Today hasn’t been as relaxed as yesterday. I guess that’s not surprising since it would be difficult to get any more relaxed than that. Kelly suggested this morning that we go to the dive center, The Dive Bus, which is located to the east of us, almost down to Mambo Beach. Google claimed it would be a 29 minute walk. He said (optimistically) that we could probably find a place to eat breakfast on the way. It sounded reasonable to me; we would walk for 15 minutes, stop and have breakfast, and then walk the rest of the way to the dive center. On the way back we could get groceries. Sure it’s hot and humid like crazy, but it sounded like a reasonable plan.
So we walked and we walked. There were no cafés or restaurants, only houses after houses. Some really nice, some derelict. Lots of people had dogs in the yard. It rained. First just a drizzle, but then it turned into more steady rainfall. We passed the grocery store and eventually arrived at the dive center. At The Dive Bus we met Darren, a very friendly dive master from the UK. He booked us in for a refresher dive on Monday morning. The rain was now drumming angrily on the ground outside, so we really didn’t want to leave. Darren kindly offered to go over some diving theory with us since neither one of us could go anywhere anyway. We took a quiz and I did okay on it; I think Kelly got all the questions right. Since we hadn’t eaten anything at all, and barely had any water either, I now had a pounding headache. Darren gave me a cup of water and two painkillers, and I ate a cookie that I had in my bag, and was starting to feel a little bit better.
The rain stopped and we asked where we could get something to eat. Darren directed us to Mambo Beach Boulevard nearby. We took off walking again, and it was a bit longer than I had wished. Plus there were no sidewalks for a large part so we had to walk in the mud on the side of the road. At least I got food at the boulevard! We had Dutch mini pancakes called poffertjes – a super healthy meal with loads of butter and powdered sugar on top… And then I bought a pair of board shorts for diving and snorkeling in.
After having at least that little bit of nourishment, we walked all the way back. First to The Dive Bus, where we picked up fins that we rented for snorkeling. Then to the grocery store to get some breakfast food, snacks and water. And then back to the hotel; now it was sunny and hot and the rain was long gone . It was already two o’clock in the afternoon when we got back! Unfortunately my headache was so bad at that point that I basically spent the rest of the day in bed :(. We didn’t even go out for dinner, but ate some of the bread and cheese we got from the grocery store earlier.
I took some pictures from our walk that show a bit of a different side of Curaçao compared to when all you see are beach pics, piña coladas and fancy hotels.