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Ahhhhhhruba. That’s how I felt when I got off the plane. I know this might sound funny to some people, but diving trips are hard work! We left Bonaire happy but exhausted — in seven days we did seven dives, went on two snorkeling adventures, took a yoga class, survived a cave tour, drove up to the north of the island, and threw a surprise bachelorette party! All of which is to explain that when we got to Aruba, we had absolutely nothing on the agenda other than hanging out at the Divi Aruba All Inclusive. I’m sure I’ll return to Aruba someday for adventures — but this mini-trip was all about rest and relaxation.

After a three nights in Aruba I returned to New York City with exactly two weeks to go before saying goodbye to the East Coast for the rest of the year. Vacation is officially over, and I’m in lockdown mode while I pack, plan and prepare for my big West Coast adventure. Till next time, here’s Photo of the Week!

Photo A

Aruba BoatWelcome to Aruba!

Photo B

Aruba Travel BlogHanging at the Divi Aruba with my new Tieks!

Photo C

Island SUP ArubaKristin showing off at Island Yoga

Photo D

Divi Aruba All InclusiveSoaking up island vibes

Photo E

Watersports ArubaGotta end it on this silly selfie with my girls!

Which photo is your favorite?

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  • Melanie Fontaine
    August 10 2015

    My favorite picture is Photo D for no other reason then that it depicts exactly what I want to be doing right now! Hanging out at a beautiful resort right next to a beautiful resort sounds just about perfect right now, but unfortunately I’m going to have to hang out in the library this month! πŸ˜‰ Enjoy the East Coast and good luck preparing for the next leg of your adventure! πŸ™‚
    Melanie Fontaine recently posted..My Summer Travel Plans

    • Alex
      August 11 2015

      Thanks Melanie! I hope your library has air con and a nice view… I actually reminisce sometimes about my college one!

  • julie
    August 10 2015

    omg photo cccccccccccccccccccccc!! that is awesome

    • Alex
      August 11 2015

      Talented lady, right? πŸ™‚

  • erin
    August 10 2015

    love C

    but i love that you’re staying at Divi Aruba — we stayed there for my wedding/honeymoon part 1. second part was occidental (worst idea ever)

    people at Divi/Tamarjin were amazing!

    • Alex
      August 11 2015

      Oh that’s awesome, Erin! At least the first part — what went wrong with the second? And I agree, the staff at Divi were super friendly and fun.

      • Erin
        August 12 2015

        Oh we stayed at the occidental — they weren’t as friendly. and it didn’t feel like i was in aruba because nearly everything was inside. the pool was crowded. the beach was always packed — we usually went to another beach. and the food was eh considering we enjoyed the food at Divi, and we’re totally low maintenance people, easy to please!

        • Alex
          August 12 2015

          It was amazing how the beach never felt too crowded at Divi, even when they were at full capacity. Loved that!

  • Janice Stringer
    August 10 2015

    Photo B – because I could do with laying by that pool RIGHT NOW!
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    • Alex
      August 11 2015

      I’ll meet you there πŸ˜‰

      • Janice Stringer
        August 12 2015

        Hi Alex,
        I’ve just come back from a swim in the Thames Estuary – near where I live in Southend on Sea. It’s no way near as exotic as the pool and place in the photograph where you have been but it was really lovely. Would have been great to share a little bit of my England with You! πŸ™‚
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  • Ashley
    August 10 2015

    Love photo C – that’s an impressive pose!
    Ashley recently posted..Expat in Edinburgh: Month 3

  • Sarah
    August 10 2015

    Photo A! Love the font!

    • Alex
      August 11 2015

      I just love hand-painted anything!

  • Kacy
    August 10 2015

    Gorgeous! I’m loving Photo A. Those clear waters and a boat are all I need to be happy (even if I’m not on the boat, haha). It sounds like relaxing weekend as definitely in order. 7 dives in 7 days sounds exhausting for sure!
    Kacy recently posted..[Food + Wine] Wins of the Week

    • Alex
      August 11 2015

      Mixed in with all the rest, it was πŸ™‚ But we sure saw an amazing amount of that island!

  • Marni
    August 10 2015

    I am crazy impressed by Photo C, and Photo E is ridiculously adorable, but Photo D wins it for me this week. It’s completely picturesque!

    • Alex
      August 11 2015

      Isn’t it? Kind of wish I could teleport myself back there right now!

