That’s Aruba for hello, I think. Most Arubans speak English pretty fluently so I was, admittedly, geocentrically lazy about learning much in Papiamento, the native language.
We are back. The trip was awesome. I have a ton of shit to do tonight, but I wanted to say hello and I wanted to share some random thoughts about the vacation upon which I will probably elaborate more in days to come.
- My landlord is frigging crazy. Not like dangerous crazy, but neurotic crazy. He noticed we weren’t around for a few days, and our mail wasn’t coming. But despite Frank’s car in the driveway, and our stuff still visible through windows (like our plants in the kitchen window), he left me a rambly voice mail wondering if we had stopped living there and should he start looking for new tenants?!? I think all the creepy sex between him and his hotty Latina girlfriend has decreased the bloodflow to his brain or something.
- Frank and I went out to dinner our last night there, to an awesomely awesome restaurant. Good food, incredible ambiance. I can’t wait to have time to tell you more about it!
- Lane was a little stressed out by the general situation of two whole days without Mommy in an unfamiliar place, and her stress carried over into the rest of the vacation. Overall she handled it well, for her. However she wasn’t keen on doing much without me the rest of the trip, and tears were shed any time Frank and I went off to do something without the kids. But it got better as the time passed, to be sure. I am happy to report that she learned to swim by the end of the vacation, and since I was a lifeguard/swim instructor in a previous life that has me all sorts of proud. And she won’t do that swimming-with-her-face-out-of-the-water-for-fear-of-getting-her-face-wet business… in fact we have the opposite problem, she can’t quite figure out the mechanics of lifting her face out of the water to take a breath, so her swimming is limited to about six feet before she runs out of air. But she swims, and floats, and there were no floaties required to get her to that point so I am all sorts of proud of her.
- Jake loved every minute of it. He loved the ocean, and the pool, and the toilet in the room, and eating sand, and throwing coral rocks with me and Lane, and more than anything the eight days down there cemented his Grandpa Frank as unequivocally the coolest person in his universe. They truly are like peas and carrots, to borrow a turn of phrase.
- I have decided I simply love Aruba and would stay there forever, if possible. The weather is amazing (highs of 88 degrees F like, all year, lots of low humidity, constant trade winds which make it never feel really hot even when it is, and no hurricanes). The people are friendly, and there is stuff to do without there being too much to do. You can lay on the beach every day of your vacation and not feel like you really missed anything. There’s stuff to do if you really are inclined, and it’s interesting and fun, but you’ll never on your deathbed regret not doing it. It’s not a cheap place to visit… but we will certainly be back.