"Dushi" - Quarantine in paradise
A startup in Texas and the owners stuck in Germany? That can't work in the long run. It should go ahead!
But how should we do that during covid-19?
The direct entry from Germany to the USA is not possible due to the current regulations, so a plan B had to be found. It is said that we must have been in a country outside the Schengen area at least 14 days beforehand to be allowed to enter the United States.
Now we had to find a country that we can travel to from Germany without any problems and from which there are no travel restrictions into the USA.
That sounds more complicated than it was. More and more countries are opening their borders in order to gradually revive tourism.
Last month we decided to take the plunge and fly to Curaçao.
The Caribbean Island Curaçao
Curaçao is one of the 3 ABC-Islands* and is located about 37m north of Venezuela in the Caribbean.
Fantastic beaches, extensive coral reefs with numerous marine animals and a Dutch charm make Curaçao a top travel destination.
*ABC Islands is the name of the archipelago: A = Aruba, B = Bonaire, C = Curaçao
Languages: Dutch, Papiamentu, English
Area: 247.12 ac
Population: 160,337 (2017)
Average annual temperature: 82.4 °F
Currency: Antilles guilder (ANG)
Kabritu Stoba (goat stew)
Yuana (iguana, usually braised)
Keshi Yená (cheese filled with meat)
Ayaka (spicy meat in cornmeal breading and wrapped in banana leaf, usually only offered at Christmas time)
Activities and sights:
- Little Curaçao
(island for diving)
(park with hiking trails
- Queen Emma Bridge
(floating bridge that connects the districts of Punda and Otrabanda in Wilhelmstad)
- Playa Kenepa Chiki
- Curaçao Seaquarium
... and much more
What does "dushi" mean?
Dushi is a typical Antillean word, that the people of Curaçao use in their island language, Papiamentu. Papiamentu is best described as a mixture of Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, English, French and African languages.
Here are 5 different ways to use the word “Dushi” on Curaçao:
We're staying on Curaçao until the end of the month to really make sure we can enter the United States.
During this time we will continue to expand our partner network (TPN) and prepare everything for the start in Texas.
After our stay on Curaçao, we fly to the USA via Aruba, the neighboring island. As it currently seems, we will first fly to Miami, FL and from there on to San Antonio, TX.
So we still have a journey and a lot of work to do. For our dream of advancing Travention, we are ready to overcome hurdles and sometimes take detours, because nothing is simply given to you, you have to work hard for it.