Recapping Aruba February 2016 with Maggie G

Joining me today on One Happy Podcast is a guest that many of you are already familiar with… Maggie G. Maggie has appeared on the show a couple of other times and as she is my partner in crime is back to talk about our latest trip to Aruba. This latest trip took place from February 27th through March 7th and this is our recap. The format of this particular episode is our top 3 moments from this trip to paradise.

The way things flow is we each take turns revealing our top 3 moments from the trip. The truth is we probably could record this episode 100 times and come up with 100 different lists. However we have decided to stick with this particular episode because… there was alcohol involved. If you notice a difference in the tone of the show it probably has to do with the fact that this was recorded St. Patrick’s weekend and copious amounts of alcohol were consumed.

This interview lasts just under 40 minutes and the quality of the content actually remained a mystery until just the other day. I mean while I was recording I thought it was fantastic. The question was would it be as good sober? When I finally mustered up the courage to listen I realized it wasn’t nearly the train wreck I thought it would be. In fact actually pretty good with certain parts being hilarious. So with a little encouragement from my friends over at the “Friends of One Happy Podcast” Facebook group I decided to release it (with a bit of editing) for your listening pleasure.

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EP 44: Say Goodbye to Post Aruba Sadness Disorder

Take the test to find out if you have Post Aruba Sadness Disorder

Which of the following best describes your post Aruba vacation routine?

a) After you arrive home from the airport you go to bed
b) While ignoring your pile of bills you drown your sorrows in beer
c) You immerse yourself in the Travel Channel hoping for a show featuring Aruba
d) You realize you hate your home because it’s not in the high or low rise area of the island
e) Two or more of the above
f) None of the above
If you answered anything but “F” you are prone to Post Aruba Sadness Disorder

What is Post Aruba Sadness Disorder (PASD)?

Post Aruba Sadness Disorder is a short to medium term affliction that develops when travelers return to their real lives after having been immersed in the awesomeness that is Aruba.

I recently returned from another visit to the island of Aruba. Just like your typical Aruba vacation this one was fantastic. On a future episode of the show I will be doing a recap of what went down on the island. Truthfully it’s been hard for me to get back to recording as I have been in a bit of a funk. Actually that may be an understatement. Post Aruba Sadness Disorder had completely taken a hold of me and it’s been quite the struggle to come out the other side.

What you will learn on this episode of One Happy Podcast

What Arubaphiles mean by “The Crying Room”
Why unpacking is key to beating PASD
The importance of grocery shopping and cooking
How household chores may be just the pick me up that you need
A full proof way to get rid of Post Aruba Sadness Disorder

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EP43:Gabriella Appreciates All Aruba has to Offer

This episode of One Happy Podcast features is all about getting away from the beaches and getting to know the other part of the island. The majority of tourists who visit Aruba (myself included) chose the island for the beaches. However, my guest on this 43rd episode of One Happy Podcast came to the island for a completely different reason, its history.

Today’s guest Gabriella, already an extensive world traveler first visited the island in 2005 and immediately fell in love. But unlike most of us, it wasn’t the world famous white sand beaches or the highly acclaimed culinary scene that won her over Gabriella fell in love with the history of Aruba. It isn’t that Gabriella doesn’t appreciate the beauty of this happy little island she just chooses to look deeper.

Being an avid photographer Gabriella enjoys getting off the beaten path in search of unique photo opportunities as well as visiting downtown Oranjestad to take it all of its charm and history. During the course of this nearly hour long episode of One Happy Podcast, Gabriella clues us in on many of the sights that go unnoticed by the vast majority of Aruba vacationers.

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EP42: Jay Stull Knows How to Enjoy One Happy Island

Joining me today for the 42nd episode of One Happy Podcast is an Aruba veteran of 18+ trips. Having first visited Aruba for his “Funny moon” in 2001 Jay Stull immediately fell in love with the island of Aruba. Whether it’s the beautiful beaches, ice cold Amstel Bright’s or gentle nature of the island, Jay appreciates Aruba in a way that every visitor should.

While he frequents and loves the Marriott Ocean Club where he and his wife own a timeshare, Jay also has an appreciation for the rest of Aruba. Throughout this conversation Jay clues me in on some Aruba bars and restaurants that are not to be missed. We talk about quite a few restaurants that are rare mentions on the podcast such as Cafe 080 and the Casibari Cafe as well as Aruba staples like Papiamento restaurant.

In total this interview lasts just over 40 minutes and is full of information that not only newbies but those who have been visiting the island for many years will appreciate. Whether you want to pick up a bit of the local language, learn a quick way to do a florin to dollar conversion or hear a rundown of some of the best casual dining spots on the island; this is the episode for you.

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EP41: Exploring Aruba with the Dion Family

Joining me today on One Happy Podcast is a whole group of guests, the Dion family. That’s right today I have 4 guests willing to share their Aruba story. More accurately I guess I should say four-fifths of the Dion family as Rich, the dad could not make it. However in his absence Jacki (mom), Brianna (daughter), Jason and Michael (sons) do an exceptional job telling us all about their Aruba.

The Dion’s have been visiting Aruba for about 10 years and currently are timeshare owners at LaCabana which is described by Brianna as being the best resort on the island. Typically traveling with a group that can range anywhere for a handful to a bus-full of people (their largest group totaled more than 50) the Dion’s love being able to spend quality family time on the island they all care for so much. In this episode we discuss what it means to be able to take a family vacation. Also I learn more about the LaCabana resort and its grounds.

As amazing as it sounds, this episode isn’t only about what goes on at LaCabana. On episode 41 we also talk about things the Dion’s like to do away from the Eagle Beach area. Aruba has so much to offer and the Dion’s take full advantage of it. Depending on mood, sometimes they go exploring the backside of the island, snorkeling at DePalm Island or enjoying one of the many fantastic restaurants that Aruba has to offer. No matter what they are doing its clear the Dion’s love to have a great time. If you are someone who is looking to take a family vacation to the island of Aruba, this is the episode for you

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