During the night, the ship has sailed on to Oranjestad, Aruba. Because it is Palm Sunday in a predominately Catholic country, almost all businesses are shut down. But the women have reserved a ride on a jet boat that will be available. They get on the boat and are soon ďtreatedĒ to fast spins with lots of water drenching them. Everyone is laughing at the fun. Soon the pilot announces they will be coming close to a ship that was sunk off shore. It is named the California. He informs everyone that it is not the USS California that received a distress call from the Titanic. This boat was a fruit boat that sank.
Donita: That ride was so much fun, but I am
soaked! Letís go back to the ship to change
Sandra: Maybe by the time we get there, the sun
will have dried our clothes.
Donita: Thatís true. Letís find out if one of the
museums is open. I really like visiting one in
every country. (They continue walking down the
Sandra: It is fun and we can learn so much about
the people and their history. Look! Isnít that a
museum? (Pointing to a small brick building.)
Letís go inside. My clothes are dry enough.
(They go inside.)
Donita: (Reading a sign.) ďArchaeological digs
seem to indicate humans reached Aruba about 4,
500 years ago. Only a a few shards of pottery
and fossilized implements are relics that have
been found in the Arikok National Park.Ē (They
walk through the museum while looking in the
Sandra: ďThe name, Aruba, could have come from
the Spanish phrase Alonso de Ojeda spoke to
Queen Isabella. In 1499 after claiming the area
for her, he stated, ďoro hubo.Ē (Gold was
Donita: There is some disagreement as to the
origin of the island name. This sign states,
ďThe island name is thought to have derived from
the Arawak word oibubai (guide) instead. When
the people greeted Ojeda, he thought they were
talking about gold deposits.Ē
Sandra: Look at this sign! We are in an authentic
18-th century Aruban house. It is built from
caliche, a rather crusty, but hard calcium-based
substance found on the south-east side of the
Guide: Good afternoon, ladies. May I answer any
questions you have?
Donita: Thank you, this is very educational.
Sandra: I really enjoy learning about history.
Guide: Then you might also enjoy seeing the
Mumismatic Museum It isnít far from here. (She
points to the building nearby.)
Donita: (As they walk to the museum.) I donít
want to stay very long; Iím getting cold and
Sandra: O.K. Weíll make this a quick stop. (They
enter the building.)
Inside the museum, the women see a collection of coins and
paper money from over 400 countries. The yotins were once
used as local currency. However, metal was so scarce, coins
were often cut into triangular pieces using a guillotine.
The women return to the ship, change clothes and go to the
Donita: There are Pieter and Mari; letís go sit
Mari: Hi, Did you have fun in Aruba?
Sandra: We did; but I wish we could have been
Pieter: Why didnít you?
Donita: We got soaked and cold!
Mari: Did you have time to see the museums?
Sandra: Yes, but there wasnít a lot open today
because of Palm Sunday.
Pieter: But did you see the windmill?
Donita: No, we didnít.
Pieter: It was built and used in Holland over 200
years ago. Then someone got the idea of taking
it apart, piece by piece. They put numbers on
each part so they could easily get it back
together. They shipped it to Aruba in 1960.
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