Ep10: Desiree Eldering Introduces Us to the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary

On this episode of One Happy Podcast I have the pleasure of interviewing Desiree Eldering the Managing Director of the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary. Desiree was kind enough to stop by to tell me all about the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary and its inhabitants.

Now the average tourist visiting Aruba probably never leaves the beaches of Aruba. Those lucky few tourists who do venture off the beaten path to this Aruban treasure will be able to see and interact with some of the 130+ donkeys cared for at the Sanctuary.

On this episode I spend just under 30 minutes talking to Desiree and one thing that is abundantly clear from the interview is how much she loves the Donkey. So if you are traveling to Aruba and want to do something a bit out of the ordinary, the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary is a great place to start.

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Ep9 – Revisiting Aruba with Cindy and Rob O.

On this episode of One Happy Podcast I have the honor of welcoming back Cindy and Rob O to the podcast. We first spoke with Cindy and Rob in episode 3 “Investing in the Family”. There we learned a great deal about their love for Aruba. Today they have returned to tell us about their most recent trip to the island of Aruba.
Today you will hear about how Cindy, Rob, family and friends explored and enjoyed our favorite vacation destination. This was the 20th trip for Rob and Cindy and amazingly enough with the help of Arias Schwarz they were still able to find a new experience on the island. Think about that for a second. At this point Rob and Cindy have probably spent close to a full year on an island that is only 19 miles by 6 miles and are still discovering some of Aruba’s treasures. Simply amazing!

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Ep8 – Happy Hours and Happier Times in Aruba with Tracey D

On this episode of One Happy Podcast, I am joined by a fantastic guest, Tracey D. If you are a visitor of the Aruba.com forums, the Aruba section of tripadvisor or the “All Things Aruba” facebook group you may already be familiar with Tracey. She is a relative newcomer to Aruba but has fallen head over heels in love and is here to share her experiences with us.

If I were to describe this interview in one word, it would be vivacious. Tracey has an enthusiasm that shines through so much that by the end you will definitely be wanting to book a trip if you don’t already have one in the works.

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Ep7 – “Aruba” Ray Ellin Brings Comedy to One Happy Island

On this episode of One Happy Podcast, I am joined by noted comedian “Aruba” Ray Ellin. Ray is here to tell us about the comedy show he is putting on at the Marriot Resort and Stellaris Casino. But that isn’t all, Ray is also a legitimate Aruba fanatic.

Although Ray has only been visiting the island for a few short years, you’ll see that he has most definitely been making up for lost time. So whether you are at the gym, grocery store or driving home from work give this episode a listen and prepare to be astounded.

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Ep6 – Sunsets in Aruba with Louis Johnson

On this latest episode of One Happy Podcast I am being joined by Louis Johnson. Louis is an Aruba fanatic who is about to embark on his fourth visit to the island. Louis reached out to me via the One Happy Podcast share your story link expressing an interest in being a guest. Within a few days everything was set up and we were recording.
Throughout this episode of One Happy Podcast one thing will be very apparent to everyone listening and that is Louis’s passion for Aruba. Being that it is late January many of us are being forced to endure sub-freezing temperatures but believe me when I say this episode is a nice bit of relief from the cold, snow or in my case at the moment freezing rain.

Over the course of this 40 minute interview we talk about everything from the most amazing view of the sunset at one end of the island to one of the most amazing beaches in the world at the other end. When this episode is over I guarantee you will either be thanking your lucky star you have a future trip to Aruba planned or will be compelled to start booking your next trip. Hope you enjoy!

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EP5 – Touring the Aruba Ostrich Farm with Gina

Joining me today on One Happy Podcast is Gina one of the amazing tour guides at the Aruba Ostrich Farm.Gina is kind enough to share her knowledge about these giants of the bird world and tells us why guests should leave the beach to visit this off the beaten path Aruba tourist attraction.

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Aruba Style “Twas the Night Before Christmas” 2014

So here I am just finished wrapping presents with nothing to do. Not really anything I want to watch on Netflix so I decided I wanted to do something “Christmasy” for the podcast. Although I started out pretty unimaginative, luckily I had a friend hanging around to help me out. After about a half hour of brainstorming my friend glasses o’ wine came up with a brilliant idea. He said to me why don’t you redo Twas the night before Christmas, with an Aruban twist.

Now I know it’s been done quite a few times in different ways but after glasses O prodded me 3 or 4 times I decided to go all in. So here it is, my rendition of Twas the night before Christmas Aruban style. I hope you enjoy.

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EP4 – Tourism Done Right with Vallon Davis

Joining me today on One Happy Podcast is Vallon Davis. Vallon comes to us from the Southern Caribbean Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Vallon reached out to me for an interview via the “share your story” link located at the top of this website and was nothing short of fantastic.

Being that Vallon lives amongst the Caribbean vibe he has a spirit that over the course of the interview you really learn to appreciate. In fact, as you will hear, he even finds a silver lining in a dark cloud that would have ruined vacation for most of us. By the end of the episode it really is clear just how much Vallon loves Aruba.

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EP3 – Investing in the Family with Cindy and Rob O.

In my ongoing quest to find the best guests for One Happy Podcast I was thrilled when Rob and Cindy O from the Aruba.com message boards accepted my invitation. Rob and Cindy have been visiting Aruba with their daughters since 1997 and have over that time accumulated a number of timeshare properties.

As Rob and Cindy gear up for their 19th trip we discuss what made them choose Aruba as a vacation destination as well as what keeps them coming back year after year. Seventeen years ago Cindy and Rob made a decision that would lay the groundwork for a lifetime of harmony, happiness and togetherness. That decision was to make an investment in their family. This is that story,

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EP2 – Aruba Then and Now with Andrea J.

Relatively speaking I’m a newbie when it comes to Aruba vacations, so when I wanted to find out what Aruba was like before it became so popular I knew exactly where to turn. On today’s episode of One Happy Podcast I talk with Andrea James who has been visiting the island for over 30 years.

Over the course of those 30 plus years Andrea has seen Aruba transform from little known Caribbean paradise to one of the most popular Caribbean vacation destinations hosting over 1 million visitors each year. When not in Aruba, Andrea also doubles as one of the “Rockstar” forum moderators over at Aruba.com. Today we talk to Andrea about not only how the island has changed but also what it’s like to tasked with keeping arguably the most active Aruba online community drama and spam free.

Over the course of the 46 minute interview one thing becomes clear… Andrea loves Aruba. Andrea’s passion for her second home definitely shines through and will leave you wanting to book a trip the minute you finish listening.

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