Because of its history, the island’s population comes from a number of ethnic backgrounds. While the majority of Curaçaoans are of Black African descent, there are sizeable minorities of Dutch, Latin American, French, South Asian, East Asian, Portuguese and Levantine people.
My pit stop here in Curaçao is taking a different turn than previously planned. Given the need for a car and the expense of local diving, I have decided to forgo the usual intensive explorations in lieu of personal development and the enhancement of my writing skills. I have a couple of online writing courses that have been requiring my attention which I plan to utilize over the last ten days of my stay.
The extent of my Curaçao adventure will be comprised of my education, the consumption of goat products and getting prepared for the rest of my travels. I have some expensive destinations (Australia, Fiji, Japan, and the Maldives) this year so saving a few dollars at this juncture would be more than prudent.
They didn’t get around to taking down their Christmas decorations here in downtown Willemstad until January 17th. I think that the Xmas holiday has pretty much run its course by December 26th, especially on an island with temperatures in the eighties and 90% humidity. As you can see the absurdity is palpable. Thank goodness my room has great air conditioning where I can pursue my indoor activities in comfort.
The waterfront architecture evokes a multi colored Caribbean Amsterdam overrun with Cruise Ship Tourists.
Although taking a lot out of Holland’s playbook here on Curacao, there seem to be far more Dutch on the island of Bonaire. At least that is my impression thus far.
OPEN AIR FOOD STALLS
GOAT STEW – An island favorite traditionally served with beans and rice. The local fare is good and a plate of goat stew with all the fixings will run you nine or ten dollars. The portions are usually larger but I got the last serving.
The waterfront is particularly delightful after dark.
Thursday night offers a weekly fireworks display.
This enormous pontoon bridge pivots to let boats of all sizes to pass though.