An American Abroad

Curaçao Colors

Curaçao is a Dutch island about 50 miles off the Venezuelan coast. About 160,000 people live on this island, of whom more than 90% live in the capital city, Willemstad. It was here I flew on Monday, September 18 to avoid the wrath of Hurricane Maria as it bore down on Puerto Rico.

The first thing you notice as you approach the city is color. There are traditional Dutch colors of red, white, blue and orange mixed with electric Caribbean shades of green, yellow, purple, and pink.

Even some of the city’s vehicles have adopted the color scheme.

The same colors were on display at the market by the waterfront.

A little further up the street, I saw a fruit truck being unloaded by a colorful game of catch.

There were also some odd birds whose plumage was as vivid as the walls of the old Dutch colonial buildings.

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