Category Archives: Awesome

603. Curaçao’s ‘Forbidden’ New Year’s Tradition

Prolific Dutch writer Jan Brokken once described this forbidden new year’s tradition in all its culturally sensitive glory: “though man and woman don’t touch each other during tambú dance, they move more provocatively than a Dutch couple making love.” This form of recreation and

603. Curaçao’s ‘Forbidden’ New Year’s Tradition

Prolific Dutch writer Jan Brokken once described this forbidden new year’s tradition in all its culturally sensitive glory: “though man and woman don’t touch each other during tambú dance, they move more provocatively than a Dutch couple making love.” This form of recreation and

604. You’ve lived in Curaçao when… (Part 6)

You automatically wiggle your hips and upper-body (even when seated) upon hearing the first sounds of a tambú, tumba, merengue, salsa, reaggeaton, etc You make appointments at 3 when you want to start at 4   You get insulted and

604. You’ve lived in Curaçao when… (Part 6)

You automatically wiggle your hips and upper-body (even when seated) upon hearing the first sounds of a tambú, tumba, merengue, salsa, reaggeaton, etc You make appointments at 3 when you want to start at 4   You get insulted and

607. Curaçao’s Swinging Old Lady

Paris has the Eiffel Tower. New York has the Brooklyn Bridge. The Statue of Liberty. The Empire State Building. Beijing has the Great Wall. Cusco has the Machu Picchu. Agra has the Taj Mahal. San Francisco has the Golden Gate.

607. Curaçao’s Swinging Old Lady

Paris has the Eiffel Tower. New York has the Brooklyn Bridge. The Statue of Liberty. The Empire State Building. Beijing has the Great Wall. Cusco has the Machu Picchu. Agra has the Taj Mahal. San Francisco has the Golden Gate.

608. Curaçao Baby Names (Part 6)

In Curaçao we tend to mash-up Dutch, Papiamentu, Spanish and English… as well as mom and dad’s name (sometimes grandmother and grandfather too) resulting in truly unique concoctions, often very difficult to pronounce and therefore reduced to “Juni” and “Dèka”, “Zusje” (little

608. Curaçao Baby Names (Part 6)

In Curaçao we tend to mash-up Dutch, Papiamentu, Spanish and English… as well as mom and dad’s name (sometimes grandmother and grandfather too) resulting in truly unique concoctions, often very difficult to pronounce and therefore reduced to “Juni” and “Dèka”, “Zusje” (little

609. Tambú on Steroids

Broadwayworld.com writes: “Tradition is a tricky beast. There are those who would leave it as a dusty, living museum exhibit. Then there are others who see further, into the possibility of tradition, a line that runs through history all the way to

609. Tambú on Steroids

Broadwayworld.com writes: “Tradition is a tricky beast. There are those who would leave it as a dusty, living museum exhibit. Then there are others who see further, into the possibility of tradition, a line that runs through history all the way to

610. Curaçao’s Concierge

My childhood friend Gaby Lieuw has a keen eye for aesthetics; she has created a truly stunning site: Sand and Stilettos. Unlike ‘1000 Awesome Things about Curaçao’, Gaby’s site is a stylish travel guide filled with hidden Curaçao treasures (where to

610. Curaçao’s Concierge

My childhood friend Gaby Lieuw has a keen eye for aesthetics; she has created a truly stunning site: Sand and Stilettos. Unlike ‘1000 Awesome Things about Curaçao’, Gaby’s site is a stylish travel guide filled with hidden Curaçao treasures (where to

Curaçao Loves Mandela

Nelson Mandela, long time champion of the anti-apartheid movement and former president of South Africa, passed away at the age of 95. He will be remembered for his unrelenting pursuit of racial equality and lifelong struggle against segregation and poverty,

Curaçao Loves Mandela

Nelson Mandela, long time champion of the anti-apartheid movement and former president of South Africa, passed away at the age of 95. He will be remembered for his unrelenting pursuit of racial equality and lifelong struggle against segregation and poverty,

613. Curaçao’s Obsession with Dutch Royalty

King Willem-Alexander and his more glamorous half, Queen Máxima, visited the Dutch Caribbean islands for the first time as ‘official’ monarchs this past week. The King was inaugurated on April 30, 2013 and promised to continue his mother’s course, stressing

