Caracasbaai peninsula

I would like to take a long walk on Curaçao. In the meantime, there are about three organizations that offer this, but all their walks are on the other side of the island. Without a car you will not get there at 7 am the starting time. In addition, there are no marked routes, so walking alone is not an option in unknown nature reserves. And then I come across one on the peninsula of Caracasbaai.

Caracasbaai Peninsula

I know that there is a building there, the Leper House and I have also dived there twice at directorsbay in the past, but apparently there is more. I’m curious. The start is on Saturday morning at 7 am a short half hour walk from my mother’s house where I am staying.

Caracasbaai

To the starting location

I leave on time. The walk to the starting location is not so interesting, because you walk along a road with houses and then along the beach and parking places. The starting location is the parking spaces before a restaurant on the beach. The last one before there is nothing else. I see a small group and that turns out to be the group.

Fort Bekenburg

The hike

We first start on asphalt, but soon we walk on a beautiful stretch at the fort. Fort Bekenburg, you can climb it and see remnants and enjoy the view. We visit the fort and walk in the mondi (forest) around it. A few weeks later, the surrounding of Fort Bekenburg is the place where I conduct an interview with artist Avantia. It is one of the places that inspire her and I can see why.

Leper house

Leper house

We walk further up to the leper house. The house or hospital where people who were infected or had to be quarantined were taken care of. The building is full of graffiti and in poor condition. So watch where you walk.

Nature

Nature

After the leper house we go into nature. We walk past directorsbay, which has that name because the directors of Shell were only allowed to swim here, because nets were placed against sharks. Sharks are not common on the south side of the island, but they were still afraid of losing the directors.

Back to the hike with now a view of the Spanish water we walk through a mangrove forest. It is low water so we keep our feet dry. From there we walk back to the entrance of the peninsula. In total we walked 3 hours with a short break at a few rocks.

This area, Caracasbaai peninsula is definitely worth a visit, very beautiful. Go during the day and do not take valuables with you.

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Culture shock

Then there is the introduction to culture shock! Not so pleasant, but it makes you think! While traveling I have never suffered from culture shock. Then the differences in culture are “adorable”, because it is equally fun to see and experience.

I have moved to Eindhoven since the end of March. Although the people from Brabant are very hospitable, living here is different from living in Utrecht. I miss the directness and curiosity of your environment for everything new in the neighborhood. In Eindhoven they first look at the cat from the tree before they ask you what you will do in Eindhoven?

This is not my first culture shock, but my second noteworthy one. On my 10th we went back to live in Curaçao. Where I had lived until I was 7. 3,5 years The Netherlands had Dutch. It starts with:

  • I spoke and speak Papiamento with an accent
  • After attending a small school where a class of groups 6,7 and 8 together had 18 children to a class with 35 children!
  • The sun was shining daily and it was warm!
  • The letters were written differently. I can still suggest changing the writing style why I write ugly?
  • They recited poems and there was a real competition that started in the class in which everyone was obliged to participate until the theater of Curaçao.
  • The schools started early at 7:15 already!

Now thinking carefully, I think that the cultural difference was greater than now! But I still miss the Randstad! Maybe just move back?

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Sunstroke

Dolphines

Enjoying the sun on my shared roof terrace, I have to think back to my sunstroke a long, long time ago. You think that if you were born and raised on an island you know how to handle the sun, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Memory lane

We are going back to 5 VWO day out with the class. We go by boat to small Curaçao, a small island close to Curaçao. Seasickness, I know, that is bothering me. So sit at the top of the boat where the least swell is. But yes on the ‘larger’ island of Curaçao you usually stay in the shade or in the sun. I did not need anointing. So I’m on the boat without a cap in a bikini and shorts without an ointment. On the way there it went fine!

Auch, auch!

Arriving on the island there appears to be hardly any shadow there. The ignorance of a teenager in combination with hours in the sun are not a good combination. Lovely swimming, climbing lighthouse, barbecued and back by boat. But yes the next morning in the shower all blisters rash on my body and headache. So to the doctor, 1st degree heat stroke!The advice is: Stay out of the sun, drink lots of water on an island with daily sun!

Since then I have been careful with the sun, but I still enjoy it!

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The island girl and her love for the sea

Hey Island girl!
Do you like or hate the see?

I guess everybody from an island has a love or a hate relationship with the sea, but all islanders grow up with a respect for the sea.

I was born and raised on Curacao an Island in the Caribbean with beautiful beaches and rough sea on the Northside of the island. I guess I was brought up with love for the sea.

Now on my travels through Australia I got to the small city of Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island and got to live there for a few days at 100m from the sea. What a joy!

The first thing and last thing I did was visiting the small beach to greet the sea each day. The four days I Penneshaw I got to do short beach walks in the morning, yoga and meditation on the beach. And in the evening I would do a short beach walk again some meditation, reading and learning (trying to get my Spanish to professional level).

Seeing and hearing the sea makes me happy. I love both the calmness as the roughness of the sea. They both calm me down. It’s so mighty and nothing mankind can do to conquer it totally.

It was wonderful and totally energetic being there! Especially with the dolphins getting into the bay almost every morning. Guess I am one lucky girl to have experienced this.

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Interview (14) Let me introduce you to Guiselaine

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Interview (14) – let me introduce you to Guiselaine

Name: Guiselaine Capella

Nationality: Dutch

Occupation: Travelling data analysis entrepreneur

Guiselaine

Me and my laptop will be my base for a while. I am intended to go wander the world fulltime as of half November, because traveling for just a few weeks a year wasn’t enough for me anymore. I am an introvert who likes to explore the world thru books, traveling and daring myself into doing things on my bucket list.

