Here I am at Palm beach, sand on my back and trying to figure out what it is that Aruba visitors want to read about? We have gone all over the restaurant thing, haven’t we? We all know that this tiny rock floating in the Caribbean is loaded with an endless supply of assorted fine dining experiences.
Maybe I should talk about the beach. After all, walking these shores that are in front of me and knowing that there is a love affair going on between my feet and the bubbling surf is a nice thing. That should be interesting. Actually, that’s been done as well.
I see boats far out bouncing on the waves. They are tiny white specs hunting fish. What they don’t know is the fish will win. The hunters will love every minute of it and tell stories about the one that got away.
That’s not really a secret is it? So, what is it that the visitors want to know about? What is it that the repeat visitor has seen so many times that he no longer sees it?
It slowly comes to me. It is the us on this island that makes us who we are. And it is the we that has taken an arid barren rock and somehow turned it into “One Happy Island”.
If you ask me, the essence of it is that Aruba is not an island, no – it is a people. A humanity that was here before tourism and when confronted with it, took it on with open arms. No gripes, no moans and no sour faces. Just a warm welcome and an invitation to walk our shores and hunt our fish.
The difference is that there was once an invitation to come to our homes and allow us, we, the people of Aruba to do the cooking.
With time and the changes that come along with it, the invitation that was once so easily said is now a soft thought, and that is a wonderful thing. Why? During these times, it is highly unusual to even think of inviting a visiting tourist to your home. But we, the us, the humanity of this rock called Aruba did that.
Maybe I’ll write about that. Would they understand that kind of acceptance by humble island dwellers of their visitors from far away? The answer to that is yes!
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