It has been a while since I’ve travelled and this post is long overdue.
Literally a day after my 27th birthday I did laundry, packed my clothes and took a flight down to Wilemstad, Curacao in the Dutch Antilles for one week in part to visit an old friend.
The island is paradise. The city is a popular dock for cruise ships and features a canal with a floating pedestrian bridge which was kind of awesome to see. I wouldn’t recommend going there as a one-off destination because you could get a lot more bang for your buck visitng it on a cruise.
It’s a very expensive place but visiting Mischa was worth it. Catching up over drinks in Punda and at the beach was the highlight of my trip. Next was meeting a buch of new people. When i arrived at the airport on the first night I knew not one soul and Meesh was unable to meet me at the airport which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Most of the passengers on my flight ahd already gone to their accomodations except for one when I arrived from Miami late on Feb 9th. I stood outisde of the small airport and walked right up to a random and said hi. Tilisay was her name. She kindly asked her ride to take me to the nearest airport hotel where I later learned was also her mother’s workplace.
The next two days were awesome as she took me around the tourist towns and to her Spanish classes at the University of Curacao. In her small class managed to meet the cousin of Gold Glove Atlanta Braves Shortstop Andrelton Simmons – Curacao has produced some outstanding pro baseball players (Andruw Jones, Jurickson Profar). I rented a car and perused the island. To save money I rented one with a manual transmission. Not knowing how to drive, I took lessons on the fly from Tilisay. She was so patient and kind with me and I literally learned in a day as we drove around town. I stalled several times in traffic but by the next day I was driving 100 km across the country to Westpunt beach where I witnessed the most beautiful beach I have ever seen in my life and went snorkelling with some savvy young local entrepreneurs observing some amazing spiderfish and other tropical sea creatures.
Towrads the end of my stay I observed caribbean carnival and made a few friends including a gorgeous girl named Leticia who is very ambitious and keen on studying in Canada.
Overall the beauty of the island is unmatched. There are posh beaches that look like Miama’s South Beach (minus the condos in the backdrop) and beaches that are secluded and fairly untounched.
Pictures to come soon.!