Thursday, April 5, 2012


James and I decided that we needed one last vacation before we become parents. After doing a lot of research, James decided on Aruba and, based on the recommendation of a friend, Curacao (Kira-sow). It was one of the best vacations we've had. We spent about 10 days on the Islands and enjoyed every minute of it.

The first part of our vacation was on Curacao. We rented a car because there's virtually no public transportation (even though there's a bus stop every 100 feet), and we discovered that there are pretty much no street signs. Luckily the island is pretty small and it's hard to get too lost. It was only by divine providence that we found our hotel the first night, but after that, we didn't have too much of a terrible time finding our way around.

Beach at our hotel
We stayed at the Blue Bay Resort which has villas and apartments. James booked us a one bedroom apartment which was so nice to have. We had a full kitchen so we could eat most of our meals at the hotel. 

The first day, we mostly just hung out at the beach and explored the island just a little. We also found the grocery store and purchased way too much food for two people in one week (I may have been a little hungry and wanted to try everything).

We also went to Willemstad and looked at all the cute historic buildings and the floating pedestrian bridge.

On the 27th, we got up early and went on a hike. Everyone told us that it was just an hour up and a hour back to the top of this:

They were dirty rotten liars. It took us over three hours and there's no way we could have taken enough water. My pregnant body was just not up for the hike because most of the trail looked like this:

And the very end of the so called trail, looked like this:

But the view from the  top looked like this:

By the time we finished our hike, we were absolutely exhausted, but we were close to a beach we wanted to see so we decided to visit it and try our hand at snorkeling. I've always thought that snorkeling was lame, but we had a great time just observing the fish. The best part of snorkeling was floating in the water and holding James' hand while we pointed out fish to one another.

We were so amazed at the different fish that were swimming around us. Unfortunately, we didn't have an underwater camera, so you'll have to take our word for it, but here's a picture of the beach :)

We loved snorkeling so much that James decided it is the gateway drug to scuba diving. Guess who's going to be scuba certified before our next beach vacation?

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