Bon Biní, Bienvenido, Welkom, Welcome, Benvenuto, Wilkommen!
I'm Elton, 31, from the island of Curaçao (Southern Caribbean) where I was born, raised and currently living. I grew up in a local neighbourhood just west of Otrobanda in Willemstad called "Charo". I speak Papiamentu, Dutch, Spanish, English, regular Italian and beginner German. Curaçao is a small but unique Island. It's not the typical Caribbean island with just sun and beaches. It has a rich and interesting history and culture. The capital, Willemstad, is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visit www.curacao.com for more information.
I love my country and I consider myself a true "Kurasoleño" or "yu Kòrsou" (like we call Curaçaoans in Papiamentu) who appreciates the island, its people and culture. Travel and get to know the world has always been my dream since I was a small kid and I'm enjoying the fact that I'm able to so nowadays. Travelling made me appreciate my country even more than I did before, since I always compare Curaçao to other countries I go to.
I started writing this blog in July 2007, keeping family members, friends and acquaintances informed about my trips. At the moment, starting July 2013, I'm doing a long work & travel trip around the world for a yet unknown period of time. These travels were done all by myself by working hard and saving, no wealthy family!
I'll keep travelling as long as my wallet and my health allow me to do so. Travelling is such a great experience, difficult to properly express it in words. All the different cultures you get to know, the customs and ways of life, different food, big cities, small towns, parties, local celebrations, history, landscapes and others things we don't have or that are different in Curaçao; and all the friends that I've made during my trips. I have contacts in many parts of the world today and that's very valuable! Because of travelling I also learned a new language (Italian), which is the 5th language I learned to speak and I'm still learning...and I know some very basic German too which helps sometimes.
Enjoy and comments are always appreciated!
March 2nd 2014
Ni Hao!!! After Ghana I went back to the Netherlands where I spent one week and saw some family, friends and acquaintances again. Then I left from Amsterdam aboard China Airlines to Taipei, Taiwan with a quick stop in Bangkok, Thailand. I didn't originally plan to visit Taiwan but since I had an option to stay there a few days, I took advantage and did it. I spent 6 days in the country. I found the country to be clean and very modern, the people I dealt with were friendly with superb customer service which the rest of the world could learn from! Taiwan is also known as "Republic of China" because officially it's not an independent country. China still considers Taiwan as part of its territory. It's a very complicated issue, but I consider it ... read more
February 24th 2014
This will be my third and last blog about Ghana. While I was in Kumasi, I visited the Lake Bosomtwe which was formed by a meteorite impact. It’s located about a 45-minute drive by trotro outside of Kumasi and the village Abono lies at its shores. There are a few hotels along the lake and I went to the first one where I sat down and had a drink. Then I walked a little bit along the shore. I had my swimming clothing with me but I didn’t enter the water. I walked further into the direction of the village and there were many locals enjoying a day at the lake: swimming, dancing, eating etc. I just sat down for a while, relax, observed and enjoyed the scene. I continued a bit further where again I ... read more
February 16th 2014
In my first blog I forgot to write about the language. English is widely spoken, since Ghana was a British colony. Besides, the country has MANY different languages but the most spoken language is "Akan". I left Accra and went to Cape Coast. Getting there was an ordeal! Benjamin went with me so I could take the tro-tro (local small bus) to the Cape Coast station and from there continue to Cape Coast. First the buses wouldn’t pass, or they were full. And it was warm! Then I finally got into the tro-tro to the station. Here I needed to walk just a little bit to go where the buses depart from. The station is as chaotic as it gets, pffff! Once I found the Cape Coast bus, I bought a ticket, paid extra for my ... read more
February 10th 2014
"Akwaaba" means "Welcome"! Welcome to Ghana, which was among my top-3 countries I wanted to visit and finally I made it! My visit didn't end very well since I got my notebook stolen (Acer Aspire One) and that's the reason it took me much longer to write the blog. I prefer not to go into the exact details of how it happened as it would make the blog too long. It happened during my last few hours before leaving the country. Thank God I had all my photos somewhere else though, so I didn't lose any picture. The visit to Ghana started in the Netherlands, where I had to arrange my visa in The Hague at the Ghanian Embassy. I flew with TAP Portugal via Lisbon to Accra. During slavery many enslaved Africans in Curaçao came ... read more
