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So a lot of our more questionable decisions of late have started with us just chatting about a subject more and more over a short amount of time until it happens. That was definitely the case with Aruba. The last week of March Tom got laid off, which would normally suck except for two things. One, he was planning on quitting to look for full time work as an EMT anyway, and two, he got a severance check that was very generous.

Anyway, there we were on April 1st with a larger amount of money than expected and no work for Tom until the middle of the month. I had a super flexible schedule at the time because I was substituting and working with Jamey.  We kindof brought it up that whole last week and finally on Sunday morning, April 2nd, I was like, “Okay, we’re going or we’re not. What’s the plan?” And within a few hours we had flights set up for Tuesday.

The flights were super affordable, we were in that weird range between college spring breaks and school vacations for the kids.  We found it was about $700 more to fly direct so we got a connection in Charlotte.  The craziest part of our air travels? On our flights to AND from Aruba there were two medical emergencies. And BOTH of them were sitting next to me. Luckily both women ended up making it fine to our final destinations, but definitely noteworthy because they were next to me.

We ended up staying at The Tropicana Resort which was right across from Eagle Beach. It’s home to a Dunkin Donuts, Baskin Robbins, and a pizza place. Our room was not one of the renovated ones and we were still very happy with it. We had a bedroom, bathroom, living room, and full kitchen. The hotel itself had a couple pools, a tempting happy hour, and tons of lizards. (If you ever go to Aruba you can feed these guys the fruit out of your drinks!) This little guy was Tom’s favorite because of his bright colors!

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Our last minute plans didn’t make it easy to book excursions and tours, but we did shell out the cash cow for one snorkeling journey. We went on the Palm Pleasure, which was a catamaran that took us to the SS Antilla (a sunken ship) and a coral reef.  They also provided lunch and an open bar. It was a perfect afternoon and all the guys working on the ship were super friendly.

We ate dinner every night except for one at a restaurant down the beach called Matthew’s. This is a picture from our table on night one. We did NOT make reservations. It was delicious and on Tuesday’s they had bottomless ribs and fries. (not my thing but could be yours.)
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I know a lot of people go to Palm Beach but we really enjoyed Eagle. It wasn’t empty, but it wasn’t packed with college kids. It was very low key and you could walk for (what felt like) miles. Overall Aruba was a 10/10 last minute trip and I would absolutely recommend it if you ever get laid off!