aruba- the village, the people.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


-vitacoco sucks compared to the real thing. 
-a virtual high five to those who suggested we rent a jeep. 
-aruba is a very impoverished country. i had no idea. 
-was it beautiful? absolutely.
-will i go back? probably not. to each their own. 
-beach pics coming up tomorrow.

21 comments:

Much to My Delight said...

I went to Aruba two years ago and loved it, but I get what you're saying. There was a startling difference between the village area you posted and the resort beach area. Kind of an upsetting difference, really. I was not a fan of Aruban food, but the weather really sold me--no humidity when I was there, which wins major travel points:)

rebecca said...

jenn-
right? aruban food was the equivalent of american food. the americanized beaches and hotels being segregated from the rest of the poor island disturbed me as well. i was excited to be able to capture both sides.

adele said...

Great photo's! I've heard this about Aruba too xoxo
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Naurnie said...

we had fun, too, really... but i am not sure i would go back, either. glad you had a nice time, though!

Anonymous said...

We went to Aruba for our honeymoon. Enjoyed it, but I completely agree with you. We probably won't go back either...unless I convince Rob we need to go back to relive our honeymoon. :) Glad you guys had fun!!

Kim said...

Great photos! The one with the dogs and the goat is my favorite. I felt the same way about Belize - even though it's the "richest" country in Central America, it's still very poor in some areas (not the touristy ones). We chose to stay on a lesser-visited island off the coast because of this. Can't wait to see your beach pics!

Meg {henninglove} said...

just got back from a cruise that stopped in aruba for a one day and i agree not sure if it will be back but it was a nice place to visit

sherri lynn said...

I think it's interesting you wouldn't go back. Excited to see the beach pictures!

Vivian said...

You know I met that very same guy cutting your coconut. He happened to be from my hometown in Colombia.. I also have a picture with him. Glad to hear you were able to capture both sides.

rebecca said...

vivian-
that's crazy! he's a popular fella.

Mo Pie, Please said...

Apparently I know nothing about Aruba! Glad there was some fun in there but I understand not wanting to go back. To each their own is absolutely right!

PoetessWug said...

I'm always interested to hear people's assessment of places they visit. I hadn't heard anything good about Aruba, but of course my only reference is news reports involving Natalie Hollaway and the other girl that went missing lately! I'm sure Aruban's wished the real story got out more often!!

Alex said...

I really knew nothing about Aruba, so very interesting to hear!
Also, I love your hair. I could never pull it off, but it looks fabulous on you!

Filip Demuinck said...

Very good layout

Greetings,
Filip

yours truly, melissa said...

I always want to take all the stray dogs home! Poor pups! Looks like the three behind the concrete wall have a permanent home though...

Looking forward to your beach pics!

la petite coquine said...

I felt the same way when we visited Cuba-it was so beautiful, but so difficult. And yeah, those VitaCocos just can't beat the real thing. We have a favorite coffee bar that actually serves young coconuts with the tops lopped off that MAKE my weekend.

Rebecca - A Daily Something said...

Great pictures. That jeep must have been SO MUCH fun!!

Britta said...

Same to you! Aruba sounds like a dream and I'm sure your beach photos will give me a healthy dose of jealousy.

kitchu said...

lovely photos. i am glad you enjoyed your time and i understand your sentiment about returning. i am certain that has nothing to do with the poverty. i myself am just not a big beach girl.

give me the Umbria region or Tuscany. god i loved Italy so much.

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

From my understanding, many central American and south American countries have pretty impoverished countrysides. I think it's fantastic you got out and explored. There's nothing like going off the regular path, talking to residents, and eating local food to really get to know a place.

Hotel Specials said...

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