Friday, April 8, 2016

Day 2367 - Aruba

Could this be the most far reached place I've ever visited?

Aruba. True story! Not stolen from a tourist magazine.  This is for realz.

To go anywhere overseas Aussies have got to travel a great distance.

Not counting our New Zealand and island neighbours, even the closest international destinations are at least ten hours away.

Aussies can travel up to 25 or more hours just in flying time to get to a point on the map.

I've personally never travelled further than the USA so my trips to the east coast are usually around 28 hours if you take airport time into consideration.  Until now.

Right now the hubster and I are on a little desert island called Aruba.  Yes, it actually exists.

Aruba is three hours flight time south of Florida and about fifteen miles just off the coast of Venezuela.

It's not a destination we would have personally chosen, but we're definitely not complaining.  He was awarded this trip (with a hundred or so other employees) by the company he works for in celebration of a job well done.

He works for a global US owned company who rewards high sales by inviting their star performers to join the President's Club.

As far as "way out there" locations are concerned Aruba is definitely the most far reached place I've ever visited.

It's also one of the most barren.

When you think of the Caribbean you think tropical.  Well, at least I do.  Not so for Aruba.  Aruba is actually a desert island that has absolutely no fresh water.  Not a river, nor stream.  Not a dam or lake. All water on Aruba is accessed via desalinization of water sourced from the Caribbean Sea.  In fact, they own the 2nd largest desalinization plant in the world.

Isn't that interesting?

Anyway, here we are staying at the Ritz-Carlton on Palm Beach looking out at the most amazing turquoise ocean next to white white sand.  There is not a wave.  Just pure clear water gently lapping the beach at a tepid temperature that even I am happy to wade into.

After spending 35 or so hours getting here (flight time and airport time) I do believe this may well be the most far reached place I've ever visited.

What's the furthest place you've ever travelled?

Have you ever seen water this gorgeous?

Who else is now singing the Beach Boy's Kokomo song?

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  1. Beautiful! I haven't been overseas yet, so Broome is the furthest I've been- from Sydney!

  2. Gee, that looks fabulous and you're still blogging on holiday? High five to you! Having spent the best part of the last 14 years travelling between London and Sydney, I'd say that's the furthest I've travelled and after 24 hours plus on a plane, that's quite far enough thank you very much!

  3. Wow - lucky you! It looks amazing! The furtherest I have travelled is Singapore - yep I know but at least I have been overseas ... just! ;-)

  4. Oh my god Leanne, those pictures are amazing. I saw some of the white sand and blue water on Facebook. It's just stunning.

    I hope you have a wonderful time!

  5. Leanne this looks absolutely beautiful and what I really need right now. Maybe if I close my eyes and sit by the heater, I could be there.

  6. Stunning shots and a wonderful place by the looks of it....and soooooo far from the 'Berra! Have fun, Leanne! Denyse x

  7. Well done to your husband for achieving this reward. I hope you both continue to enjoy yourselves in this absolutely stunning location. I think Aussies are rather intrepid travellers on the whole. Maybe this is borne from necessity!!


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