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An amazing artist (and friend of mine) invited my husband and I to Aruba to hang out while she shot her music video.  She shot the majority of the video before we got there, and shot a scene or two after we had arrived.  I had never been to Aruba, and I was really impressed.  While she set up for the shots in the cave, we did some sightseeing.  It looked like scenes from a National Geographic special!  There are a lot of untouched, beautiful spots in Aruba!  The water is crystal clear in most spots.  It was during Carnival time, so we went to the lightening parade, which was amazing.  If you are from Aruba or have visited, see if you can recognize the different places that she shot the video in...  http://www.youtube.com/v/WpsHTdPTUGQ

Where should you stay in Aruba? There are so many wonderful hotels, but I can only speak for where we stayed. We were at the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - Beach Resort and Casino. The beach and the water were outstanding. We selected an all inclusive package, so we didn't have to budget for anything. We rented a car and did some sightseeing. Someone tapped it in a parking lot, and we had to file a police report. That was an interesting experience to say the least.

Three things I found out that on that trip that you need to know:

  1. Most people speak English, but many people also speak papiamento which began in the 1500s to enable African slaves to communicate with their owners who had fled the Spanish Inquisition according to VisitAruba.com.
  2. Police reports are in Dutch. Someone hit our rental car and ran, so we had to make a police report. That was pretty frustrating. If insurance is available on your rental, get it.
  3. The lightening parade is amazing. Find out more about it here: Aruba's Lightening Parade

See anything you recognize in the video?  Tell us in the comments!