Willemstad mainly consists of the districts of Punda, Otrobanda and Scharloo, but also knows some less well-known neighborhoods that are emerging. For example, in Pietermaai, not long ago, the decor for drugs and crime, the culinary festival ‘Pietermaai Proeft` is held. Several restaurants and cafés have been opened in recent years, and cultural activities have been developed, while most of the old buildings are beautifully restored. Pietermaai Taste is there for the fourth time this year. We decide to take a look! On Rock Beach, restaurants offer snacks and small meals, so you can taste and enjoy all kinds of kitchens. Upon arrival we have a beer printed in our hands and offered a herring snack. Haring is not our thing, but it gives a nice Dutch touch to the festival, where young and old, locals and tourists, and a single lost `famous Dutchman`, come to an end. One cannot miss the relaxed atmosphere … .. the stalls with food, the bar, the tables are loosely arranged in the sand, cords with colored lights show the old pastel façades on either side, and the ruined house on the pit sea gets something fairytale by. The lounge-like music, and the noise of the sea …… .the ingredients for a special evening. Walking along the various stalls, where the menus are arranged, is difficult to choose from all the sweets. Eventually, the delicious goat cheese bitter buns with beet jam, from Blessing, and mild curry (vegetarian or beef), from the Scuba Lodge. A friend from the Netherlands, with an exuberant American girlfriend, is a week on holiday here , and soon the beers were followed by delicious bottles of cava from Servir Frais. All in all, this initiative is beginning to become a tradition in the Pietermaai distict. The cool music from the speakers ranges from Grace Jones to unknown house numbers. Some people grab their chance, and improvise a dance, barefoot in the sand. This will be a memorable evening!
For several months I have volunteered for the Feed Friends Foundation. A foundation for stray dogs. By volunteers the dogs are fed and if necessary captured to sterilize and then return to the place where they are fed. I feed 3 doggies 2 times a week. 1 at the petrol pump in the village near here. This dog I hardly see and is very shy. The second dog is also not a companion animal. He has long been hiding in an old blue house. Christine, who lived there shortly there, has signed up for the dog at Feed Friends, and now he gets bumps and water every day. Slowly the fierce giant begins to thaw and soon he does not keep the bushes in, but stands still at a distance how his bin is filled. His head is slanted and his skinny giant body is ready to choose the hazepad if necessary. As soon as I have filled his bin and run away, he takes my place and begins to eat eagerly. Unfortunately, the house is now being renovated and we wonder what will happen to the unusual giant … The third dog is a secret my favorite. It’s a beautiful young boyfriend. That’s why I’ve just mentioned so (sorry Dennis). Boef lives in the parking lot of restaurant / country house Daniël. Every time I arrive, he jumps up and dances the terrain. When I step out, I’ll go back. Bang, for whatever reason, he looks at me. Recently, I’ve taken Soekie and that broke the ice. Boef and Soekie dance now together over the parking lot and it has taken some time but now Boef eats out of my hand. It took a while, but you must win trust. And it worked. I’d like to adopt Boef but iT takes two to tango! I look forward to feeding 2 x a week. And thank Feed Friends for this great initiative.