Bandabou(w) is where I’m located as a child born Curaçao Creative. Bandabou means the lower land or lower part of island Curaçao (although has the highest mountain) in Antilles- Dutch Caribbean. As often mentioned, this part of the island is known for best cultivating and recreating. It pertains the best natural beaches, old antique style houses, historical land-houses from slave histories – peaceful valleys -creeks (rainwater dams) and mountains picturing nuances color changes and wild blooming trees, cactus, and traditional bushes.
Twice a year (February and October after a rushing rain) the famous national tree blooms. That’s the dominant yellow color wild flowering ‘Kibra hacha, which covers awesome large parts of hills- and mountain- slopes giving a bridegroom show-effect and instills the nerves when admiring from afar. Also, the hibiscus-like sweet Cherries called ‘Shimaruku’ will flourish in heavy rains along the roads. It gives us an opportunity to savor and take in vitamin C to protect our bodily immune system. Also, in valleys, ‘mondi’ wilderness and ‘kunuku’ plantation’ along alleys or goat roads you’ll suddenly discover different trees heavy tilted with deliciously sweet cherries. Then comes the seasonable Vanilla wild trees along lanes which give fantastic odor early evening when passes by.
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 resting salt lakes covered with pink of flamingos — on large scale coming in from Orinoco River in Venezuela to nestle in our serene quiet areas where formerly salt was extracted.
Jan Kok area.
Most people lower land show their kind character and going about their own business. Interesting is that in the old days Bandabou could see neighborhoods providing in their own needs like old-style farming skills and cattle holding. But also craftsmanship was a customary necessity and provided were tin-equipments, wood objects, thatched materials, clay sorts, and more. Each neighborhood had one shoemaker, one sewer, one traditional healer or herbal medicines were always present to cure for chronicle illnesses and prenatal consulting available.
On other end, famous story-tellers arose during ancient times and troubadours turned central with their cultural drum while famous compositions and singers arose. Proceed are the best mechanics, wood carvers, winemakers, boat builders, merchants and groceries, politicians, herb healers and candy makers all in one breath. Bakers with an outside oven was pure traditional. Another interest to follow is, Bandabou inhabitants maintained its old- African custom and prefer their traditional language to be high up in existence, which is constant in exploring and researching by linguist experts – this to maintain past traditional oral tongue documentation. With interest, Also preserve the Islands Native history in slave times and developments after. Papiamento is the Creole tongue that literary means ‘talking language’ and is combination of different languages, 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. Then soon you’ll discover mixed Mulatto through mingling. Must mention as well citizens of Jews origin (A’dam-Brazil-Israel), Portuguese(Brazil-Portugal), Windward Islands (Caribbean). Suriname, Venezuelan, Lebanese, India(n), then Dominican Republic-Colombian, Haitian, Chinese together with another second huge exploration of most Dutch. Following immigration has expanded with Jamaicans, Americans, English, French, Africans until now we have the greatest Multi mix citizens inclusive minor other cultures. From former Dutch Antilles of 6 islands -3 are incorporated into BES-providence under Dutch Reign since 2010, while remaining Aruba-St. Marten en Curaçao is in Autonomous state still in Corporate with the Dutch reign.
Willemstad Center is the Heritage UNESCO big Business Capital and Governing site with Dutch style Architectural color buildings and Businesses.
The Eastern part (Bandariba) has majority Dutch settling and man- made beaches and other boosting trade-businesses. Also, Real Estate facilities as well other parts of Island including rising effect in Bandabou which tend to keep a watch on to protect landscape and wild life. Touristic investing is emerging like rising mushrooms and will surrounding lose its mystical class ? It questions big parts landscape to be suddenly leased and dominated through Real Estate for Resorts facilities, Lands and Beach owning. Hopefully there is larger space left where peace and tranquility can remain and traffic can go freely since one main central road goes to all side traffic areas in Bandabou.
This agglomerated growing populated Bandabou altogether tends interesting for welcoming new functions but ultimately living this Lower part island yearns deeply and traditionally in maintain its unique charm and tranquility.
Asyla ten Holt-All rights reserved.
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