Bandabou(w) is where I’m located as a child born Curacao Creative. Bandabou means the Lower land or Lower part of island Curacao (although has the highest mountain) in Lower Antilles- Dutch Caribbean. As often mentioned, this part of the island is known as best cultivating and recreating. It pertains to the best natural beaches, old antique style houses, historical land-houses from slave histories – peaceful valleys -creeks (rainwater dams) and mountains picturing wild blooming trees, cactus, and wild traditional bushes.
Twice a year (February and October after rain) the famous national tree blooms – it’s the yellow wild flowered ‘Kibra hacha, which covers awesome parts of hills- and mountain slopes giving a bridegroom effect and instill the nerves when watching. from afar. Also, the hibiscus-like sweet Cherries called ‘Shimaruku’ will flourish in heavy rains and give us an opportunity for its vitamin C while cover valleys and alleys along goat roads.
Fancifully are the style houses with beautiful flowered- and fruits gardens, big charming veranda’s and diversity of birds chirping around in tranquil areas and Iguanas sunbathing on their roofs. Other sites are lakes covered with pink of flamingos — on large scale coming in from Orinoco River in Venezuela to nestle in serene quiet areas where formerly salt was found.
in Jan Kok area.
Most people show their kind character still going about their own business. Interesting is that in the old days Bandabou could see neighborhoods providing in their own needs like the old-style skills with farming and cattle holding. But also craftsmanship was ample available being providers for each neighborhood like one shoemaker, one sewer, and providing in various kind utensils and traditional herbal medicines.
Furthermore, famous story-tellers arose during time and troubadours turned central with their cultural drum and compositions and singers. Proceed are the best mechanics, wood carvers, winemakers, boat builders, groceries merchants, politicians, herb healers and candy makers all in one breath. Finally, to mention Bandabou had the old- African custom of holding it’s traditional language high up in existence, now exploring and researching to maintain its past traditional oral tongue. This interest preserves the Islands Native Papiamentu-Creole literary means ‘talking language’. It’s a combination of different tongues, mostly derived from Spanish and Portuguese (80%) along with Dutch and many African words, somewhat English mixed with supposedly French.
Majority of population our islands take, are originated from slaves from West-Africa through Dutch colonization. Than soon you’ll discover mixed Mulatas. Must mention as well citizens of Jews (A’dam-Brazil-Israel), Portuguese(Brazil-Portugal), Windward Islands (Caribbean). Suriname, Venezuelan, Lebanese, India(n), then Dom. Republic-Colombian together with the second huge exploration of Dutch. Following immigration has expanded with Jamaicans, Haitians, Americans, English, French, Africans unto a general Multi mix inclusive minor other Cultures. From former Dutch Antilles of 6 islands -3 incorporated itself into BES-providence under Dutch Reign, while remaining Aruba-St. Marten en Curacao are in Autonomous state still in Corporate Dutch Dominion. Willemstad Center is the Heritage UNESCO big Business Capital and Governing site with Dutch style Architectural main interest and Businesses with amicable Taxes.
The Eastern part (Bandariba) has majority Dutch settlements and man made Beaches and other boosting business Trades and Real Estate facilities like in other parts of Island including rising effect in Bandabou which tends to keep a watch on. These Investing are emerging like mushrooms and surrounding will lose its rustique atmosphere. Sneakily big parts landscape are dominated with from Real Estate little Resorts, Lands and Beach owning. Hopefully there is larger space left where peace and tranquility will still remain for the agglomerated crowd living on the Lower part island that yearns for this peace.
Asyla ten Holt-All rights reserved. Revised February 2018