Prepared to Grill!

After several delays, I’ve finally got my grill together and supplied with copious amounts of liquid propane fuel. This is a nice unit, one I shipped to Aruba last year. Take a look.

grillauaI set it up in the little courtyard outside my house. I’ll be adding some seating, a table, a few tiki lights and be ready to go. Nothing like cooking over a flame. Takes you right back to caveman days and tastes good, too.

Bon dia from Aruba.

Published in: on March 3, 2009 at 3:31 pm  Comments (1)  
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Aruba Maps

Until recently there were very few good maps of Aruba. Yes, it is a small island. Nonetheless, you can get lost here, which can be fun or annoying depending upon your purpose. Well, I was in the Samsom Bookstore the other day and found this Guia di Caya, or street guide as it is known in English.

auamap1This is quite a good resource. For example: If you’re looking for your friend’s house, especially that friend who has invited you to visit his home in Aruba but told you it was EASY to find. He might have said, turn left at the Divi tree, right at the big rock, go about half a mile then turn right again by the third cactus on the left. If this is the case, you definitely want this book.

Seriously… let’s say you would like to buy a home on the island and you’ve been looking through the listings. You’ll be able to see individual neighborhoods, whether or not the roads are paved or packed dirt, and how they fit into the larger scheme of the island.

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The page above shows the De Bruynewijk area of Savaneta. The red line in the center of the right page is the main highway. The gray lines are paved secondary roads and the yellow lines are dirt roads. As you can see, some house numbers are listed, but not all of them. You’ll also note that house numbers are not sequential. It is my quest to convince the powers that be in Aruba to name all the streets and assign sequential numbers. The lack of them plays havoc with deliveries. It’s quaint until you spend half a day waiting for something that could have arrived in mere minutes.

Once again, I found this book at the Samsom Book Store on L.G. Smith Boulevard, across from the container port. The book was situated on a series of shelves under the heading “Aruba History.” Cost was rather expensive, $25.00 US. Given the price of gasoline, it is probably well worth it.

Bon dia from Aruba.

Published in: on January 14, 2009 at 11:10 am  Leave a Comment  
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San Fuego Residence, Aruba

San Fuego Residence in Aruba is a small development located near the center of the island. It is also at one of the highest points on the island. The houses being built here have the advantage of fronting a brand new concrete road as well. Lot sizes range from 1,000 square meters to over 3,000 square meters (about 1/4 to nearly a full acre.) I made this short video to show three houses under construction. You’ll see the foundation of one, roof details of another, and a complete roof on the final one. People ask me about home construction here in Aruba and I hope this video answers some questions.

The fortunate owners of these homes will soon be enjoying the steady breeze and beautiful views that can be found in San Fuego. I would build a two-story home here because from the second floor it is possible to see all the way to the Caribbean. Similarly, this would be a great place to have an amateur telescope to view the stars and planets. Many nights are clear and given that there aren’t many houses in this area, there is very little light to ruin your star gazing.

Having a home in Aruba is a wonderful thing, especially if you find a place like San Fuego which is more “authentic” than a huge development in other spots. Here things are quiet, casual, and welcoming as opposed noisy and hectic. Choose your vacation home wisely, don’t compromise your goals, and do frequent inspections during construction.

Bon dia from Aruba.

Published in: on January 12, 2009 at 12:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Modern Apartments, Aruba

This post shows a modern apartment building that is under construction in Oranjestaad, Aruba. In other posts, I showed cunucu houses, ruins, and things of that nature. It’s only right to show something a bit out of the ordinary. This structure is built directly across the street from the Caribbean Sea. There isn’t really a beach there, but at some points you could clamber down to the water.

The sign above gives you an idea of the finished product. There is to be one apartment per floor, with parking at ground level, two spots per apartment. Some people don’t like this sort of thing cropping up on the island. They think it is out of character or too large. I don’t have no opinion with regards to that. Progress is inevitable. Without progress, you’ll have decline. It is impossible to remain in a constant state. Here’s a look at the conceptual drawings of each apartment.

One way or another, those five apartments will be occupied. The location isn’t bad. It’s on the far side of town in relation to the new shopping mall and many new restaurants. However, that may appeal to someone who wants to live there as opposed to vacation on the island. It is also more accessible to the airport, a benefit to a local business person with off-island dealings.

Whatever your preference, the good thing about Aruba is that there are plenty of options.

Published in: on August 19, 2008 at 10:28 am  Leave a Comment  
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