Aruba – day 7

July 11, 2009 – Last Full Day

It’s been a reading vacation. Knocked out Mystic River, Tell No One and All We Wanted Was Everything. Just got back from the gift shop with book #7 in hand.

The original plan for the day was to rent a jeep and actually get to the Natural Pool and do some snorkeling at beaches at the south end of the island. Alas, no Jeeps were available. Smaller cars were, but no one seemed too excited about the plans and I wasn’t looking forward to being scrunched in the backseat.

Besides, I suspect the three of us had moved firmly into Relaxation.

My typical reading view
My typical reading view

We headed to the Dutch Pancake House for lunch (thanks for the recommendation, Scharfy). It was good, but none of us were expecting open-face crepes. The dessert Penny and I split was awesome though. Fried balls of dough with powedered sugar and appropriate dipping sauces, including a heavily spiked eggnog sauce that we ignore and vanilla ice cream that we did not.

Some shop wandering before we returned to the pool for sun and reading. Tonight is dinner at Gilligan’s again because Penny raved about the burger she had when we were there before. Then it’s packing so I can enjoy tomorrow morning before flying home.

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Okay, the burger at Gilligan’s was not as great as before. And it was served in metal baskets instead of a late. It was like an entirely different restaurant.

IMG_0534After dinner took us back to the hotel where we discovered two lovely floral arrangements in the living room. Hopes were raised that the hotel staff liked us again and was back to leaving free stuff. I love free stuff.

So it was back to the casino for the rest of the night. Penny and I headed down by ourselves because Mike was finishing something up. Well, I had to keep her company at the tables. I took out my last $60 (leaving cab money for the ride to the airport tomorrow) and played for a couple of hours. It turned out to be a good table. Friendly people and we had fun.

When my cash ran out, I headed back to the room only to turn right around and head back down to tell Mike and Penny the flowers were gone! With no explanation as to where they went or why they were in our room in the first place.

Turns out the couple in the room across from ours had just gotten married that day and the arrangements were from their wedding and had been delivered to the wrong room. I don’t understand this hotel.


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