Sorry for the delay, y'all... You'd think after 3 -- or is it 4? -- years of A-to-Z-ing I'd have learned not to underestimate the post-April burnout, but every year it's the same. Come May, I'm a useless blogger. (More than usual, I mean.) I did, finally, g...
X-ing In Curaçao, crossings are one of the many quirks used to trap us foreigners into hilarious clueless entertainment for locals. Roundabout in Otrobanda There's your normal, everyday, run-of-the-mill roundabout or traffic circle . We all know the rules ...
Worldly tax lawyer Luis Villalobos is lured to a small Caribbean island by expectations of career achievements and professional ambition. But the paradise we expect is seldom the paradise we get.
THE MIRACLE OF SMALL THINGS is a novel in stories, a portrait in 13 segments of what it means to be an expat. Author Guilie Castillo is a Mexican import herself who transferred to Curaçao "for six months" -- and, twelve years later, is still there. Besides reading excerpts, signing books, and speaking about Curaçao (that magical island where cultural diversity rules), Guilie and publisher Matt Potter (Truth Serum Press), Australian by birth and citizen of the world by nature, will be starting a conversation about the power of place in our definition of self, and how immigration impacts that definition.
Come meet Curaçao. Come as Luis Villalobos should have come to the island: prepared for a drastic readjustment of the things you value most.
The sharp crack of tiles against wood -- domino tiles, that is -- is a trademark sound of Curaçao streets. At every bus stop and taxi depot, at every snék (when the bachata music isn't too loud--and sometimes even then). Crack! Crack! Crack-CRACK-crack! ...
I'm running behind, I know... It's been a hectic month. Besides the A-to-Z, my publisher and I are busy wrapping up THE MIRACLE OF SMALL THINGS for the NYC launch in September -- final edits and tweaks, illustrations (my idea, not so great in retrospect), p...
viña [VEE-njah] Literally: vine Yep. As in the vine that gives vineyards their name. In context, however, it does not mean vine -- it means wine . Is it weird that, whenever I hear people order wine in Papiamentu -- red ( viña korá) or white ( viña bla...
It's actually truk di pan [TROOK - dee - PAHN] but -- go on, say that fast five times. Uh-huh, that K and D don't really jibe, do they? So, at the speed of speech (especially Papiamentu speech--speed, I mean), it becomes truk'i pan [TROOK-ee-PAHN] Ahhh... S...
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