One Happy Podcast

Today on One Happy Podcast I am joined once again by Maggie G, who you may remember as being the first ever guest of the show.

Recently we returned from a trip to Aruba and here we give a review of some of the highlights of that trip.  

  • Aruba Food Trucks 
  • Arashi Beach Sunset
  • San Nicolas
  • Charlie's Bar
  • Aruba Ray Ellin
Direct download: EP11_-_Maggie_and_Curt_Spring_2015.mp3
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On this episode of One Happy Podcast I have the pleasure of interviewing Desiree Eldering the Managing Director of the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary.  Desiree was kind enough to stop by to tell me all about the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary and its inhabitants.


Now the average tourist visiting Aruba probably never leaves the beaches of Aruba.  Those lucky few tourists who do venture off the beaten path to this Aruban treasure will be able to see and interact with some of the 130+ donkeys cared for at the Sanctuary.

On this episode I spend just under 30 minutes talking to Desiree and one thing that is abundantly clear from the interview is how much she loves the Donkey.  So if you are traveling to Aruba and want to do something a bit out of the ordinary, the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary is a great place to start.

Direct download: EP10_-_Desiree_Eldering.mp3
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On this episode of One Happy Podcast I have the honor of welcoming back Cindy and Rob O to the podcast.  We first spoke with Cindy and Rob in episode 3 “Investing in the Family”.   There we learned a great deal about their love for Aruba.  Today they have returned to tell us about their most recent trip to the island of Aruba.


Today you will hear about how Cindy, Rob, family and friends explored and enjoyed our favorite vacation destination.  This was the 20th trip for Rob and Cindy and amazingly enough with the help of Arias Schwarz they were still able to find a new experience on the island.  Think about that for a second.  At this point Rob and Cindy have probably spent close to a full year on an island that is only 19 miles by 6 miles and are still discovering some of Aruba’s treasures.  Simply amazing!


In this episode you will hear about:

  • The two different properties they stayed at during this latest trip
  • Some of the top dining establishments in Aruba including a new restaurant that is taking the Aruba culinary scene by storm
  • The best tour they have ever taken in Aruba


Restaurants Mentioned:

  • Anna Maria’s
  • Quinta del Carmen
  • Ricardo’s Restaurant and Bar
  • Ventanas del Mar

Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode:


Direct download: Ep9_-_Rob_and_Cindy_O.mp3
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On this episode of One Happy Podcast, I am joined by a fantastic guest, Tracey D.  If you are a visitor of the forums, the Aruba section of tripadvisor or the “All Things Aruba” facebook group you may already be familiar with Tracey.  She is a relative newcomer to Aruba but has fallen head over heels in love and is here to share her experiences with us.


If I were to describe this interview in one word, it would be vivacious.  Tracey has an enthusiasm that shines through so much that by the end you will definitely be wanting to book a trip if you don’t already have one in the works.

Direct download: Ep8_Tracey_D.mp3
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On this episode of One Happy Podcast, I am joined by noted comedian “Aruba” Ray Ellin.  Ray is here to tell us about the comedy show he is putting on at the Marriot Resort and Stellaris Casino. But that isn’t all, Ray is also a legitimate Aruba fanatic.  


Although Ray has only been visiting the island for a few short years, you’ll see that he has most definitely been making up for lost time.  So whether you are at the gym, grocery store or driving home from work give this episode a listen and prepare to be astounded.


Direct download: EP-7_Aruba_Ray_Ellin.mp3
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On this latest episode of One Happy Podcast I am being joined by Louis Johnson.  Louis is an Aruba fanatic who is about to embark on his fourth visit to the island.  Louis reached out to me via the One Happy Podcast share your story link expressing an interest in being a guest.  Within a few days everything was set up and we were recording.


Throughout this episode of One Happy Podcast one thing will be very apparent to everyone listening and that is Louis’s passion for Aruba. Being that it is late January many of us are being forced to endure sub-freezing temperatures but believe me when I say this episode is a nice bit of relief from the cold, snow or in my case at the moment freezing rain.  


Over the course of this 40 minute interview we talk about everything from the most amazing view of the sunset at one end of the island to one of the most amazing beaches in the world at the other end.  When this episode is over I guarantee you will either be thanking your lucky star you have a future trip to Aruba planned or will be compelled to start booking your next trip.  Hope you enjoy!

Direct download: Ep6_-_Louis_Johnson.mp3
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Joining me today on One Happy Podcast is Gina one of the amazing tour guides at the Aruba Ostrich Farm.Gina is kind enough to share her knowledge about these giants of the bird world and tells us why guests should leave the beach to visit this off the beaten path Aruba tourist attraction.

Direct download: Ep5_-_Gina_The_Aruba_Ostrich_Farm.mp3
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My Arbuan version of Twas the Night Before Christmas

Direct download: Bonus_-_Aruba_Night_Before_Xmas_2014.mp3
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Joining me today on One Happy Podcast is Vallon Davis.  Vallon comes to us from the Southern Caribbean Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. 

Vallon has visited the island of Aruba 4 times and is here to share his insights of Aruba.  Being that he lives in the Caribbean his perspective is a unique one that I am sure you all will find very interesting.

Direct download: EP4_-_Vallon_Davis.mp3
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In my ongoing quest to find the best guests for One Happy Podcast I was thrilled when Rob and Cindy O from the message boards accepted my invitation. Rob and Cindy have been visiting Aruba with their daughters since 1997 and have over that time accumulated a number of timeshare properties.



As Rob and Cindy gear up for their 19th trip we discuss what made them choose Aruba as a vacation destination as well as what keeps them coming backyear after year.  While its true that seventeen years ago Cindy and Rob decided to invest in Aruba, more importantly this decision was also an investment in their family and to this day that investment continues to pay dividends.

Direct download: Ep3-_Cindy_and_Rob_O.mp3
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