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Hi all, we landed yesterday on Curacao and, as is my usual pattern, I will be posting every so often to report on our trip. We rented a compact car from Alamo ($219/week - internet). Of course we got totally lost finding our hotel from the airport. You are given a very nice map, which made no sense to me at all. But that's the nice thing about islands, you can't get too lost. There are a lot of small side streets and one way streets. But eventually we found our way to the Royal Sea Aquarium Resort.

Check in was seamless and our room has a small balcony overlooking the Sea Aquarium, so we can watch the dolphins. The lobby has an awesome coffee machine where you can choose espresso, capucchino, etc. anytime you want. We opted for the cheapest room ($240/night), but it was plenty comfortable. Two double beds a bathroom, tub/shower, separate sink area and walk in closet with safe. There is small kitchenette with a small microwave and fridge. There is A/C which we use during the day, but at night we turned it off and had a heavenly 10 hour sleep with the balcony door open to the sound of the waves. No bugs - hallelujah! But the best part is the pool area. There are three wicker "beds" each with their own white canopy tent free for the guests to use. My hubby and I are ensconsed on one right now. There is almost never anyone here in the pool area and that is where I am writing from, since there is wireless internet here.

Last night we walked over to the Lion's Dive and had dinner at Hemmingway's. I am a mojito freak and they served me the best mojito (OK, let's be honest - mojito's, PLURAL) I have ever had, even better than my own! I had a great Cobb salad, which had tender sirloin and fantastic Danish blue cheese and Georg had chicken saltimboca (sp?). We each had two drinks and the meals and it came to $65 US. A trio serenaded us with mellow music, Sade, Mariah, etc. It's a great setting and we will definitely be back.

I was, in fact, back the next morning for my workout at the fitness club. Royal Resorts offers a week's admission for $20. Nice little club, air conditioned, thank goodness. We drove to the local supermarket and picked up some staples for our little kitchen. It is only a five minute, easy drive. Picked up some nice cheese, bread, rum and Curacao liquor - haven't had it but gotta try it.

We'll try to veg today and maybe see a little of the island tomorrow. Feel free to ask any questions, I'll try to answer them.

Danke (thanks) for reading.
Maggi

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