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Last year, Sana asked me if wanted to join her and Sjon on a cruise in the Caribbean. Cruises turned out to be not easy to fit in our agendas. The alternative, visiting the island of Cuba was suggested. Unfortunately, and to my horror, my status as a USA resident prevented this. USA citizens are not allowed to visit Cuba, and this freedom limiting rule apparently also applies to USA residents. At least the company lawyer advised me to not go. Another idea, to visit the Leeward Dutch Caribbean islands also turned out to be impossible because the costs of hotels on Sint Maarten, Saba, and Sint Eustatius turned out ridiculously high. A last idea turned out feasible, visiting the Windward Caribbean, more specific the Island of Curaçao turned out the best option.
Today I traveled from New York LaGuardia Airport to Miami, to change planes for Curaçao. A nice journey through temperature zones, leaving LGA at 2 °C (36 F) with snow everywhere, via a nice 20 °C (68F) sunny MIA ending up with 30 °C (86F) in CUR. American Airlines took me there on two very pleasant flights.
Curaçao just became an independent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Unfortunately this was immediately visible for the immigration procedures. In the plane I, again, had to, isn't there a place in the world where you can go without filling out all kind of non-sense forms, fill out an immigration form. And after arriving at Hato Airport, I had to stand in line for a long time to clear immigration. Another disappointment: Hato Airport has installed jet ways on the piers. So, no longer those nice arrivals descending the plane stairs and walking the tarmac to the terminal.
Sana, who arrived yesterday, had come to Hato. We saved a USD30 taxi fare by taking the Convooi bus for USD0.80 per person. A nice 1-hour trip trough Willemstad.
It is so nice to be back on Curaçao! Dushi Korsow!