Highs and Lows of 2008

Baby Beach
A 2008 high: revamping of Baby Beach

As 2008 draws near to a close, and as many, I will summarize – or try – the year 2008. It won’t as long as the recap I did a few days ago, it will be short and sweet instead.

For this island 2008 was a good year, despite all the negativity that goes around. The island was able to withstand most challenges that we’re thrown toward it.

As far as I’m concerned the highs must be the little things that make life a little bit better and below are a few:

  • Some beaches started to get face lifts and regulation. This way beaches can be protected against economic growth and usage.
  • Some areas in Aruba received the typical pre-election-year road pavement, which makes driving a bit smoother and pleasant.
  • In October Tropical Storm Omar threatened for a few hours, but at the end it did little damage.
  • Gasoline prices are down at record lows.
  • Consequently water and power bills are down as well.

There have been lows as well:

  • Extremely high gasoline prices (as high as $5.55 a gallon), thus cost of living on the rise.
  • Some oil spills on the southern and northern coasts.
  • Inflation on the rise.
  • Tourism numbers under pressure.
  • New airport security measures creating longer lines.

I thought I’d save the best for last. Some people think money and/or material are the thing to measure whether or not things went well. Not me. The best thing that happened to me this year is that in March I became a proud father of a baby boy. Now I have the perfect family. My 3-year-old girl and my baby boy, both healthy. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Happy Holidays.

By Gabriel

Informing travelers about Aruba since 2007, and trying to provide value to Aruba visitors.

Leave a Reply