January 20th 2014
Hello everybody, this is my second and last blog from the USA. In Orlando I took Southwest Airlines to Baltimore and then continued to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Here I spent a couple of days with my mate Jochem and his family. As the plane approached, the landscape was covered by snow. The airport was too full of snow. Jochem and his whole family weren't home yet, they were abroad and coming that same night so a friend of Jochem picked me up. I spent some time with his friend and later he dropped me off at Jochem's house. Jochem left me a key somewhere so I went inside, used the internet, ate and slept until they arrived. Grand Rapids has about 200.000 people and the whole area around the city has a big population consisting of ... read more
January 15th 2014
Hello everybody, First of all a "Happy New Year" to everybody. May all your goals and wishes become true in 2014, blessings to everyone. From Dusseldorf in Germany I flew American Airlines via Chicago to Miami, USA. I stayed three nights in Miami and then boarded a Carnival cruiseship through the Caribbean for 6 days. This whole visit was not originally planned at all. My friends from Bonaire asked me if I'd like to join and the deal was too good to refuse. Luckily enough I found a very cheap return flight from Europe so I decided to do it. We were supposed to be 6 persons in total but 2 of them didn't go anymore. It was my second time in Miami. It was mid-December and the weather was perfect: not too hot and not ... read more
January 4th 2014
Guten tag! First of all a Happy New Year for everyone, all the best for 2014! I'm still behind with the blog. From East Midlands (UK) I flew RyanAir to Berlin. I've been several times to Germany but this was my 1st time in Berlin! The weather wasn't that great (end-November) and that wasn't very motivating. It rained and that gave me less time to actually see the city. But I was satisfied with what I've seen. The German capital is the largest city in the country with more than 3,5 million people. I didn't find the city to be "pretty" but it's very interesting with a lot of history and has a nice atmosphere. In Berlin I met with Daniel again, the Cuban guy I met in Poland before. We hung around most of the ... read more
December 26th 2013
Hello everybody! Fist of all a "Merry Christmas" to everybody!! I'm more than a month behind with the blog because I visited the UK in mid-November. In Wroclaw I boarded Ryanair towards Bristol, United Kingdom in what became my third visit to this country after 2004 and 2007. The only reason to visit the UK was to meet with some friends I've met during prior travels. I didn’t manage to see all of them. Rebecca had to move just during those days I planned to meet her. I knew in advance that they might have to move anytime during those days, too bad! We spoke on the phone though. When I arrived in Bristol I took a bus to Cardiff in Wales where I met Ian. He's a Polish-Filipino guy who grew up mostly in France ... read more
December 15th 2013
"Move your imagination", that's the tourism slogan of Poland in eastern Europe! I visited Poland for a week early November. This country is part of the European Union but uses its own currency called "Polish Zloty" which was approx. 4 Zloty's to the Euro. In Bratislava I took a night-train to Krakow in southern Poland. I had a sleeping compartment all to myself. The journey took about 8 hours because at a certain point the train was stopped and divided in different wagons going to different destinations. In Bratislava the train was very long. The first two or three wagons were going to Krakow and other parts to Warsaw and Berlin. Poland was cheap!!! I enjoyed that so much I didn't cook much at the hostels because eating outside didn't cost too much! What I didn't ... read more
December 8th 2013
Dobrý deň (Good day), Like the title of this blog says, I made an unplanned visit to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. The plan was to go straight to Poland after Budapest but then I thought "why not stop briefly in Bratislava first"? Slovakia used to form one single country together with Czech Republic, called "Czechoslovakia" between the end of World War II and 1993. The train from Budapest to Bratislava took about 2,5 hours. Bratislava is also Slovakia's largest city with about half a million people and lies on the shores of the Danube River. Vienna, Austria's capital, is just about 40km from Bratislava but I've been there already in 2006 and didn't want to go again. Bratislava is not a big city which is good because I didn't have much time to stay here...just two ... read more