For my first full day in a fully open Oranjestad, I decided to get my chore (it’s not really a chore) out-of-the-way first and go to the post office. I like to send postcards to family and friends back home. I had yet to find any postcards, but I was sure I would so getting the stamps first thing would have me prepared.
It wasn’t too far a walk from the main bus station to the main post office. You get to walk through the non-tourist part of Oranjestad. I saw this great street art and I really dig the message.On the way I also found the Archeological Museum of Aruba, which is just my type of joint. It was closed. I’m not sure if it was just closed on Mondays, or closed for forever. I got my stamps and then decided to head towards Fort Zoutman Historical Museum.
It was open and I paid my $5 US admission and checked it out. As a museum of Aruba it was kind of sad. Very nicely kept up, but not much inside aside from a section on weaving in Aruba told much of a story. It was mostly an accumulation of unrelated old things. I say this with the utmost respect. They may not have had much to work with. Colonization is known for taking things instead of leaving things.
The best part of the tour is that you get to climb to the top of the tower.
Which has a working clock and a bell which you can get up close to.
It also gives you some great views of the city and surrounding areas.
Also, if it were still a fort, I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be hard for you and a few pals to take it. If you see it you will understand what I mean. I’d say don’t try, jail in Aruba is probably nice enough, but it is still jail.
I spent the afternoon walking around the downtown and looking for a few souvenirs to take back. I also did a bit of Xmas shopping. Gift shopping while abroad is a great, it will always be unique to the person that gets the gift, especially if they have not been there.