The Good, the Bad(ass) and the Intern

As in human society, the animal kingdom knows a large number of different characters and personalities. The shy wallflower, the brave hero, the creative artist, the pragmatic handyman, the chaotic rebel, the organized entrepreneur, the list goes on endlessly. As anyone with an above average interest in nature has done at one point in his or her life, I sometimes wonder which animal I would be. After a long contemplation and analysis of my own personality, considering the romantic idea […] Read more »

Ecosplash II: The Blue Connection

Ecosplash is back! The Curaçao Footprint Foundation is working on the production of Ecosplash II: The Blue Connection (working title), the follow-up to Ecosplash: Kòrsou Salbahe. This series focuses on the colorful world that lies beneath the surface of the ocean. During the production process we will keep you up to date on the progress by regularly videos and photos. Make sure you don’t miss anything and keep visiting us, here and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/caribbeanfootprint.     Read more »

Travel Magazines

Travel magazines are my favorite kind of magazines. Pictures of landscapes from far away places and stories of adventures lived by inspiring travelers, I love it. See, I am a dreamer. Not when I’m asleep I mean, but when I am awake. A daydreamer so to say, although I often daydream when the sun has long gone down. I dream of traveling unknown places, of meeting interesting people on the road, of landscapes as far as the eye can see […] Read more »

The theater

As a Dutch intern on Curaçao, it can be hard to keep up to date with what is going on at home with friends and family. If it hadn’t had been for a spontaneous Skype session with my youngest sister (I am a brother to four sisters) last week, I probably would have had no idea that she is going to be on stage this weekend, performing in a play for friends and family. Animal theater It’s not just humans […] Read more »

Look, listen, smell, feel, admire, enjoy and take photos

I wiggled my toes in the sand and marveled at the colorful spectacle on the horizon. A beautiful Curaçao sunset at the beach. There are few things in life as enchanting as a sunset. Especially here on the island, where every night around seven p.m. you can see the sun lower into the ocean like an orange beach ball, as to symbolize the closing time of the beach. If you can make the time to watch a sunset at the […] Read more »

Birthdays

My birthday was last week. With now twenty-four times the cycle of more or less 365 days on the clock, I am really almost halfway through my twenties. Of course, even far away from home, here on the island, a celebration was in order. Animals do things a little different. Their birthdays go by quietly, no more and no less important than any other day. As a lion you don’t have to count on a fresh, young zebra as a […] Read more »

The vibe

Phone calls exist in many different forms.  Almost always, receiving a phone call goes hand in hand with an emotional response.  You might get annoyed, because it is that obnoxious telemarketer on the other side of the line. You might feel sadness, because your partner in conversation has bad news to share. Maybe you can’t control your nerves, because the doctor on the other side of the line is about to reveal your test results. And maybe you feel happiness, […] Read more »

Nature, a wonderful means to many ends

It becomes clearer and clearer to me how nature can act as a means to so many different ends. A wonderful example is a project from the Accretio Foundation, which sets up programs for youth with behavioral problems. The foundation helps the youthful target group to get their lives back on track through all kinds of activities. The Curacao Footprint Foundation is currently working on a project for Accretio in which attitude development with the influx of experiences with nature […] Read more »

My introduction to Caribbean Footprint and Curaçao nature

Let me start by properly introducing myself. My name is Nik Voorend, and I’m a 23-year old Dutch student of International Communication Management who has landed as an intern at the Curaçao Footprint Foundation, which you all know from the online magazine  Caribbean Footprint. For the next five months or so, I’ll be contributing regularly to Caribbean Footprint with my own blog. What will I be writing about, you ask? The answer to that is simple. I’ll be writing about […] Read more »

Invisible but indispensable – 2

Humans Although a fish is completely comfortable in the water that surrounds it, it would soon kick the bucket when this water would be poisoned. The same things will happen to a human who would keep on living  his or her daily life in a sea of toxic gases. Unfortunately, this mixture is completely invisible, so we tend to think of it as irrelevant. “We do not see it, so nothing wrong .” Nothing is further from the truth. As […] Read more »