Bon dia! 🇦🇼
I’m finally updating again after a couple of months off the grid. It’s been a hectic few months with moving from Apeldoorn to Amsterdam (blog post on this soon!), going back to Aruba for vacation, coming back and attending introduction week and starting with a new study program at a new university. All in all, I didn’t have time to write for my blog.
But now I’m back again, and with another Travel Diary!
I’m happy to be writing about my beautiful home country Aruba, a small island in the Caribbean off the coast of Venezuela. We’re part of the Dutch Kingdom, so we’re also Dutch citizens. That being said, we have our own distinct culture and traditions.
I arrived back on Aruba on July 23rd, but for the first week or so I just chilled and relaxed. My boyfriend arrived on the 7th, so from the 8th onward we were crossing things off of this list I had made of things I wanted to do or see or eat (the latter being especially important but I forgot to take pics of most of those 😅)
The first day was relatively tame: we went to Taco Bell, went shopping, and watched Dunkirk (it was ok). The second day, we went to the Butterfly Farm, something I’ve wanted to do for a while. I haven’t been to the Butterfly Farm since I was a kid, so I can’t remember shit from when I had gone that time. The garden is humid and warm and filled with butterflies and moths from across the globe.
They also have ponds with fishies swimming around!
The most interesting part was probably the short ‘tour’, where the guide tells you about the life cycle of both moths and butterflies: from egg to caterpillar, from caterpillar to chrysalis, and from chrysalis to maturity. Our guide was incredibility well informed and told us about different habits and characteristics of the moths and butterflies in the garden. Another fun fact about the Butterfly Farm: the ticket you purchase is valid for the duration of your stay, so make sure you go early!
On Thursday we went to Eduardo’s Beach Shack for breakfast (and by that I mean, I had breakfast there lol), and I ordered the acaí bowl. The acaí bowl (and all the other things on their menu) looked freaking beautiful. I first took notice of Eduardo’s Beach Shack on Instagram, because I would see my friends posting pictures of them with the bowls. So obviously, when I finally for the first time ever had one, I took a pic for Instagram:
After breakfast, we went to the California Lighthouse, and then we explored around Westpunt for a bit, and I forced Rens to take some photos of me because I’m vain like that, I guess. Afterwards, we went to the beach because living in the Netherlands means losing the tan that you spent your life building up in just one winter. Gotta love it.
I went hiking in Parke Nacional Arikok (Arikok National Park) around Boca Prins and Dos Playa with my parents and brother over the weekend. It was not only a nice workout, but the sights were amazing! We haven’t been since my brother and I were kids, so it was great to get to see it again. That part of the island is untouched by people and construction, and you can really appreciate the beauty of it.
On Monday, Rens and I went to the Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins, where my camera decided to start playing games so I literally only got two shots in before it really went to shit. Afterwards, we went driving around Arikok, where my camera promptly decided to fix itself again so I could take a few more pics.
Before I left, I finally got to hang out with my friend, Lisen, so we did they typical island thing and went to the beach. And, of course, we did a mini ‘photoshoot’ because vanity is alive and well in our society 🙂 jk, taking photos is fun so let us be.
My last weekend there was spent with my family before I’d fly back to the Netherlands Sunday evening. Overall, it was a great vacation, and obviously, I did way more than what I wrote about above, but I didn’t document everything because sometimes it’s nice to put the camera down and actually enjoy the little things (like listening to your friend telling you about his drunken antics while you enjoy a drink at Pelican Pier).
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If you’re interested in knowing more about Aruba or planning to visit soon, check out these links! 🇦🇼
- Aruba’s Official Website
- Aruba’s TripAdvisor Page
- Aruba’s Lonely Planet Page
- Aruba Tourism’s Instagram
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