In the summertime of 2008, I traveled for eight days to the island of Aruba. My mother and father have a timeshare that they personal and on the final minute they determined that they weren’t going to have the ability to use it. Once they mentioned I may use the timeshare to go wherever I needed, I jumped on the alternative. I did a variety of analysis and at last determined to journey to Aruba.
Earlier than this journey I didn’t even know the place Aruba was. I knew it was an island, however that was about all I knew.
In case you don’t know, Aruba is a small island about 25 miles north of Venezuela. It’s part of the Dutch Caribbean and the folks there converse 4 totally different languages: Dutch, Spanish, English, and the native language of Papiamento. In my complete time there, I failed to fulfill a single person who didn’t converse not less than some English.
After I began my journey I flew out of Salt Lake Metropolis Worldwide and first went to Atlanta, Georgia earlier than boarding the aircraft that might take me to Aruba. It was a protracted flight for what appeared like an island not that far-off.
Due to the work I’ve been doing on my web site at www.bicycletouringpro.com, I purchased a Bike Friday folding bike and took it with me on the journey. The beauty of this bike is that it folds up and matches inside a typical suitcase. It is a enormous profit since you don’t should pay any further charges to fly along with your bicycle. And now that airways are charging for second luggage and a complete host of in any other case usually free objects, it will save me an enormous amount of cash sooner or later.
Anyway, as soon as I arrived in Aruba I needed to instantly put my bike collectively and experience to the resort. I discovered a small island between two busy lanes of visitors and put my bike collectively right here. It was so sizzling and humid that in just some moments I used to be immediately lined in sweat. It was horrible.
As soon as I had the bike collectively I needed to experience about 6 miles from the airport to the resort. This sounded simple again residence, however as soon as I obtained out on the highway, it was an entire nightmare. The roads in Aruba are loopy! There isn’t any shoulder, there’s glass within the highway, and the drivers honk at you! To make it worse, I used to be pulling a trailer behind me and it was making my experience 3 times harder.
I did ultimately get to the resort, however by that point I used to be virtually in a state of shock.
The primary night time in Aruba was not a very good one. I used to be working on about an hour’s value of sleep and I used to be depressed as hell (I’m not precisely certain why).
The following morning I checked out of the resort and rode with my bike and trailer down the California Lighthouse within the northeast facet of the island. As soon as I obtained out of the touristy areas the experience turned fairly pleasing. I spent the day on the lookout for geocaches and using within the dunes on the east facet of the island.
Later that day I rode again to the primary a part of the island and checked into the timeshare resort.
The resort was positioned a few mile from the seashore, however I discovered this to be an incredible profit. It was away from many of the crowds and my room got here with a balcony with a superb view of the flamboyant resorts and casinos that line the northern coast.
Inside my room I had a bed room, 2 loos, a completely stocked kitchen, and a lounge. It was greater than I wanted and it was my residence away from residence.
Most days in Aruba I wakened late, checked my e-mail, after which went on a motorbike experience for a pair hours throughout the day. Then at night time I’d return residence, take a bathe and stroll all the way down to the vacationer space to get some dinner (often simply French fries). Then I’d stroll again to the resort, watch some TV and eat my dinner, after which go all the way down to the pool, test my e-mail once more, and write some articles for my bicycle touring web site.
As I believe again on it now, these have been excellent days. I used to be doing all the pieces that I love to do! I may sleep in late, go on a motorbike experience, eat my dinner in peace, and hang around on the Web. If I may work my life out so I may do that each single day, I’d be a really blissful individual.
I may go into nice element and let you know each little factor that occurred to me on the market, however I’d somewhat not. As a substitute, I’ll share some photographs with you and that shall be it.
To wrap issues up I’d merely prefer to state that after I first obtained to Aruba I practically had a panic assault and needed to depart instantly. However as soon as I obtained settled in I actually started to take pleasure in myself and didn’t wish to depart. I may have simply stayed there for one more few weeks. I actually appreciated it… and I’m certain glad I went.