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... up in random heaps over a fairly small area, steps have been built into them and a viewing platform on top, I am too arthriticky today to tackle the steps so Albert goes up alone whilst I take photos at the bottom. There are some huge cacti, and when we leave we pass cactus fences just like the ones we saw in Bonaire. Next we stop at St Philomena's church, 95% of the population are Catholic dating back to the Spanish ...
... to keep their economy afloat... The sights on Aruba are pretty underwhelming - a rock you can climb, a natural bridge that has now collapsed into the sea and a shortish lighthouse that was built in 1916. We ended the tour with some free time at the beach, which was nice. We strolled along as the sun set. We were in front of the ritzy hotels (including as it happens the Ritz) and we saw a beach wedding taking place ...
... for a Flat White - phew ! I needed that.
We were on our way back to our cabin when I decided to do another poster for the Panama Canal. We pretty much got it finished - just have to add a couple more touches and we’re done.
Got changed for dinner and then just before 6.30pm, we decided to see a singer / comedian – Duncan Tuck. I thought we had seen him previously and as soon as he came on stage I knew we ...
... boring. An exhausted PA engineer doesn't help either; the sound is cracking and unbalanced. Waiting until close to midnight is tedious, the burning fast with little ritual. Some crackers inside the Momo burst, and then it all fades away. An anti-climax. But isn't that the goal?
... walking a taxi stopped, already containing four people, but we climbed in and arrived in the main town. It cost the four of us US$5 for the trip back to town - a bargain. Oranjestad is extremely odd. It must have been designed by Walt Disney and cannot bear any resemblance to what must have been there originally. The buildings are ornate and painted in bright pastel colours and have been created strictly for the tourists. There is stark contrast between the street ...