Where In The World Are David & Leslie?

…On Lockdown in Curacao
Date: April 7, 2021
Location: The Strand, Willemstad, Curacao
Lockdown In Curacao

It’s been over a year now since we sold our home, gave away most of our belongings and started living a “gypsy lifestyle”. Events have not gone as originally planned, but we are actually grateful they have not. We have visited beautiful islands we most likely would not have, met some very warm and interesting people, and sampled delicious local food. And of course we have been able to dive, dive, dive whenever we wanted – until now. Although it has been over a year since the pandemic resulted in the lockdown of many countries and even though the vaccination is now available, the Covid virus is still spreading when people do not adhere to the appropriate protocols. Such is the case on Curacao. People started getting comfortable, new strains were introduced to the island and the number of cases quickly grew to an almost unmanageable number. As a result, the entire island went into lockdown on March 23rd for 2 weeks minimum – which has already been extended to April 15th.

Fortunately we are staying at location with plenty of room and an amazing view. So we will take this time to review our photos and videos, catch up on correspondence and play in a virtual world or two.

Earlier Posts…

…Indulging in a Decadent Breakfast at Ocean Oasis in Bonaire

…Indulging in a Decadent Breakfast at Ocean Oasis in Bonaire

As a reward for finishing the Salt Pier video for his "Shore Dive Collection" David chose to celebrate at Ocean Oasis. He had spotted their Eggs Benedict with salmon on the breakfast menu and had been waiting for the opportunity to indulge in this decadent delight. Just for the record, I also...

…Enjoying the Sunset on our Balcony in Belnem

…Enjoying the Sunset on our Balcony in Belnem

Finally! After 12 months, 10 residences, 3 islands and 2 countries - we are finally in the location we planned for our initial retirement location in May 2020. We arrived on Bonaire on April 30th, and have been enjoying (almost) every minute since. We have a lovely condo overlooking the water with...

…Waiting for Our Flight to Bonaire

…Waiting for Our Flight to Bonaire

We got an early start this morning in an attempt to make sure our luggage traveled with us to Bonaire. Although we enjoyed our time in Curaçao and fell in love with the island (especially the diving), after six weeks of lockdown, we are ready to say good-bye. We wanted to be first in line to...

…Getting Covid Testing

…Getting Covid Testing

Today is our last day in Curaçao - we leave for Bonaire in the morning. While we are looking forward to our next adventure, we are sad to leave the beautiful island of Curacao. We have had many unforgettable dives and met some amazing people while visiting Curaçao, and will definitely be back....

…Exploring the Reefs at Playa Porto Marie

…Exploring the Reefs at Playa Porto Marie

Another day another dive. Today we are with Rebel Diving Curacao at Playa Porto Marie which is known for it's the beach facilities (restaurant, showers, area for divers to suit up and rinse equipment) as well as for it's 2 local residents, Willy and Woody. We were lucky to see both Willy and Woody...

…In a Virtual Reality

…In a Virtual Reality

Who knows where David is right now or what he is doing. He could be killing zombies or destroying beats with his beat saber or doing any other unique activities set in an amazing backdrop. While we do get plenty of exercise diving (including hauling our gear all over the place), David likes to get...

…Enjoying Cheeseballs at The Pen

…Enjoying Cheeseballs at The Pen

David and I are back in Willemstad and couldn't be happier. Staying in the West part of Curacao was an "adventure" and we will say the diving was phenomenal, however our stay in the West did lack some of the luxuries we have become accustomed to like hot water, TV channels (YouTube and Netflix...

…Go West Diving

…Go West Diving

We spent our last dive day in the Westpunt area at Go West Diving. Their house reef, aka "Playa Kalke" and "Alice in Wonderland", is quite lovely, with loads of sponges and "mushroom like" coral formations. The Go West dive center is one of the best we've encountered in the Caribbean. It is very...

…Getting To Know Our Iguana Neighbors

…Getting To Know Our Iguana Neighbors

We have quite a few iguanas as neighbors while staying at Playa Laguna. Like many fish that we encounter underwater, the iguanas display different personalities. Some are very timid and retreat as we approach while others you can hand feed. The iguanas also enjoy lounging in the prickly trees...

…Pop’s Place for David’s Birthday Dinner Reboot

…Pop’s Place for David’s Birthday Dinner Reboot

When asked what type of meal David wanted for his birthday, he said he just wanted a good hamburger. What makes a good hamburger for David? One that is rare, thick and juicy. Very pink in the center and dripping with goodness. On Thursday night, David's birthday, we went to a restaurant in Aruba...