Yesterday, we spent a few hours in the sun before going to Willemstad, the capital of Curacao. While we were walking through the hotel lobby on our way out, a man asked if he could photograph us. Bart was the photographer for the wedding that was taking place this evening and he wanted to test the lighting beforehand. We willingly agreed to be his subject matter as he snapped away with his camera.
He also taught us a few basics of photography, pointing out that lighting is key for a beach landscape. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: I’m an awful photographer. However, it was neat to see a professional photographer in action and to learn a couple of tricks.
Once our photo shoot was over, we piled in the car and drove about twenty minutes to the downtown area of Curacao. Along the way, we absorbed the sights and noted the patterns that we saw throughout the island. Colorful buildings and houses line the streets—who wouldn’t want such an adorably painted home?!
A lagoon divides Willemstad into two parts: Punda and Otrabanda. We first explored Punda, checking out the beautiful artwork, handmade jewelry, and local vendors.
For dinner, we ate at the Iguana Café, which is located directly on the water. We loved watching the sun set behind the horizon as boats passed by in front of us.
Natalie and I split a cheeseburger, which was cooked perfectly. Jen and my mom ordered authentic dishes, which were also delicious.
When we finished up dinner, we took a ferry to the other side of Willemstad. We walked around for a little bit, then headed back to our resort.
Natalie and I both have serious sweet tooths, so we convinced Jen and my mom to get gelatos for dessert. I chose the Baileys Irish Cream flavor and the coconut flavor with Bounty pieces (a candy similar to Mounds) in it.
Though it melted quickly, we thoroughly enjoyed our treats on the terrace as a live band was playing music next to us. Overall, it was a fun night seeing a bit of Curacao’s culture!
If you could paint the exterior of your house in a creative way, what would you do?
Do you enjoy eating foods from other cultures?