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I finished these in a few hours.

Aruba

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Felis Dia di Betico!

The celebration of the man who fought for freedom and liberation for the small island Aruba.

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Aruba is celebrating the day dedicated to their “Liberador,” Gilberto Francois, “Betico” Croes, today, January 25.

The national holiday is conducted on his birth date. He was the principal instrument of establishing island pride and symbols, such as the Aruban flag and national anthem, as well as the chief negotiator of Aruban Independence, or “Status Aparte,” from the other five islands of the Netherlands Antilles.

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G.F. “Betico” Croes died in November of 1986, after being gravely injured in a car accident on December 31, 1985, on the eve of Aruba becoming an independent nation within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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All celebrate this holiday differently, and yet still in the same way, by honouring and remembering those who fought for their independence and all they went through to win.

It’s often celebrated with local activities or historic tours, but mostly it’s celebrated with food and alcohol (Local and non, but mostly local) EVERYWHERE.

Literally ANYWHERE you go there’s food (and beer).

I don’t know what’s happening this year due to Covid, but there having discounted rolls at Cinnabon, so that’s pretty cool.

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Anyways, to those who celebrate or live on the island Aruba: Felis Dia di Betico!

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Welcome to 2021, it started weird without a torch parade, somehow we are in the 3rd wave, mostly due to the December holidays.

Yes the numbers are on the rise, but the carnival bug is biting a lot of people giving them that yearly fever!

So here are we, Aruba, no carnival activities, no virtual carnival reality musical shows. You know, at least that a little bands “297verzuz battle” with some songs, but nada.

That crown virus has placed a spell on the most of us, it even has me wondering if carnival is really part of our culture.

Dande, came and went with a virtual festival, no problem. Our sister island, Curacao is preparing to have a virtual Tumba Revival Festival,  (they live and die for culture).  They are planning to present all the songs that won from 1971 to 2020 and also the songs didnt win, but made a big impact on the road.

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Our other sister island, Sint Maarten is preparing to start their Carnival season in April/May (April 16th - May 2nd 2021) following strict rules of their Public Health Department.

Meanwhile on Aruba, we are waiting to see what is going to happen! SMAC and MUSICA will notify the public soon about their plans for carnival 2021, but this should stop the Spirit of Carnival in its regular season.

It looks like some of us lost our Carnival soul, even in the future generation. To keep it alive,  its should pushed in school as a arts and craft, musical classes. I was happy to hear on “Co a bai live” that there are teachers, who take that extra effort to bring it, our carnival culture in the classrooms.

It is surprising that some companies are promoting our carnival culture with who can create the most carnivalistic face mask and their Mango beer! The rest are either they give up, not interested or are waiting for summer 2021.

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With all of this going on, it has many of us questioning, if Carnival is really a part of our culture or did we let go temporarily with the hope on the salvation of the vaccine, in order to come back as new born revellers in 2022.

Keeping the spirit alive. If we rest too long, we might just let it go next year. People tend to forget easily. I’m talking about right here on Aruba. 

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This tabanca is hitting us hard!

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I’ve been thinking a lot about Aruba for some reason. I don’t know why Aruba keeps coming up. I hate commercial, and I hate robbing a country of their culture. My god I think so deeply about everything, I wouldn’t even be able to enjoy a vacation anymore if I thought it was at another humans expense. Covid has taught me more than ever that traveling is just traveling. The whole world beats with the same heart. All over the world it’s just human beings living their lives. I wonder what daily life is like in Aruba. Has Tourism stripped it away?

Sometimes I think about the blue water in Aruba from the sky. I worked an Aruba turn once and I remember how stunning the water was from up above. How I worked for over 10 hours straight that day and the view of crystal clear water was worth it. How the color of the skin on the workers that came on board was so beautiful and so smooth. How it glowed in the sunlight. How the heat cascaded through the open door. How we were only there for a brief time, and we didn’t go through customs so we weren’t even allowed to stand on the staircase on the runway. The air was too precious, too sweet, too sacred be allowed into our lungs.

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Aruba SD-Branch Fully Automates Integration with AWS

Aruba SD-Branch Fully Automates Integration with AWS

This blog is coauthored by Kishore Seshadri, Vice President and General Manager for SD-WAN, SD-Branch and User Experience Insights at Aruba. 
Over the last few years, enterprises have been rapidly moving workloads to public cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. This trend has accelerated further in the last few months with the impact of the COVID-19…


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