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My new years' resolution lasted 4 days...
After what can only be called a crazy year in 2020 with limited vacation. I asked permission to work from Curaçao remotely as well as take a few weeks off. This would allow me to spend some time with my parents, meet friends, and soak up some sun.
Then came 3 total-island-wide black-outs in the period when I was there. The last happening on the 1st Monday of 2021, when everyone just got back to work.
In 2021, I promised myself to be less sarcastic and be nicer, however, Aqualectra (our local utility company) decided to test my resolve. So, I decided to channel my inner sarcasm into an article. An article on how to survive a blackout on Curaçao…
Sidenote: I still consider that I partially kept my resolution
Where to find Wifi and charging stations:
Remote workers, digital nomads, IG and FB addicts, lend me your ears. Here are a few places where you can get a Wifi connection and possibly even charge your laptop or phone
Cabana beach > Charging stations and strong wifi. Frequented by web designers, great to work on your tan as we.
How do you think I wrote this article?
Star Bucks Renaissance Mall > the faithful Starbucks will never disappoint. It’s what you’d expect from a Starbucks
Sambil Mall > Located close to Piscadera, you can get a little shopping done while you’re there
Where to get food when restaurants are closed?
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance the food in your fridge is halfway gone.
In the event, you’re in an Airbnb or other home/apartment with no restaurant, or if your nearest restaurant doesn’t have a generator, there’s one place you can always go for food.
The Legendary Truk i Pan...
Across the island, you will find food trucks (called truk i pan) working regardless of rain, sleet or snow…well just rain.
Food trucks are embedded in our culture. A symbol of amazing street food and an appetite for nightlife. Historically Truk i Pans open only in the later hours (9 pm onwards), but due to Covid restrictions, you will find trucks opening as early as 4 pm and closing at 8 pm. Please note that the last orders will be taken before 8 pm.
Drive or walk anywhere on the island and you’ll be bound to find a Food Truck.Places to start: Salinja, Caracasbaaiweg, Santa Rosaweg or Santa Mariaweg.
Tip: Some do delivery as well, so take their number
BBQ Express Source: Tripadvisor
Buy a generator
I admit this tip does show the sarcasm in me. But, if you’re here for the long-term it’s worth asking whether your place has a generator. Possibly you’d want to buy one, you can do so at Kooyman Or Building Depot. Especially if you’re working from home often.
Candles and Flashlights
I recently bought my parents a USB rechargeable light bar from Milwaukee tool that has enough light to light up a room but small enough to fit in your pocket (image below). Available at Kooyman.
Looking for more traditional flashlights or candles? You have a range of selections at Goisco, CostuLess, Centrum Supermarket, or pretty much any supermarket on the island.
This little fellow packs a punch Source:Toolguyd
Book a hotel
Not convinced? Or not keen on playing "survivalist for a day"? Book yourself into one of our hotel resorts and get pampered.
To end on a positive note: Take advantage of the black-out and look at the stars and the moon. Or simply enjoy the silence. Take this time as a means to detox from social media or spend time with the family.
Enjoy the dark.
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