Aruba is the smallest of the Caribbean Islands or ABC Islands as I like to call it.
The airplane icon looks much like the Eiffle Tower of France with a little mustache on it. However, in true retrospect that is where the airport is. I believe Oranjestad probably stands for Orange in Dutch. Straat is probably Dutch or Papiamento for street.
The shape of Aruba looks very similar to that of a cruise ship liner or more like the pectoral fin of a humpback whale.
I was there for a short time as a Pre-Med student from the year 2009. I was the youngest of the bunch there between 17 or 18. At Xavier University School of Medicine. The best part is that there is no MCAT. MCAT stands for Medical College Admissions Test.
I think perhaps if you are a Pirates of the Caribbean movies fan like me, you might be wondering if they may have shot the movie in some kind of Caribbean island.
If by chance you are a Kitchen Bath craftsman designer, an island could also represent a counter top set with bar stools.
Bonaire is the next largest after Aruba and then the 3rd largest is Curacao.
Being in Aruba is great, no snow, outside the hurricane belt strip.
However, it is close to the Equator, meaning the center of the Earth if you were to divide Earth from Top to Bottom.
Journey To The Center of the Earth is also a movie, mind you.
Any country that is near the Equator means that it is super hot and could also be very dry. Also, very little rain is expected here and should be used sparingly.
Aruba’s Theme Song would be the one from the Beach Boys called Kokomo, but Aruba is the first word in the song.
You could probably collect seashells from the white sandy beaches, but be sure that you don’t interrupt the breeding sea turtles that lay their eggs near the sand. Be careful of crabs moving their shells from one to another as their body expands over time. In other words don’t step on them or even the jellyfish that might wash up on shore. If they look dead to you, they probably aren’t as I ran into a situation where some people like to look at the moon during midnight and walk on the sandy beaches, and not realize they may have stepped on a jellyfish and got stung by it. The pain is much like your skin being burned kind of a sensation really.
Aruba is largely known as the Kingdom of the Netherlands. From what I have seen, it could also be like Neverland from Peter Pan as well. The people look as if they never grew old at all in appearance and character.
There is also a place called the Riu Palace and its breathtakingly symmetrical.
Aruba has many ships that come to its harbor. Princess Cruises as well as Coral Princess Cruises.
There is also a Protestant Church there. The service is mostly in Dutch, but they have English translation booklets as well. Most of the Arubans speak a mixture of English, Spanish, and Papiamento.
Tributes to the Bible, it reads:
The book contains
The Mind of God,
The way of salvation,
The doom of sinners,
And the happiness of believers.
Its doctrine is holy,
Its precepts are binding,
Its histories are true,
And its decisions immuntable.
Read it to be wise,
Believe it to be safe.
Practice it to be holy.
It contains light to direct you,
Food to support you,
And comfort to cheer you.
It is the traveler’s map,
The pilgrim’s staff,
The pilot’s compass,
The soldier’s sword
And the Christian’s character.
Here Heaven is opened,
The gates of hell disclosed.
Christ is its subject,
Our good its design,
The glory of God its end.
It should fill the memory,
Rule the heart
And guide the feet.
Read it slowly
It is a mine of wealth,
And a river of pleasure.
It is given to you here in this life,
Will be opened at the judgment
And is established forever.
It involves the highest responsibility,
Will reward the greatest labor,
And condemns all who trifle with its
They also have a festival called Carnival which has been imported from Brazil and Trinidad & Tobago. Its celebrated with parade floats, exquisite costume design attire, fashion shows, and a feast of seafood of all kinds.
Aruba’s Flag is quite beautiful to gaze at as well. Blue to represent the waters. The Red Star looks similar to that of the Star of Bethlehem if you go for Christmas shopping for lights. The Yellow to represent the bright sun shining over above both men and women.
Just take a look at the Aruban Logo. It features a crown on top with a shield underneath. The 2 snakes joined are known as a caduceus, a symbol used in many Pharmaceutical places. It could probably relate back to the time when the Israelite people complained a great deal with Moses’ leadership that they were then poisoned by snakes. However, God told Moses to create a bronze snake and if the people who were poisoned who looked at it, they can be saved. In between the 2 snakes being joined together represents a staff. At the very bottom, it has a beautiful Aruba banner.
The Bad & Ugly
The bad part of Aruba is that there will be these huge iguanas chasing you around everywhere you go. If they land in the food you cook, it can be poisonous.
Another thing I found to be disturbing is that there might be snakes as well as cockroaches also, so be prepared for a great deal of exterminating if you don’t want to share your home with these kinds of critters.
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