I was borne on Curaçao, a small Island in the Caribbean. The weather and architecture on Curaçao are very beautiful. At 19 I went off to the Netherlands to study. It was my base till recently. But now I am intended to become a world citizen, not bound by country boundaries. I am a digital nomad who will work from everywhere in the world on her laptop to sustain my travel life.

What was your inspiration or the event/idea that made you want to travel? 

I just grew up dreaming about seeing the world and wanting to travel as much as possible. I always started planning my next trip on the way back from a trip.

What was your first travel experience?

My first travel experience was when I was a baby, but I can’t remember that just have the pictures to prove how small I was on my first trip. I love the feeling of sitting in the plane and watching the world pass by below you and dreaming of visiting those places one day while you’re on your way to another destination.

Kangaroo Island

Have you ever felt lonely travelling solo?

I never felt lonely on a solo trip, because when you travel alone people tend to talk to you more often. But I have felt lonely on a group trip. I think loneliness depends on yourself and the company you are in.

Do you have any fun stories of things that happened to you that you realized even at the time, “This never would have happened if I had been traveling with someone else?”

I think the funniest thing that happened to me was being proposed to in the jungle of Ecuador by one of the jungle guides. I was staying there for a few days and decided to participate in a workshop making wooden rings. But I sucked at it even though I was the only one there who understood what they were explaining in Spanish. So at some point I just gave up making a ring and went to bed. The next day I was getting to the bus to leave when one of the guides approached me and started talking to me and then gave me the ring and said he wanted to marry me. I think he never saw a more clumsy women or was happy that there was someone who could speak Spanish. I still have the wooden ring.

Barcelona market

What was your best travel experience?

Sorry have to go with Ecuador again. I fell in love with the mountains over there. So I went on a half day horseback riding trip through the mountains without prior horse experience. The first half hour I was for sure I was gone fall off the horse, but as the scenery grew more and more intense. I relaxed and was in heaven on the horse going thru the mountains with the spectacular views of valleys and small cities.

Is there anything you would have done differently/ any regrets, if you could do it over again? The only thing I regret is not traveling more. I guess I am gone make up for that now.

What was your worst travel experience?

My worst travel experience is definitely becoming psychotic on a trip with the trans Siberia Express and through Mongolia. Being hospitalized there is an experience I am never gone forget in my entire life and hope to never experience again.

What’s the strangest situation you have found yourself in?

Two stories qualify for this question the double date in Petra, Jordan and not being able to open my suitcase lock anymore in Barcelona. I will narrate the last one. I was on a city trip with a friend and on the last day we decided to put all documents in one suitcase and go explore the city one last time as we were flying late at night. But to our horror, when we came back we couldn’t open the suitcase anymore. So we decided to go with the suitcase to the airport and ask there if they would open it for us. But nobody wanted to do that. So we went to the police office at the airport. I remember the police looking at us not believing our story and after that they were making jokes about shooting the suitcase etc. At that moment nothing was funny to me. After a while they decided to open it for us and let us get everything we needed on the flight out and close it. Back at home after the flight it took me hours picking locks and ultimately just smashing the suitcase to open it.

Guiselaine

Where will you never return to?

I haven’t been to a place jet I would go at all anymore, but Camaguay in Cuba would be on my not soon to visit again list. I loved Cuba but that city I didn’t like the atmosphere at all. It didn’t feel like the rest of Cuba to me.

What advice would you give women traveling solo to your home country?

I don’t know if there are country specific advice, but what you definitely should do is trust your instinct when you travel and be careful when your instincts tell you to be.

What are your future travel plans?

I am gone be traveling full time with no and data as a digital nomad. Working everywhere and nowhere. Experiencing the world. I am starting in Australia and slowly make my way to Asia. And after Asia I hope to travel further around the world to the next continent.

What are your top three tips for women traveling solo?

Be aware of local way of doing things.

If you don’t feel comfortable somewhere or with someone just leave the scenery.

If you want to chat with locals go sit on a square and you will end up having the most beautiful chat of your lifetime about conversation even though you sometimes don’t speak the same language.

Guiselaine

What would you tell women who are looking to travel alone but worry about their safety?

Be caution, but just relax and enjoy yourself. As long as you follow your instinct you will be ok.

Couchsurfing..what do you think about that?

I am starting to experience it now. Don’t think it fits my character well, because I like to have lots of alone time.

How do you pay for a life of travel?

I used to work a lot and save to travel. But now I am just gone travel and earn money on my way or swap my way through the world.

Tell us about the best food you have ever eaten on your travels?

I am a fresh fruit juice addict so in every country I want to taste all kinds of different fresh juices. I loved the way they make lemon juice in Jordan with a little bit of mint.

Jordanie

What is the most breathtaking view you have ever witnessed on your travels

I think the sunrise in Jordan dessert on the back of a camel definitely qualifies as one of the best. Although sunset at the beach is also one of my favorites.

What item will you always carry in your backpack?

My camera, something to write my thoughts on and my passport. I am totally obsessed about where my passport is all the time.

Who was the kindest or most generous person you met on your travels, and what did they do?

I think I have to go with Marc in Cuba for putting up with me climbing El Yunque. And afterwards for lending me his flip-flops, because mine broke and walking himself bare feed.

What have you learned from travelling?

Traveling open possibilities for me. I get inspiration from traveling and seeing and meeting on the road. That’s how I get inspired and refreshed to work and built my life.

Who inspires you? What other travellers do you look up to?

I get inspired by photos I love to see pictures of far away places and hear stories about what people experienced on the travel. That’s the reason I think I am addicted to travel blogs.

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