How it all started!
It was bleak and dark that December night in Veenoord, a small village in southeast Drenthe. The headlights of the Schiphol taxi shone relentlessly through the curtains into the living room. There was no escape, the farewell was there.
On December 28, 2004 we emigrated to Curaçao for the second time. This time with two small children, which made saying goodbye even more difficult.
In 1990 I set foot on Curaçao for the first time, which I did not yet know would become my second homeland.
Before coming to Curaçao, I worked as a teacher at Randstad Training Center in Rotterdam. I taught various computer applications and also acted as a hostess. Here I discovered that I am a 'people person'. My passion is giving people a good time. In addition, it was a big dream for me to broaden my horizon beyond the borders of the Netherlands.
It was not easy to leave family and friends behind. And this twice!
Once on Curaçao, I quickly became attached to the underwater world. Seven beautiful diving years followed and one of the treasures I have unearthed is my current husband!
At the beginning of this century, the three of us returned to the Netherlands. We spent 2.5 years in Brabant, where our son's sister was born. However, the blood creeps where it cannot go. Curaçao continued to attract and we decided to take the step again, now with the four of us.
A place under the sun
We are now a generation further and I run the longest existing B&Bs on the island. Since 2007 I have been receiving guests with great pleasure and I am familiarizing them with our 'dushi Kòrsou'.
Our children grew up in and with the B&B. Although it was sometimes a challenge to divide the attention between guests and children in the early stages, as they got older, they have also been able to help me with the daily ins and outs of the B&B from time to time.
Home is a feeling
And now after many years we are left behind because our children are going to study in the Netherlands. With one leg in the Netherlands and the other in Curaçao, the split is sometimes quite painful. Fortunately, the world has become a lot smaller due to technical progress and the Netherlands often feels very close. We have been able to unite the love for both countries in our B&B. The tropical atmosphere of a South American hacienda meets the Dutch cosiness here.
It feels good to share my love for Curaçao with my guests. It's like constantly rediscovering the island through their eyes. And there is much to discover. Curaçao has so much more to offer than sun, sea and beach. The rich history, culture, architecture and population mean that you never get tired of looking, talking and learning.