Since 1994, the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao has had a special place in my heart. Every now and then I organize workshops or retreats on the island. After my recent writing retreat in March 2019, I discovered many new places, which I will share in this blog.
Every time my plane is about to land on this island in the Dutch Caribbean, my heart makes a little jump. For more than 2 decades I’ve had a love-hate relationship with this special island, but in the end, the love always seems to win. No matter how sure I was that I never wanted to go back, as soon as the airplane doors open, the warm, humid wind embraces me and I know I am home.
The US Virgin islands consist of three big islands (St Thomas, St John and St Croix) and some smaller ones. They used to be Danish, until the US bought them in the 1930’s because they were afraid the Germans would get hold of the strategic [...]
Magical island in the clouds Saba is magical! A fairy-tale community of white houses + red roofs built on a steep volcano. There’s only one road, which is referred to as ‘the road that could not be built’, because Dutch engineers said the [...]
Paradise! I have had the privilege to experience the beautiful islands of the BVI on a sailboat. Turquoise waters, white beaches and turtles, it doesn’t get any better than this! Virgin Gorda: Richard Branson owns a private island in this [...]
A humbling hurricane experience… In 1996 I had briefly visited the Bahamas by boat and on jet ski with some friends from Miami. We enjoyed the sun, sea and fun. In 2008, however, I was about to have a completely different experience… In the [...]