C is for Curacao: Featured Post Card for the A to Z Challenge.
Apparently my mom had a life before she had a family. Who knew!? I’m being sarcastic of course, but in reality there is so much of my mom that I’ve only recently learned. This is one of the main reasons I planned our mother/daughter trip to Europe for this summer, so I can learn more about her life in a capacity more than just “Mom” or even as “wife” to my dad – both of which I know plenty about and neither of which paints a complete picture.
So today’s post card is of Curacao, in the Netherlands Antilles. There’s no text on the back, but I assume my mom bought this post card when she visited Curacao back in the 1970’s (I’m just guessing at the date: Mom – feel free to chime in). I don’t even know if she knows this post card exists / is in my possession!
Apparently, my mom spent a good amount of time in her 20s traveling, just like I’m itching to do now. She knew a family who went to Curacao on vacation, and tagged along as a nanny/au pair. They got a built-in babysitter, she got a free trip to the Caribbean! (Apparently my mom is a hipster travel hacker, getting free vacations way before it was cool!) She also took a trip to Europe with her mother in the 1970s, which inspired me to carry on the “tradition” and book our mother/daughter trip for this year.
Last year, I took a vacation in St. Kitts, another tiny island in the Caribbean. Luckily, I didn’t have any small children to chase after, so most of my time was spent relaxing on the beach, on a horseback ride, in a massage, etc. I wonder what a trip to the Caribbean was like 30-40 years ago? I imagine the tourism aspect was barely developed at that point, and of course cell phones / internet / etc did not exist. It sounds like a relaxing way to get away from it all. Maybe one day I’ll visit Curacao and get my own post card!
I’m participating in the Blogging from A-Z Challenge this year! Over the month of April, I’ll be featuring my post cards for all 26 letters of the alphabet. So get ready to see more of my massive post card collection!
- CARIBBEAN 101: The Definite Guide To Choosing an Island By Shermans Travel Editorial Staff (travelwiseonline.wordpress.com)
- Curaçao Art Website to Make Visual Arts More Accessible (repeatingislands.com)