|By gail stich (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #8) on Sunday, June 26, 2005 - 3:42 pm:|
Hi all, we're returning to wonderful Bonaire next Saturday for our seventh trip. Can't wait! We're curious if there have been many cancellations by folks that are afraid or angry about the situation in Aruba?
|By Cynde (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #13856) on Sunday, June 26, 2005 - 11:18 pm:|
Gail, I seriously doubt it. Have a great vacation!
|By Tish (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #210) on Monday, June 27, 2005 - 4:02 pm:|
No way could anybody fear Bonaire because of an isolated incident on Aruba.
|By gail stich (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #9) on Monday, June 27, 2005 - 5:27 pm:|
Having been to Bonaire many times, I agree, we never have felt unsafe or threatened there ever.
|By Carole B. (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #5040) on Monday, June 27, 2005 - 6:33 pm:|
I had heard the hotels are booked and so are the airlines....Aruba, that is. Now is the "slower" season, anyway, for Aruba. I doubt there have been many cancellations for folks going to Aruba....it is an isolated incident and folks who are going to Aruba are intent on going and having a fun/party time.
|By Susan (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1395) on Tuesday, June 28, 2005 - 2:03 pm:|
For most people, you say you're going to Bonaire and they say "huh?" You say it's one of the ABC's, they say "huh?" If you then explain Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, there's a good chance that Aruba is the only one of the three recognized.
|By Cynde (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #13859) on Tuesday, June 28, 2005 - 9:24 pm:|
Susan...that's the EXACT response I get when I tell people about Bonaire...your're right, they MAY recognize Aruba...and if so, they still don't really get it...LOL! Then I say it's about 50 miles off the coast of Venezuala...that sometimes turns the light on a bit...LOL!
|By Tish (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #211) on Wednesday, June 29, 2005 - 9:13 am:|
|By Carole B. (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #5049) on Wednesday, June 29, 2005 - 10:24 am:|
Thanks, Tish...interesting, as the cable news reporters are all saying they are being pushed out of their accommodations due to full bookings of "regular" guests. I guess the "lull" was temporary.
|By Tish (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #212) on Wednesday, June 29, 2005 - 2:47 pm:|
Amen to your Bonaire blessing, Carole!!
|By Brigitte Kley - Coco Palm Garden (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #304) on Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 7:42 am:|
I find this comment quite to the point
|By Cynde (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #13866) on Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 11:37 pm:|
Brigitte, thank you for posting this...I could not have put it into better words myself...
|By J Rushman (BonaireTalker - Post #97) on Friday, July 1, 2005 - 4:03 am:|
"...wearing a blue-and-green striped, low-cut blouse, denim miniskirt..."
|By Joe Urso (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #1) on Friday, July 1, 2005 - 2:28 pm:|
Looking at this I can tell this board is filled with nothing more than scuba intellectuals.
|By Jeanine Clark (BonaireTalker - Post #15) on Sunday, July 3, 2005 - 3:54 pm:|
|By Martin de Weger (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #4049) on Sunday, July 3, 2005 - 4:06 pm:|
Joe, would it have been different if she was a Dutch citizen, or maybe even from Venezuela? IMHO it's a bad thing if some one gets missing during a trip, or even when just at home. It doesn't matter if it's an American or from another country, she's a human. For now there is nothing for sure, no-one knows anything (or maybe you have some great and unmentioned sources), so let's follow Juancho's advice and let the local authorities so their job. With the help of the Dutch marines and the FBI, I'm sure they don't need people who don't have a clue about what's going on (except the fact a girl is missing) to step up and make comments like you are making now.
|By William Tweed (BonaireTalker - Post #47) on Sunday, July 3, 2005 - 6:30 pm:|
Joe, what are you saying exactly? That Americans must be protected wherever they are by the long arm of the Empire? Because you are living in a fairy tale if you think that, it is not the case. Are you saying that being intellectual is bad? That stupid and uninformed people are better than people who try to better themselves and stay informed?
|By janet white (BonaireTalker - Post #18) on Sunday, July 3, 2005 - 9:16 pm:|
Joe - I am an American Citizen but I agree with the other posts - we can't police the entire world! You and others like you should stay in America if you think it is any safer here. I am planning a trip to Bonaire in 3 weeks and plan to spend two nights in Aruba too. I think Aruba and Bonaire are for the most part safer than the USA. Consider the crime rate in both countries. I feel horrible for the parents and hope she is found safe and sound but the USA especially the current administration needs to be respectful of other countries borders. No one wonder American's are hated by so many people around the world.
|By jos van osnabrugge (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1784) on Monday, July 4, 2005 - 7:32 am:|
peoples peoples , relax, there is no harm in what Joe is Ranting ,
|By ceestoosmiekesuizanne (BonaireTalker - Post #40) on Monday, July 4, 2005 - 5:02 pm:|
A girl is missing, likely to be murdered. I don't know who she was, or what she was like. I don't know what happened. Did she take the boys with her, and then felt sorry? Did she feel like having fun that night, but it didn't turn out that way? Did she say "no, that's where it stops" but the boys did not agree?
|By Brian Williams (BonaireTalker - Post #31) on Monday, July 4, 2005 - 5:54 pm:|
I think the problem is that with some exposure in the media to the 'Dutch legal system' and how it differs from the U.S. may make many people uncomfortable about taking a trip to Bonaire because they will associate it with this system if they know Bonaire is part of the Netherlands Antilles. I have been to Bonaire before myself and would like to return. But I am afraid there many be many potential first timers who might be hesitant now given all the media coverge which has occurred. This story is pretty big news in my hometown - everyone is talking about it and pretty upset.
|By Tish (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #225) on Monday, July 4, 2005 - 9:49 pm:|
|By jos van osnabrugge (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1785) on Tuesday, July 5, 2005 - 4:41 am:|
|By Judy R (BonaireTalker - Post #15) on Tuesday, July 5, 2005 - 4:42 pm:|
I am arriving in Bonaire for the first time this September and am looking forward to it. I have been to Aruba several times over the last few years and never felt unsafe. I will be staying in Aruba again this September for a few days before and after Bonaire and I can't wait. I am a bit curious of the effects this Holloway incident will create but I belive it is an isolated incident that media decided to feed on. It will not deter my trips to the island.
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