613. Curaçao’s Obsession with Dutch Royalty

King Willem-Alexander and his more glamorous half, Queen Máxima, visited the Dutch Caribbean islands for the first time as ‘official’ monarchs this past week. The King was inaugurated on April 30, 2013 and promised to continue his mother’s course, stressing

614. Curaçao Artist Giovani Zanolino

The Art People, a community of artists and art lovers from around the world — with over 91,000 Facebook Fans — has recently profiled Curaçao artist Giovani Zanolino in “Live to Create”. Giovani’s take on Degas. Excerpt from the article: ‘Giovani’s gorgeous, hugely compelling

614. Curaçao Artist Giovani Zanolino

The Art People, a community of artists and art lovers from around the world — with over 91,000 Facebook Fans — has recently profiled Curaçao artist Giovani Zanolino in “Live to Create”. Giovani’s take on Degas. Excerpt from the article: ‘Giovani’s gorgeous, hugely compelling

615. Curaçao’s Challenge Seeker

Ryan de Jongh (42) is Curaçao’s male version of Diana Nyad, the world record-breaking woman who famously swam from Cuba to Florida (110 miles) earlier this year. Ryan will be kayaking around Curaçao (99 miles) for the second time on

615. Curaçao’s Challenge Seeker

Ryan de Jongh (42) is Curaçao’s male version of Diana Nyad, the world record-breaking woman who famously swam from Cuba to Florida (110 miles) earlier this year. Ryan will be kayaking around Curaçao (99 miles) for the second time on

616. Curaçao in the New York Times

Folks, please meet Baz Dreisinger. She may or may not have inspired this website. Baz isn’t from Curaçao; she lives in New York City. She spent a short week in Curaçao, like most tourists. But Baz isn’t like most tourists: she

616. Curaçao in the New York Times

Folks, please meet Baz Dreisinger. She may or may not have inspired this website. Baz isn’t from Curaçao; she lives in New York City. She spent a short week in Curaçao, like most tourists. But Baz isn’t like most tourists: she

617. Curaçao’s Universal Beauties

Miss Curaçao, Curaçao’s national female beauty pageant, was founded in 1963 and has sent various stunningly beautiful contestants to the Miss Universe and Miss World pageants. Sample our awesome European – South American – West African melting pot by taking a look at some of our

617. Curaçao’s Universal Beauties

Miss Curaçao, Curaçao’s national female beauty pageant, was founded in 1963 and has sent various stunningly beautiful contestants to the Miss Universe and Miss World pageants. Sample our awesome European – South American – West African melting pot by taking a look at some of our

620. 100,000+ Facebook Fans for Curaçao

Blue balloons emblazoned with Curaçao’s flag floated over New York, Berlin, Miami, Atlanta, Shanghai, Athens, Amsterdam, Sao Paolo, London, Caracas, San Francisco and Zurich; almost two dozen cities around the world represented as Curaçao’s fans helped celebrate their 100,000th fan. Several of Curaçao’s Facebook

620. 100,000+ Facebook Fans for Curaçao

Blue balloons emblazoned with Curaçao’s flag floated over New York, Berlin, Miami, Atlanta, Shanghai, Athens, Amsterdam, Sao Paolo, London, Caracas, San Francisco and Zurich; almost two dozen cities around the world represented as Curaçao’s fans helped celebrate their 100,000th fan. Several of Curaçao’s Facebook

622. You’ve lived in Curaçao when… (Part 5)

You’ve mastered the (many) meanings of ‘konyo’ and use it in both positive and negative sense (mostly positive of course!) You don’t flinch when you see women out and about with rollers in their hair A car honks at you,

622. You’ve lived in Curaçao when… (Part 5)

You’ve mastered the (many) meanings of ‘konyo’ and use it in both positive and negative sense (mostly positive of course!) You don’t flinch when you see women out and about with rollers in their hair A car honks at you,

624. Dushi Booties

And who can forget this Yellow Claw YouTube sensation? Ps: Krokobil in Dutch = Crocobutt. Scientists at the University of Oxford have recently uncovered evidence that women with big butts are not only the most intelligent, but also the most resistant

624. Dushi Booties

And who can forget this Yellow Claw YouTube sensation? Ps: Krokobil in Dutch = Crocobutt. Scientists at the University of Oxford have recently uncovered evidence that women with big butts are not only the most intelligent, but also the most resistant