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The Dushi Beauty of the Island of Curaçao in 3 Moments

Curaçao is one of the sweetest places I've ever seen.

Curaçao is one of the sweetest places I’ve ever seen.

Question: What does Dushi mean?

As the world swirls, I’ve clutched calm by mentally voyaging back to the sweet island of Curaçao: the small Caribbean island I had the joy of visiting this summer. To understand why I’m using the word “Sweet“, let’s explore the Papiamentu word, “Dushi.”

Can you see me hiding between the S and H of the Dushi statue?

Can you see me hiding between the S and H of the Dushi statue?

“Dushi” is a beloved and frequently-used word in Curaçao. In the island’s Papiamentu language, “dushi” means sweet, nice, or good. In Curaçao, you can use “dushi” to praise a food, lovely person, or pleasing place. The word is like a hug.

Curacao is a beautiful island in the Caribbean which is protected from hurricanes. This beach, Playa Jeremi, is absolutely stunning.

The Curaçao beach called Jeremi: Stunning.

What are examples of Dushi in Curaçao?

My most dushi moment in Curaçao occurred at Playa Jeremi, a spot on the northwest shore of Curaçao that is one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve seen in my life. It wasn’t just the contrast of the spiky cacti against the sprawling azure sea, however, that spun my heart. It was spotting this father and daughter swim-cuddling:

The love of a father and daughter.

The love of a father and daughter.

Did you squeal, too, when you saw that sweetness?

My second dushi Curaçao moment is this fish mural from Willemstad. The island pulses with Caribbean colors, but this particular building stole my heart. “Hello and welcome!” the fish seems to be singing. Let me embrace you with my fishy fins!

Such a cute fish mural!

Such a cute fish mural!

I originally drove by the building on my first day in Willemstad, but was going too speedily to photograph it. For days, I couldn’t find it again, but as if by magic, it materialized just before my departure. Leaning out the window, I lapped up the art with my camera, snapping heartily, and thanking artists Chantaal Tams and Danique Henriquez for their contribution to the city.

Every angle of the happy fish building is decorated.

Every angle of the happy fish building is decorated.

A closing dushi moment: While night-strolling by the Queen Emma floating bridge in Willemstad, a signal sounded, then people began running off the bridge, giggling and giddy, as the structure started swinging open for a ship. A rainbow ride!

The Queen Emma Floating Bridge in Willemstad, Curacao, is a gorgeous floating rainbow!

The lights of the bridge cavorted in the waves.

I took almost 100 photos as the rainbow lights changed shape to let the boat through! With every inch the bridge moved, a different building appeared from my vantage point. Silhouettes of happy people bounced along, momentarily trapped in the hovering rainbow in the middle of the water, laughing all the while.

Queen Emma Bridge in Willemstad is the queen of pretty ways to cross water.

The Queen Emma Bridge in Willemstad is the queen of pretty ways to cross water.

Curaçao is one of the sweetest places I’ve ever voyaged, and if you’re feeling stressed, gazing at photos of the island — or even visiting in person! — can soothe like a caress. Curaçao, and all the ABC Islands in fact, sit outside the hurricane belt, so don’t discard ideas of travel there because of recent storms. In fact, the island is using its protected geography to assist its neighbors affected by the hurricanes, meaning that bringing business to Curaçao can support the whole region.

So what about you? Which of these moments most resonates with you? Have you been to or thought about Curaçao before? Do share!

From its beaches to its towns, Curaçao is such a sweet place!

From its beaches to its towns, Curaçao is such a sweet place!

I was a guest of the dushi Curaçao Tourist Board, but all dushi declarations are my own!

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Danique Henriquez & Chantal Taams

Friday 16th of November 2018

Hi Lilly, This is Chantal and Danique speaking, who painted the fish mural you saw when you visited Curacao last year. We wanted to express out gratitude for the positive feedback. We hope many more people enjoy it the way you did.

Greetings from Curacao!

Danique Henriquez & Chantal Taams

Friday 16th of November 2018

Hey Lillie,

I came across the blogpost because I'm currently enrolling at colleges and I wanted to see what would come up if I googled myself. I got so excited when I saw a picture of our mural, and then to find out there was a whole blogpost about it was amazing. I was at school so I immediately ran to tell Chantal, who goes to the same high school that I go to. We were both so excited and we are both so grateful it really made our day!

Lillie Marshall

Friday 16th of November 2018

This is so exciting to connect!!! How did the article find its way to you???

Anne Herbertson

Tuesday 14th of November 2017

Amazing!! Eye- catching pictures... Love it..

john

Thursday 2nd of November 2017

To travel is to take a journey into yourself.

Guy

Saturday 28th of October 2017

killer pictures, heard this can be a really fun island to visit

Kell | Happy Go Travel

Tuesday 24th of October 2017

I have never been but after seeing how beautiful it is, I'm definitely adding it to my list!

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