We had a Dutch woman taxi driver this morning to take us to the airport. She's been living on Bonaire most of her life. Once we were at the airport and thru the inevitable check-in line, we had to wait quite awhile for our flight. The plane was late - not that it mattered to us. It's only a 20 minute flight to Curacao! A nice young couple from the car rental place were waiting for us at airport to give us a ride to our accomodation. He's from Curacao and she's from Holland, they met when he went over there to school. Now she is moving to Suriname, where her parents are from, and starting a Bubble Tea store. She told us lots about Suriname and was very enthusiastic about her new country.
It was a long drive from the airport and we were very glad we didn't have to navigate our way around. Once we got to our place, our rental car was waiting for us, as well as our host, Peter.
Here they just turn the car and key over to you - no paper to sign, no money changes hands, just trust that you are on an island and you can't get away with the car anyway. After all the hassles to rent a car in Canada or the States, it certainly seems strange!
This definitely the ritziest place we have stayed this trip. 2 storey, 2 bedroom, huge living room, pool just outside the kitchen window, hot tub in the master bedroom, shaded patio on main floor and sunny balcony on the second that both bedrooms open on to. (I know - dangling participle!)
Those doors onto the balcony caused a problem. I had opened one of ours and Rob had opened one of his to let in more air. After we had been out having lunch and getting groceries, we were sitting around discussing plans and it started to pour!! It goes from no rain to bucketing down in about 1 minute - the wind gets violent and everything is soaked. So we rush upstairs - I got quite wet just shutting the door and then there is a lake on the floor and the bed is wet. Yikes! It took 2 beach towels to soak up all the water on the floor and we took the comforter off the bed and deposited it in the shower for the night. So even after we had supper and went to bed, I ended up putting a towel down on my side of the bed so it wouldn't feel so wet. What a way to start our visit here.