EP25: Charlene Richardson Thinks of Aruba as Her Second Home

On today’s episode of One Happy Podcast I am being joined by long time Aruba visitor Charlene Richardson who has been traveling to the island of Aruba since 1997. Since then Charlene has developed a relationship with the island that has made it feel like a second home. In fact, eventually Charlene plans on retiring in Aruba, but until then she settles for visiting 3 times per year.
In this episode Charlene shares with us how she has come to fall in love with the island as well as how her tastes in accommodations have changed over the years. Since Charlene stays on Aruba for multiple weeks she is in the unique position to enjoy her stay at the Aruba Marriott as a timeshare owner while also staying at various other resorts around the island.

Of course as someone who has been visiting the island for 18 years she has developed a love for certain Aruba restaurants. That isn’t to say she always dines at the same places each trip as Charlene prides herself on visiting different establishments each visit. Now as a result of having developed a friendship with fellow New Englander turned permanent Aruba resident Cheryl Talcof (Episode 19) her exposure to the entire island has to offer has increased exponentially.

Throughout this interview you will get to know Charlene and the island of Aruba through Charlene’s experiences on the island. If you are looking to get an idea of what activities and restaurants Aruba has to offer you really should carve out a half hour of your time to give this episode a listen.

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EP24:Family Friends and Food in Aruba with Diana Brown

Joining me today on One Happy Podcast is Diana Brown. Diana is an Aruba-phile that was first introduced to the island many years ago as a result of her Grandmother being a long time timeshare owner. Although her relationship with the island started off rocky, over the years it has progressed to the point where Aruba has become like a second home to her. These days she makes the trip from California to the Caribbean more often than she does to her native New York.
Some of you may know Diana from a few of the Aruba Facebook groups where she can be seen dispensing information on a variety of topics. Anyone who makes 3 trips each year to Aruba is bound to have picked up a load of information along the way and she is always very generous in sharing. This interview is just one more instance of her giving back to the Aruba vacationer’s community.

Over the course of this interview Diana and I talk about everything from best practices to use when renting a villa to who has the best Sangria on the island. Of course the highlight of the episode is the eye of the hurricane where I hit Diana with a series of questions and we find out a ton of information. Will she be able to weather the storm?

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EP23: Aruba 30 years in the Making with Marcia and Ray Frost

Joining me for this week’s episode of One Happy Podcast are Marcia and Ray Frost. Marcia and Ray have been married for 35 years and have been in love with Aruba since they got married back in 1980… but they have only been visiting Aruba for 5 years. You may be asking, how can that be, but it really is a demonstration of the power of Aruba.
Since celebrating their 30th anniversary in Aruba in 2010, Marcia and Ray have been back 3 more times, most recently just about 2 weeks ago. During their 4 trips they have stayed at many different properties ranging from all-inclusive to off the beaten part bed and breakfast. They have been all over the island and seen many places most tourists never visit. In short Marcia and Ray have quite a story. Luckily they were kind enough to spend an hour with me discussing their various adventures in Aruba.

If you are the sort of traveler that enjoys discovering new experiences while on vacation you will really enjoy this episode. If you aren’t that sort of traveler the good news is Ray and Marcia have such fun loving attitudes that you will have a ball just listening to them tell their Aruba stories.

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EP22: The Undersea World of Sue Basler

This episode of One Happy Podcast, Aruba’s Officially Unofficial Podcast features Sue Basler. An avid scuba diver and golfer, Sue first discovered Aruba in 2004 and immediately fell in love. On that trip to Aruba, Sue and her husband purchased a timeshare from a fellow diver at the Renaissance Ocean Suites. Since 2006 they have been returning to paradise annually, staying 3 weeks at a time.
Those of you interested in getting off the Palm Beach strip and enjoying other parts of Aruba will love hearing about Oranjestad, the capital city of Aruba. Being that the Renaissance is located in the downtown area Sue points out some of the highlights that so many visitors of Aruba fail to experience.

If you are a diver or aspire to be a diver you will gain additional value from this episode. In addition being an Aruba diver for more than a decade, Sue also dives all over the world. Here she discusses what makes diving in Aruba so different and special compared to other dive sites.

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EP21:Aruba Ray Brings Comedy Back to Aruba

Joining me this week on One Happy Podcast is comedian Aruba Ray Ellin. Some of you may remember Ray from his first appearance on episode 7 “Aruba Ray Ellin Brings Comedy to One Happy Island”. During that show we learned all about how Ray discovered and subsequently fell in love with Aruba.

On this episode Ray is back to discuss his comedy show which is taking place June 9th through July 9th in the Amsterdam Ballroom at the Marriott Stellaris Casino. During this half hour episode we talk about the comedians coming down this time around as well Ray’s take on a couple of about excursions and restaurants.

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