Museum Kas Di Palmi Maishi – a UNESCO Heritage site

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The Museum Kas Di Palmi Maishi is a must see while in Curacao – it presents the island’s history from the Indians to the abolition of slavery. By capturing history, the museum shows the strength of the people who fought and freed themselves from slavery.             Advertisements

The authentic dining experience – Plasa Bieu

The Plasa Bieu, established in the 1970’s, is a traditional Curacao market found in Punda.

Open Monday – Friday, for lunch only, it is a place where tourists eat alongside locals, the blue collar next to the white collar, and everyone in between. It is about the food and sharing in the culture.

The menu is set from day to day and you eat what is available. There are several different vendors that work out of the market and they arrive at 4am to start prepping for the day’s lunch. I dined on stewed goat with rice and beans (Iguana soup wasn’t available that day). It was truly delicious and truly a taste of the Curacao: the people, the food, and the culture.

A local waits for his meal

A local waits for his meal

A vendor keeps busy filling lunch orders

A vendor keeps busy filling lunch orders

Ladies serving up a taste of the local Curacao

Ladies serving up a taste of Curacao

A tourist watches as lunch is served

A tourist watches as lunch is served

Locals and tourists grab lunch in the Plasa

Locals and tourists grab lunch in the Plasa

Stewed goat with rice/beans and plantains

Stewed goat with rice/beans and plantains

Lunch prep starts at 4am and goes until around 2pm

Lunch prep starts at 4am and goes until around 2pm

Island Hoppin

I recently returned from a 7 day cruise in the Caribbean – the Carnival Victory hit the islands of St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, and St. Maarten. While I have determined that cruising is not for me and I’m more of a 4 days on an island-explore on own-go at own pace-kinda girl, it was an experience that I have learned from and unfortunately get to repeat next year. (Taking students on a cruise is “an integral part of the travel curriculum” and since I am the only professor in the travel curriculum…well you get the picture).

Speaking of pictures – here are my favorites! I tried to narrow it down as best I could…My goal was to try and capture the islands in both the scenery, the people, and just random details that make-up the island as a whole. Given the way I was traveling (via tour bus with lots of other people) I’m mostly happy with what I came up with. Enjoy!

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