EP20: Andrea James Goes Bananas in Aruba

Joining me on this 20th episode of One Happy Podcast the Officially Unofficial Podcast of the Island of Aruba is a guest many of you are already familiar with, Andrea James. Andrea was a guest on episode number 2 of the show and there she shared the story of how she fell in love with Aruba. Well, Andrea is just back from a trip she took in May and is here to share that little adventure with the rest of us.
Normally Andrea stays at one of the resorts on the island but this time she switched things up by staying someplace off the beaten path, Banana Apartments. Over the course of this episode Andrea tells us all about Bananas, a couple of different restaurants and a few activities she and her husband Paul enjoyed during their two week stay.

Andrea has 35 years of experience visiting Aruba and being able to tap into a bit of the knowledge she has accumulated over the years is definitely a treat. The first episode with Andrea got great feedback and I am positive you all will enjoy this one just as much, if not more.

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EP19: Relocating to Aruba With Cheryl Talcof

Joining me for this 19th episode of One Happy Podcast is Cheryl Talcof. Having first visited Aruba in 1972 Cheryl had visited the island for 40 years right up until the time she decided to make a permanent move. Now she lives there year round and is here to tell us about about what it’s like for a North American living on Aruba.

Throughout this episode Cheryl takes us on a journey that begins with her visiting a little known piece of rock in the Caribbean all the way through her permanent move to the island. Over the course of this interview you gain an insight into Aruba that not many tourists will ever know.

Sure we have all dreamt of making the move from our normal lives to a dream life in paradise but Cheryl actually did it. If this is a dream that you have had you will definitely want to listen to this episode to see if moving is something you truly want to pursue further. If you have already decided that relocating is something you WILL be doing in the future then you definitely will want to hear everything Cheryl has to say about life in Aruba.

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EP18: Aruba Marriott, Music, Wildlife and Dutch Pancakes with Lori and Chloe Donlan

Joining me on this 18th episode of One Happy Podcast are two phenomenal guests, Lori Donlan and her very talented 8 year old daughter Chloe. Lori first visited Aruba in 2004 and since then has been back 7 times, 2 of them with Chloe.

Even though Chloe is only 8 she has traveled pretty extensively but absolutely loves Aruba, so much that she actually wrote a song about Aruba. Chloe and Lori are animal lovers and have visited many of the different animal centered attractions of Aruba and we’ll hear all about that. In addition we hear about the Aruba Marriot Surf Club and their kids club program that gets extremely high marks from 8 year old Chloe.

If you travel or are planning to travel to Aruba with small children, this is an episode of One Happy Podcast that simply don’t want to miss.

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EP17: Returning to Where it Started with James Haroutunian

Today on One Happy Podcast it is my pleasure to present to you an episode I did with a wonderful guy, James Haroutunian. James is a Massachusetts native who first visited Aruba 14 years ago as a newlywed for his honeymoon with his beautiful wife Amy. Well now they are returning to the island for the first time since then with their two incredible children Isabelle and Jack.

This interview is very special as it actually takes place in two parts. During the first half you will hear about how they spent that first trip. James takes us back in time and we explore the island through his eyes. Then we talk about the expectations he has for this upcoming trip. Then in the second half of the interview James returns to fill us in on where Aruba is as special as he remembers.

Throughout the interview we also are joined by a couple of very special guests who offer their opinions on our favorite vacation destination.

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EP16: Heather and Adam Visit the Wild Side of Aruba

Joining me today on One Happy Podcast is another fantastic guest. On this episode of the officially unofficial podcast of Aruba I am being joined by the incredibly talented Connecticut photographer Heather Hudson.

Heather is a newcomer to Aruba who just returned from a trip where she and her husband Adam were in Aruba to celebrate a very special occasion, Adam’s birthday. While they were there to relax, have a great time and celebrate somewhere along the way they ended up becoming full blown members of our tribe of Arubaphiles.

