Greetings from the beautiful and charming island of Curaçao! AJ and I got in last night and are having a great time exploring Willemstaad and the rest of the island! We went snorkeling for approximately 20 seconds today before he got motion sick from the waves, so he’s napping while I upload photos. Bless his heart. Here are some interesting facts about Curaçao that we’ve learned so far!
- The people here speak 4 languages: Dutch (the official language), Papiamentu (the local language), English, and Spanish. AJ was amazed by this because, as he noted, he doesn’t even have a good grasp on one language.
- You can pay in US dollars or Antillean Guilden. Either way, everything costs a lot, especially food and sunscreen (we’ve spent $40 on sunscreen already).
- The tourist high season is during the winter, so there are virtually no tourists around right now. This explains why we got our hotel, Scuba Lodge & Suites, for such a great rate! Snorkeling gear is free for us to borrow as guests at the hotel, and you can go right from the hotel beach!
- The neighborhood where we’re staying, Pietermaai, was first occupied by the upper class but became a ghetto in the 20th century. Today, the buildings are being restored to how they looked originally, and the neighborhood is bright, safe, and walking distance from the main area of Willemstaad.
Almost all the buildings in Pietermaii that have not been renovated yet have art on them. This is one of my favorites. The quote says “Once you break the wall that has been holding you captive, your journey to explore the world can finally begin.” Across the pedestrian footbridge in Willemstaad The pedestrian bridge behind us is swinging open to let a boat through! It happens surprisingly quickly. AJ in colonial Willemsataad, excited (as always) that I am taking his picture. Exploring the fruit market and wishing we liked fruit At our hotel shortly after our adventures in snorkeling and shortly before AJ went upstairs for his nap.