am being joined by my partner in crime and favorite co-host Maggie.  Being that we are preparing for another trip to Aruba, we figured this would be a good time to do our pre-Aruba vacation special.  So this is the show where we talk about what we plan on doing this next trip to Aruba.

 

Being that our trip is being put together so last minute, plans are a bit sparse for now.  However, instead of this being looked as a hindrance, it's actually an opportunity.  A lot of times we can get too bogged down in planning and end up with something that looks like one of those cruise ship itineraries.  You know, be here at 4pm and then at 7pm we are going to do this.  Its cool to be organized and all but it can turn a vacation into something that ends up not being very relaxing.  So this is a great opportunity for us to just jot down a few “must dos” and let everything else just fall into place.

 

So on this episode of One Happy Podcast Maggie and I start out discussing our pre-flight night before plans.  After that we talk about those couple of absolutely must-do activities and attractions.  While the list of potential activities may be small the potential for excitement is pretty much through the roof.  Of course, we also talk about restaurants.  What would an episode of One Happy Podcast be without food related discussion?

 

As always I had a lot of fun hanging out with the Magg and you guys.  Hopefully you guys enjoy the banter as much as I did.  Also remember to stay tuned for what is sure to be an incredible adventure in all of our favorite playground… Aruba!


On This Episode of One Happy Podcast you will:

  • Find out why we think a pre-flight hotel beats an hour long early morning drive
  • Hear about our plans for the Carnival Grand Parade
  • Learn why we think Aruba Ray’s Comedy at the Marriott is a “must do”
  • Be the first to hear about Aruba Curt potentially jumping out of a perfectly good airplane
  • Find out about my plans to find out who has the best burgers and pizza on the island

 

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Direct download: EP75_-_Curt_and_Maggs_Feb_2017_Pre_Aruba_Special.mp3
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On this episode of One Happy Podcast, I am lucky enough to be joined by friend of the show and Aruba veteran Tracey Beaver.  Tracey first appeared on the show way back in episode 8.  During that episode, we learned all about her discovery of Aruba and how she’s grown from newbie to seasoned vacationer.  Now nearly two years later we check back in to see how her love for the island has evolved.  Fresh off a trip to Aruba Tracey has now stayed at a half dozen different properties.  Additionally, Tracey has accumulated a whole list of amazing restaurants to recommend.

 

Over the course of this info-packed hour-long episode of the show, we touch on so many topics you may want to listen twice.  It’s not often you have the opportunity to sit down with someone with such a diverse understanding of so many resorts.  I ask Tracey which resort is best suited for couples, families, budget travelers, etc.  She also takes the time to school me on the procedure for renting a timeshare.  Also, Tracey fills me in on some of her newly discovered restaurants, as well as a few excursions she has experienced in the past.

 

All in all, this was a fantastic conversation about a subject near and dear to all of us.  Tracey’s love for the island really shines through during this interview.  Also, the knowledge she’s gathered from her experiences on Aruba taught me so much.  Hopefully, you guys enjoy this interview as much as I did.

 

On This Episode of One Happy Podcast you will:

  • Hear opinions on no less than 6 different Aruba resort properties
  • Learn how Tracey went about renting a timeshare from an owner
  • Get an Aruba veteran’s opinion on many popular restaurants
  • Hear an unbiased opinion of Palm vs Eagle Beach

 

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Direct download: EP74_-_Talking_Aruba_Resorts_with_Tracey.mp3
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Joining me today on Episode 73 of One Happy Podcast is Marie Geerman of Aruba Flight Volunteers and the New Life for Paws.  Marie has been a guest on One Happy Podcast a couple of times before on episode 15 and episode 30.  Just to catch you up Marie has been traveling to Aruba for 30 years and even lived there for just about a decade.  Her husband is Aruban and she even has an Aruban born son.  In other words, Marie has a connection to the island as strong as any.  When you combine that connection to Aruba with her love for animals what you get is some extremely driven to impact the quality of life of the animals of Aruba.  

 

This drive Marie feels to help the animals started back when she lived on Aruba and now continues on here in the United States.  Marie is part of the animal rescue organization “New Life for Paws” which helps care for and nurture stray dogs on the island.  Also, she founded “Aruba Flight Volunteers”, which helps set up and organize transport of adopted animals from Aruba to the United States.  Recently both of these organizations hit significant milestones.  While it has been legally registered in Aruba since 2015 New Life for Paws has recently received 501c3 status as a not for profit organization in the United States and Aruba Flight Volunteers just surpassed four thousand members in its Facebook group.  Both of these organizations are at the forefront of changing the lives of so many animals on the island.

 

In this interview, Marie and I catch up on what has been happening on the island in the area of animal rescue.  She tells me about the team of wonderfully caring individuals that make up New Life for Paws, and the strides they’ve made over the last year.  She also tells me about the struggles they have endured as a fledging organization and what it will take for them to reach that next level.  I hope you all enjoy this episode of One Happy Podcast as it is centered around a subject that is near and dear to my heart.  For those of you who may not be animal lovers (if there are any of you out there), I am sure you can appreciate the passion and work ethic of someone trying to make a difference.



