|Westpunt beach (photo Sanza)|
Eventually she found the connection and saw her desitiny written on a wall. Invited by Afro-Europe, she wrote a travel story and connected Africa and the Caribbean.
"Generally people were friendly, surprised and happy to learn I was from Congo.
Food was great and actually similar to West and Central African food. We also eat beans and rice, cornmeal (what they call fungi), cassava and plantains as well. I tasted Iguana soup in Jonchies restaurant near Westpunt and it was just good. Nothing special about it.
But there is something very colonial in the air. Black people are at the bottom of the society and the key functions are handled by whites. Even the labour unions from what I saw on TV. It's a very colonial society. It feels like they want to make it an island for the well being of the 'makambas' [a pejorative in Papiamentu for Dutch white people] and whites in general. Even the local music is not played in the cafés and pubs in town!!! I don't think i'm paranoid when I say the racism and the attempt to make the local black culture silent or disappear is very subtle. That's what makes me sometimes amazed and so sad at the same time about our people, we can be so proud of our survival and on the other hand we are still not free - even in many parts of Africa.
I had the chance to visit the Tula museum of slave revolt leader Tula and the garden of herbal woman Dinah Veeris. It was also very emotional because those women were literally happy to see someone from the motherland being interested in the survival of African culture. I think I made strong connection with them. By the way, the Tula museum and the Tula statue are mentioned nowhere in the city, or in the tourist books. Unfortunately I missed the unofficial ceremony in memory of Tula on the 18th of August. I got lost when I looked for the place.
|Museum Tula (photo Sanza)|
|The Penha building in Punda with the symbol meaning that the family got wealthy thanks to slavery (photo Sanza)|
I also met the owner of Landhuis Habaai, an art gallery. I learned Tambù time is in December.
I also met the owner of a Surinamese restaurant (Ruytters cafe I think) in Punda and he treated me like a princess when he found out I was from the motherland!
I felt home amongst the people in Curaçao, only the language was a barrier. Everybody assumed I was from there until I started to speak. I'm telling you, we are definitely one in spite of all the differences we may have.
|A writing on the wall near Punda over the bonds between Africa and Curaçao. And that writing mentioning Congo!!! I had to go to there, it was part of my destiny indeed (photo Sanza)|
8 days were definitely too short because I was just starting to meet afrocentric/ afroconscious people.
I personally think that blacks like me who are directely from the motherland should travel and meet the diaspora much more than we are doing now. I think you'll see more Caribbeans or Afro-americans considering going or going to Africa, than the reverse. I can still feel the benefits for me and the people I met."