Sunday, June 22, 2008

Curaçao.......

It's been a while since my ramblings have taken me back to the island...it's time, I think. Camille, my daughter was here for a few days. She lives in London, so we were so excited about this visit! She was to attend a wedding in the Bahamas with her boyfriend and then come over to be with us for a few days. We were counting on the weather.....Miami had other plans.

It rained and there was thunder and lightning and there was not enough time to see everyone or visit with friends.....which takes me to Curaçao. When either of my children visited the island, it seemed that we had time for so much. Get togethers, visits with friends, out to lunch and out to dinner, drinks on Thursdays, beach on weekends, how did we do all that?

Simple. The lifestyle is so laid-back and relaxed. There is no place too far, no hours on highways crawling with cars, no downpours at all hours, no waiting for everything you need to do. There is no rush or missed opportunities. You can be spontaneous, plan a picnic, a beach day, a dinner party or to have friends over for drinks from one day to the next! Planning doesn't take so much effort and everyone is always game for anything that includes a celebration of any sort.

Here, just the logistics of getting your friends to agree to anything, is daunting. There are the jobs, the chores, the grandchildren to babysit. Then there is the fact that not all of them can come on a given day. Then the execution of your plans: go to the market (here you can find anything, it's true!) where you can waste a fair amount of time, go back home and prepare all the fare to be offered and get yourself ready to entertain. Your friends will arrive at your home...and you'll be exhausted! I am surprised anyone gets anything done here! I am also surprised people are not in a constant bad mood.

Miami has a lot to offer and it's a place where many people are very happy, I'm sure. For others, and I know some of them, things are too hectic, to impersonal, too stressful, So, YES, take me back to the island. I need to relax, enjoy the beach and the sunsets, see my friends, play bridge, have a drink on a Thursday, make a surprised visit to anyone.....recharge my batteries. I am again counting on a visit...soon!

7 comments:

Spider63 said...

It has been raining too much for the past couple of weeks and that is getting on my nerves! It is hard to go out to the beach, etc. when it is raining!!

Pratishtha Durga said...

I tagged you, merc. Plz see the blog for details.

Sunset Goddess said...

Spider63...
Totally understand...this time of the year Miami is awful!!!!

Sunset Goddess said...

Prati..Working on the tag thing....give me time!!!

Pratishtha Durga said...

Merc, take your time! Will look forward to your compliation.

indra said...

i knew you would want to come back someday? shall i look around for a house or would you prefer a condo? I'll start looking in the " makelaars krant"

Sunset Goddess said...

Indra, feel free to start looking!!!!