The unique Caribbean culture of Curacao

The unique Caribbean culture of Curacao

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Do you know your ABCs? We’re talking the ABC islands — Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, the three westernmost islands of the Leeward Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. Aruba is best known to Americans; Bonaire is a diver’s paradise....
Cooking with the locals on Curacao

Cooking with the locals on Curacao

By Eileen Ogintz If you want to get the true sense of Curacao, you’ve got to meet locals—local families to be specific. Try a cooking class with Krris Kierindongo. Kierindongo introduces us to his mom and aunt as they are busy chopping herbs, squeezing juice and...
The Amazing Cathedral of Thorns in Curacao

The Amazing Cathedral of Thorns in Curacao

By Eileen Ogintz Think a kind of maze made out of thorns—92 million in fact fashioned into blocks in which art has been inserted, creating an open-air gallery of sorts. “This is an ode to the free spirit,” explains artist Herman Van Bergen, who is Dutch but married to...
Herbal Remedies with a long history on Curacao

Herbal Remedies with a long history on Curacao

By Eileen Ogintz           Got pine needles? Brew them into a tea and they could help with Covid-19 respiratory symptoms. We learned this at an eclectic herb garden in the Caribbean. “It’s a very old herbal remedy used...
Bon Bini from Curacao, a gem in the Southern Caribbean

Bon Bini from Curacao, a gem in the Southern Caribbean

By Eileen Ogintz Bon Bini means welcome in Papiamentu, language of Curacao, a gem of an island with 150,000 people in the Southern Caribbean. Papiamentu emerged as the local language spoken everywhere in this area — from African languages, Spanish, Dutch,...
Understanding Autism and celebrating differences

Understanding Autism and celebrating differences

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Who hasn’t had a travel nightmare when taking the kids? The worst I’ve heard is having a plane of angry passengers booing your family as you try to calm a child on the autism spectrum. “People are very quick to judge,” explained...
Should you splurge on travel this spring and summer?

Should you splurge on travel this spring and summer?

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Talk about being spoiled. We have a chef, assistant chef, two butlers, two housekeepers, a lawn crew (there are beautifully landscaped grounds, the beach is meticulously raked) and a manager who oversees it all. Our biggest...
Taking the kids on spring break safely

Taking the kids on spring break safely

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Got your backpack? Reusable water bottle? Especially this year, consider getting outdoors for spring break. The more time you can spend outdoors, the safer you’ll be, public health experts suggest. But that doesn’t necessarily...
Making time for romance on vacation

Making time for romance on vacation

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Imagine sitting in your private hot tub overlooking the jungle, listening to howler monkeys and birds. Consider a hilltop alfresco couples massage or bespoke just-for-you cocktails under the stars made from a variety of infused...
Cooking with a local master over an open hearth

Cooking with a local master over an open hearth

By Eileen Ogintz We’ve signed on for an Open Hearth cooking lesson at The Lodge at Chaa Creek and there’s a lot of chopping to do, says our teacher and chef Marco Yuk.  Marco has been cooking here for years and is working to become a master chef. He...