The bridge that fell
It occurred at the start of the day, which meant that not everyone was working yet. Unfortunately during this tragic event 15 people lost their lives. It made people question why Curaçao needs a bridge like this?
Willemstad, the capital of our island, that is separated in two areas that located on either side of Bahia Santa Ana. There’s something undeniably alluring about the idea of traveling without an itinerary: showing up at the airport with little more than a ticket in hand and a thirst for adventure, leaving the door open for whatever may come your way. Maybe you’ll have a whirlwind romance! Join a ragtag band of roaming street performers! Become a confident wearer of scarves! The world is your oyster, ready to be sucked from its shell and swallowed whole, probably at that adorable seaside café you just chanced upon while parading around with the street performers..
“Some people might think, ‘Oh, you’re so crazy. You’re not researching or planning.’ But you are — it’s just doing it on the fly.”
Or at least it sounds romantic and exciting. But for many of us, moving from idea to reality — that is, actually winging an entire trip — is the stuff that anxiety attacks are made of, particularly if you’re the type of person who usually plans a full schedule for even a casual weekend getaway, down to the route you’ll take to the dinner you reserved months in advance.
Is it even possible for a Type A traveler to enjoy a vacation when faced with the daunting prospect of a million unknowns? Can anyone who loves planning, logistics, and control really have a good time without a set agenda? The short answer is “yes and no.” The longer answer — based on a few more questions — can be found below.
Shouldn’t I Plan at Least a Little Bit?
Yes. Rest easy, Type A traveler, because at least some planning is essential. First thing’s first: If you’re traveling internationally, you must check the visa and vaccination requirements of the country you’re visiting.
Next up: What’s the weather like? It’s a question that goes beyond packing: If you were hoping for an exotic beach vacation on a little-known Thai island, say, you should check to see if your trip falls within monsoon season. And always look to see whether your destination is having a major holiday or festival. I once visited Bolivia during Carnival and was chagrined to learn that everything was closed. A major holiday can also mean everything is booked solid months in advance.
Traveling, even with the most meticulously laid plans, often forces us to let go and accept that things will not always work out the way we expected them to. But really, isn’t that part of the adventure?
Autor Nolda Rőmer-Kenepa
Editor Gerda Willems
Typographic assitant Arthur Tholel
With thanks to Biblioteka Nashonal Kòrsou Frank Martinus Arion, Mr. Karel L. Josefa “Djaluna 6 di novèmber 1967, Historia di kaida di brug Juliana dia 6 di novèmber 1967”