Deborah & Michael; you can almost call them Curaçao natives
WILLEMSTAD – I had the opportunity to sit down and have a nice conversation with Deborah and Michael during their vacation here on the island.
On this lovely day I had the opportunity to meet this couple who strike me as two people you can almost call Curaçao natives. The love for this island can be seen in their faces.
Michael started has been coming to Curaçao since 1984 during the time of the Las Palmas Resort. What he liked back then was that it wasn’t so much tourism like other islands in the Caribbean. “It was the real people, the natural, the native people. This was a place for me to really relax.”
When I asked Michael if he has seen many changes he told me that the island is still the same in the way its people treat the visitors. “The only difference now is that I have friends here. Every time I visit the island, it’s like I’m coming home.”
“The first time I came here I met Omar and I was watching him fishing. We came friends and we’ve been friends ever since. He introduced me to other people and. I like to go to places where the locals go. The people there are not interested in the money, they are just people having a good time.”
Deborah met Michael about ten years ago. Before that she had never traveled outside of the United States. “Michael brought me here ten years ago. We spend a week here and he introduced me to his friends and of course I fell in love with it. I heard from friends who went to other islands and they were talking about armed guards and you couldn’t go anywhere without people, because it just wasn’t safe, while here we hike mount Christopher, we hike at Jan Thiel.”
One of their favorite activities here on the island is Geocaching. Of course I didn’t know what that was so I had to ask them and then look it up on Google. This is the definition I found for Geocaching. “Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", anywhere in the world.”(1)
According to Michael and Deborah there is a gentleman on the island who goes by the name Digiman. He posts to an internet site called geocaching.com and you put where you will be and they will show you coordinates and you can print out hints of where you can find these little things hidden. Michael found several things here on the island.
Michael and Deborah wants visitors to know more about the sites. But they don’t think we should do more than what we are already doing. “Don’t become like the other islands. Stay like you are. It’s ok to grow, but stay personal. The beauty about coming here is listening to people talk. We like the smell of Curaçao and the food. But mostly, we like the people. Don’t change anything!”
Michael told me his favorite food is kabritu (goat). He loves to eat at the Marshe Bieu. “What I like most is that when I’m there they know who I am. They see thousands of people, but every time they see me, they know who I am. I don’t know how they do it, but that is impressive.”
By Aldrich Hermelijn