  • Joella
    August 10 2015

    Got to go with C! I’m still keeping my yoga and SUP separate for now haha but one day I’ll be doing this πŸ™‚
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    • Camels & Chocolate
      August 11 2015

      If you can headstand on the ground, I assure you that you can do it on a board! It’s actually a lot easier than it looks πŸ˜‰
      Camels & Chocolate recently posted..The VIP Experience on Bonaire

    • Alex
      August 11 2015

      Don’t listen to Kristin. She’s crazy.

  • Steve
    August 10 2015

    It’s going to be the yoga pose, photo c
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    • Alex
      August 11 2015

      It was a worthwhile excursion off the resort grounds… our one and only, ha!

  • Joy
    August 10 2015

    What cities are you hitting up on your West Coast Adventure?!

    • Alex
      August 11 2015

      Hey Joy! I’m heading to Las Vegas, The Grand Canyon, Page, Reno, Black Rock City, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Palm Springs!

  • Beautiful colors!! Love this, thanks for sharing.

    Happy travels πŸ™‚
    Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren recently posted..Top 3 Summer Foodie Events in Los Angeles

    • Alex
      August 11 2015

      You are so welcome, Lauren! Thanks for reading!

  • Britt
    August 11 2015

    Definitely Photo A for me.

    I love the simplicity of the photo. Nothing but that one lonely boat in the frame.
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    • Alex
      August 11 2015

      You can’t even see the high rises behind me πŸ˜‰

  • Diane
    August 11 2015

    Gotta go with B. I’m all about the Tieks and have the same gold ones. πŸ˜‰
    Diane recently posted..How to have a bad experience in France

    • Alex
      August 11 2015

      I’m loving them — they just go with absolutely everything!

  • Andrea
    August 11 2015

    A, there’s something distinct and bold and inviting. It looks good enough to include in a media advertisement. Though I have to say they all make me want to get on a plane and head to the beach.
    Andrea recently posted..Free Things to do in Budapest

    • Alex
      August 11 2015

      It doesn’t take much for me to say the same πŸ™‚ I’m always up for some sand time!

  • Leah
    August 11 2015

    Photo E is adorable! Love the faces. I’m exhausted just reading about your Bonaire trip! Glad you got to follow it up with some R&R.
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    • Alex
      August 11 2015

      As were we, Leah, as were we πŸ˜‰

  • Susan
    August 11 2015

    I love that first photo! The colors are so fantastic. And I love your new Tieks! I just tried a pair, too, and really really really wanted to love them, but they weren’t perfect on me. I’m still tempted to try another color – maybe that would help. Let me know how they hold up!

    • Alex
      August 11 2015

      I’m actually wearing them as I type this! I’ve been looking for a really reliable pair of flats — usually I just buy them at Target and they do tend to fall apart pretty quickly. Hoping these stand the test of time!

  • Hannah Marfil
    August 11 2015

    I particularly love Photo D. I love the beach but sadly I can’t go back as often as I would to like to some of fave beaches.
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    • Alex
      August 11 2015

      It’s good to have favorites. I always want to go back to the same places over and over again… it’s going to be hard to make time for new ones, someday!

  • Camels & Chocolate
    August 11 2015

    OMG photo E absolutely cracks me up. Can we redo the 100% bouncy couch all over again, please? πŸ˜‰
    Camels & Chocolate recently posted..The VIP Experience on Bonaire

    • Alex
      August 11 2015

      Ha, oh my gosh… that guy was a trip. What a fun twenty minutes that was πŸ™‚

  • Angie Away
    August 11 2015

    Not enough people are choosing E. Fear does not sell, haha. BEST TRIP EVER!

    Chicken nugget, chicken nugget, chicken nugget, heart, octopus, dancing girls, dancing girls.
    Angie Away recently posted..My “Fintastic” Surprise Bonaire Bachelorette Party

  • Leigh
    August 11 2015

    All fantastic photos – have to go with C, simply for the mad yoga skills! Looking forward to your West Coast trip….I might actually recognize some places!
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    • Alex
      August 11 2015

      I’m looking forward to it as well… unprepared as I may be!

  • Rashaad
    August 12 2015

    I choose Photo A – there’s someone about a boat bearing the name of a city, town, island that I like
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    • Alex
      August 14 2015

      It definitely makes for great blog content πŸ™‚

  • Pamela
    October 20 2015

    Photo A because the fonts and styles are looking very nice and also the boat is bearing a name of a city and a beautiful island.
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    • Alex
      October 23 2015

      I was so excited when I saw it πŸ™‚ It’s like it was made for Instagram!

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