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Dec 7, 2011 - The (A)BC Islands (Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire) Expanded with Travel Trouble 21/1/2012

Tula stood a little bit in front of the group of some 50 slaves in the courtyard of Knip, a sugarcane plantation in Bandabou on the western end of Curacao, where they had assembled for work after the early morning bell. ’We want to be free and not work for you as slaves anymore’, he told Shon (owner) Caspar van Uytrecht. Van Uytrecht told them to take up their complaints with the Governer in Willemstad and while Tula and his men went on to free imprisoned slaves and moved to other plantations enlisting more black slaves as they went along,...

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Mar 15, 2011 - Bonaire

Kralendijk, Bonaire Tuesday, March 15, 2011 As of October 10, 2010, Bonaire has a new status: a municipality of the Netherlands, when the Netherland Antilles was dissolved. It is a very tiny boomerang-shaped island, but is trying to make a big impact on preserving the environment. There are only about 14,000 people living in Bonaire, with 123 nationalities. The average temperature is 86° and the water temperature is 84° . There are no hurricanes, but it is very arid and gets about 10” - 12” of rain annually. Today was a free day for Road...

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South America

Mar 14, 2011 - Curacao

Monday, March 14, 2011 Miscommunication had us start later than our scheduled 9:00 AM departure; our bus went to the wrong terminal. But we more than made up for the lost time. Elmer was our guide, who provided a very good tour. Curaçao is a little larger than Aruba, 38 miles long and 7 miles wide, with an average temperature of 85°, and light rainfall in October and November. It is part of the Dutch Kingdom and was very important to the Dutch who were looking for a source of salt for their herring. Salt was as important a commodity as oil...

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Jul 3, 2010 - Flying to Willemstad

Toni, Mateo, Alexis, and me left the house at 5:45am to catch our 5 hour direct flight to Curacao. We decided to pack breakfast and drive the minivan to the Avistar secure parking. Since it was an international flight, the airport was quite crowded; we had no issues with going through each of the required stops. Once we boarded, we all watch videos during the flight. In Willemstad, passing through immigration took over an hour. Once we passed immigration, we collected our bags and went outside to look for our driver, Steven. There was a...

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Jun 27, 2009 - Dan´s side trip to Curaçao

Due to the currency exchange problem in Venezuela, I had to arrange a side trip to Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles. What an incredible hassle and expense it proved to be! At the airport booth upon return from Los Roques, I had asked the Uniglobe travel agent what was the fastest and cheapest way for me to make a quick exit from the country. He said I should go to Curaçao where i can get a US dollar cash advance from any bank and he would try to arrange a ticket to and from with one night stay there. He promised to text me and did so,...

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Dec 23, 2008 - Willemstad, Curacao - Little Amsterdam

The Captain and the local pilot docked the ship in Curacao around 8 o’clock while we were having a leisurely breakfast. Curacao, pronounced ‘cure-a-sow’(think of a sick pig), is the largest of the Netherlands Antilles and is only about 35 miles from Venezuela and about 12 degrees north of the equator, so it was already toasty even at this early hour. Willemstad is the capital city and is referred to as Little Amsterdam. We had booked a tour so we gathered on the pier to meet with our tour mates. Our tour guide explained a little about the...

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Jan 29, 2008 - curacao

zoals beloofd hier wat foto's van curacao. Na het missen van de vlucht tss Aruba en Curacao toch nog goed aangekomen. we zaten in een hotelletje dat eigenlijk veel te duur was maar twas het goedkoopste dat we vonden. We zijn een dagje naar het Christoffelpark geweest. Daar beklommen we de hoogste berg die curacao rijk is : 375m. Niet zo hoog maar wel heel zwaar. Met de nodige risico's maar ook zeer de moeite waard. Curacao staat ook vol met oude landhuizen waarvan er veel nog te bezichtigen zijn. Ook hiermee waren we een dagje zoet. Verder...

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Jan 21, 2008 - willemstad

hallo, we zijn ondertussen in Curacao toegekomen. Dit heeft ook wat voeten in de aarde ghad: onze vlucht had 7 uur vertraging in Paramaribo waardoor we onze vlucht misten in Aruba. Uiteindelijk zijn we met een klein vliegtuigje met 8 man gevlogen om 22u. We zitten in een klein hotelletje, want het is hier verre van goedkoop. Willemstad zelf is eigenlijk maar een schort groot en hebben we al helemaal gezien. Het is wel heel mooi en heel romantisch met die oude huizen in allerlei kleuren en dan nog aan het water. We beginnen morgen aan een...

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Dec 27, 2007 - Willemstad, Curacao

Willemstad was one of our favorite ports. It has heavy Dutch influence, and it is obvious in the architecture and the accents of the native people. All of the residents are officially Dutch, and often will attend college in Holland free of charge. The people are very warm and friendly. It was a quaint little town that we enjoyed very much.

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Apr 4, 2007 - Curacao

CURACAO Kon ta bai from Curacao! Curacao (pronounced Cure-a-sow) is an island nation 37 miles (60km) long and 6 3/4 miles (11km) across at its widest point. It's located 35 miles off the coast of Venezuela in the Southern Caribbean. As you might imagine, its turquoise water is beautiful but this place has much more than just stunning beaches. Curacao, the Portuguese name of this island oasis, means "heart" and the locals show a lot of it. Not only that - the food is good, the architecture makes you feel as though you're in Europe and best...

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Where's Johnny Jet?

Apr 4, 2007 - Curacao

CURACAO Kon ta bai from Curacao! Curacao (pronounced Cure-a-sow) is an island nation 37 miles (60km) long and 6 3/4 miles (11km) across at its widest point. It's located 35 miles off the coast of Venezuela in the Southern Caribbean. As you might imagine, its turquoise water is beautiful but this place has much more than just stunning beaches. Curacao, the Portuguese name of this island oasis, means "heart" and the locals show a lot of it. Not only that - the food is good, the architecture makes you feel as though you're in Europe and best...

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Where's Johnny Jet?

Jan 14, 2006 - Posting from Curacao

Thursday: 12 January 2006 A few days at sea before we hit Curacao on Saturday. Evidently, gastrointestinal viruses are a real problem on cruises now. They gave us a handout when we boarded that told us to be sure to wash our hands frequently, etc and to report any illness to the infirmary immediately so they could take appropriate precautions. As on most cruise lines, they have the "Purex" type hand sanitizers at the entrances to the Lido buffet and all the dining rooms. However, they are VERY aggressive about making sure everyone uses...

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