On This Episode of One Happy Podcast you will:

  • Learn about two fantastic organization doing amazing work on Aruba
  • Discover how the strays are captured to be spayed or neutered
  • Hear about the difficulties of getting adult dogs transported
  • Find out about the impact of spay and neuter campaigns on Aruba’s stray animal population
  • Hear about the team of volunteers
  • working to make a difference on the island

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Direct download: EP73_-_Checking_in_with_Marie_Geerman_of_Aruba_Flight_Volunteers.mp3
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Joining me on episode 72 of One Happy Podcast is a guest who has been visiting Aruba for 8 years, Kellie Shackleton.  She first discovered Aruba thanks to a timeshare presentation in Florida.  This led to Kellie discovering her ideal timeshare property, La Cabana.  She can usually be found traveling with a group of friends to the island a couple of times each year. Thankfully I was able to catch up with Kellie in between visits to Aruba.  She was just on the island about a month ago and will be returning very shortly.  

This episode of One Happy Podcast is all about how a group of girls spends their time on One Happy Island.  Kellie is nice enough to show us La Cabana through her eyes and also educate us on how Blue-Green timeshares work.  Over the course of this interview, we also talk about various experiences, restaurants, and activities Kellie and her friends have enjoyed on Aruba.  

On This Episode of One Happy Podcast you will:

  • Hear how a timeshare presentation led to Kellie discovering her paradise
  • Learn why the ease of traveling to Aruba is one of it’s biggest draws
  • Hear what it's like traveling from Minnesota to Aruba
  • Find out why the rooms at La Cabana are so conducive to a great night’s sleep
  • Learn how Blue Green points based timeshares work
  • Hear an unknown (to me) perk to using Expedia.com
  • Discover the Phase 10 Card game

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  • Mr jazz (defunct jazz club)

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Direct download: EP72_-_Exploring_LaCabana_with_Kellie_Shackleton.mp3
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For some of you episode 71.5 of One Happy Podcast will be familiar as it is a remix of the Thanksgiving episode.  Since that particular episode of the show was so time sensitive I decided to cut out the part that was no longer relevant and repost.  The reason for this is because Aruba Ray’s Comedy show is still happening over at the Aruba Marriott Stellaris and it is absolutely amazing.  

 

I’ve been to this comedy show probably 6-8 times and each time is funnier than the last.  What I didn’t want to happen is even one person missing out on getting this information.  Prior to going to my first comedy show I honestly didn’t think I wanted to take time out of Aruba to sit inside a comedy club.  After I took that chance the first time, I will never miss a show.  To this day we still laugh about some of the jokes we heard at that very first show.  

 

A few times each year, Ray brings down some of his fellow comedians from New York City and they recreate a comedy club down on the island.  The intimate venue seats maybe 100 patrons or so and each night there are 3 or 4 comedians featured.  Listen to the episode to hear about the show directly from Aruba Ray Ellin and then head on over to Arubacomedy.com to check out the lineups for a particular night and to purchase tickets.

 
 

Aruba Ray’s Comedy Lineup:

 
 

Visit Arubacomedy.com for all the information

 

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Direct download: EP71_and_a_half_-_Closing_out_the_year_with_Aruba_Rays_Comedy.mp3
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On episode 71 of One Happy Podcast, I am trying something a bit different.  This podcast episode basically has 2 separate parts, Aruba Ray’s Comedy and Thanksgiving on Aruba.  In the past, I’ve mentioned how I want to mix up show formats.  In addition to the hour-long interview style shows, I also want to do topic and information based shows.  Episode 71 is kind of a glimpse into what a second weekly episode of the show could look like.  

 

In the first half of the show, I am being joined by Aruba Ray Ellin who is here to tell us about the latest installment of Aruba Ray’s Comedy at the Marriott Stellaris Hotel and Casino.  Aruba Ray’s Comedy runs from November 19th Through December 20th and features a lineup comprised of mostly Aruba newbies.  To me this makes Aruba Ray’s Comedy extra exciting as the energy these comedians bring will be something different than anything the island has ever experienced.

 

The second half of the show has to do with celebrating Thanksgiving on the island.  While I was surfing around I noticed some of the restaurants on the island set and posted menus.  The more I came across the more I realized that some of you on the island may be able to make use of this information.  This led to me recording the second half of the podcast episode which is me highlighting ten Aruba Thanksgiving menus.  So on this part of the show I share the menus with you and give my recommendations on which I would choose.  

 

On This Episode of One Happy Podcast you will:

 
  • Be the first to hear this format of One Happy Podcast
  • Hear all about the November/December edition of Aruba Ray’s Comedy
  • Find out which comedians are coming down to the island to do shows
  • Discover what 10 different restaurants are serving up for Thanksgiving in Aruba
  • Learn the best way to help One Happy Podcast grow
 
 
 

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Direct download: EP71_-_The_Thanksgiving_Episode_w_Ray_Ellin.mp3
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