Although the Marriot was their home base they didn’t stay glued to the resort grounds. In the middle of their stay Heather and Adam rented a jeep so they could explore the other side of the island. They even managed to make that treacherous drive to the Natural Pool. In this 16th episode of One Happy Podcast you will hear all about their exploration, restaurants visited and of course why you should visit Aruba.

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EP15: Rescuing Aruba’s Dogs with Marie Geerman

Joining me today on episode 15 of “One Happy Podcast – the Officially Unofficial Podcast of the Island of Aruba” is longtime Aruba-phile Marie Geerman. Marie has been traveling to Aruba for nearly 30 years and even lived there for about a decade. Being that Marie is married to an Aruban and has an Aruban born son saying she has a special connection to the island would be a gross understatement.

Marie’s connection actually goes much further than the people who are important to her, the animals of Aruba also occupy a very large space in her heart. When visiting Aruba it’s hard to not notice the stray dogs roaming the streets eeking out an existence. When Marie made the move to Aruba she did more than just notice these animals… alot more.

Through the course of this episode you will hear all about Marie’s connection and dedication to those animals. A dedication that started in the early 90’s and continues to this very day. Now this isn’t your typical episode of One Happy Podcast. While I hope every episode touches you in some way, none of them will touch you quite like this episode.

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EP14: Daniel Putkowski Takes Us An Island Away

Joining me on this episode of One Happy Podcast is best selling Author Daniel Putkowski. Daniel is the author of several books including the iconic aruba based An Island Island Away and its followup Under a Blue Flag. Additionally Daniel also has a fantastic travel blog called the Bentpage that is one of my favorite sources for information about the part of Aruba that is off the tourist trail.

Daniel first visited the island more than 20 years ago on business and has been going back nearly every year ever since. Due to the way he was introduced to Aruba, Daniel was welcomed into the Aruba social scene in a way not many can claim. It was this insiders of Aruba and particularly the once booming refinery town of San Nicolaas that made his first book An Island Away so authentically awesome!

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EP13: Alyssa and Louis Take a Holiday Inn Aruba

Joining me on this episode of One Happy podcast is a repeat guest, the multi-talented Louis Johnson. Louis was a guest on episode 6 of the show but this time has brought along a surprise, Aruba first-timer his lovely girlfriend Alyssa.

Back in February Alyssa and Louis were fortunate enough to be able to escape the harsh New York winter for an incredible week at the Palm Beach Aruba Holiday Inn. They picked a great time as the Northeast United States was pelted once again pretty much as soon as they touched down

On this episode you will hear Alyssa and Louis talk about the Aruba Holiday Inn and the recent changes (both good and bad) they’ve made, Aruba Carnival, snorkeling at Baby Beach and much more. If you ask me the real treat you get to see it through the eyes of a newbie.

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EP12: Stephen’s Excellent Aruba Culinary Experience

Joining me today on One Happy Podcast is International man of mystery Stephen from Toronto or act1966 if you are a member of the forums at aruba.com. A lover of Aruba, Stephen was kind enough to stop by the podcast to talk about why he feels Aruba is special.

On this episode you will hear Stephen and I talk about what its like to go from subzero temperatures to the constant meteorological perfection of Aruba. You will also hear about some of the benefits to renting a villa, something I know many of you have questions about.

One of the big focuses of this episode of One Happy Podcast is the Aruba restaurant scene. Stephen and I discuss just how amazing it is that an island so small is able to provide such an outstanding culinary experience. If you are a foodie this is definitely an episode you won’t want to miss.

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Ep11: Maggie G and “Aruba” Curt Narrowly Escape the Snow March 2015

On this episode of One Happy Podcast, the officially unofficial podcast of Aruba I am joined once again by Maggie G. Some of you may remember Maggie from the very first episode of the show “Beach Bumming in Aruba with Maggie G”. Well we just recently returned from another trip and thought a review of some of the highlights needed to be done. Those of you who have listened to other episodes may notice that on these show notes I have time stamped topics so if you are interested in a particular topic you can just fast forward to the time listed in parentheses.

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