After only a few hours of sleep the night before, to bed at 11pm and up at 3am, it was time to officially start our wedding/honeymoon with a 6am flight from Dulles to Miami. We wanted to arrive in Curaçao at a reasonable hour so that meant leaving real early. We spent the night at Greg and Maggie to help cut on our driving time and took a cab to the airport to avoid the parking fee. There is something about my face that scares security and again I was pulled aside for their “special” scanner. A note, a simple sheet of paper can defeat the scanner, billions spent on something that a 1¢ piece of paper can defeat.
For the entire flight down to Miami I slept. The last few days have been rather busy as I was working full time, getting last minute items for the trip, doing school work and working ahead on what I could for my classes. When we left I was a little nervous, once in the air all that went away. If I forgot something it was to late now and I actually felt good, I could finally start to relax.
When we arrived in Miami we had a two hour layover before the final leg to Curaçao. In Miami we caught up with my mom, Norman, dad, Pat, Matt, Bobby and Tracy. Each group left from a different airport, but Miami is the only jumping off point in the US. Nancy and I stocked up on some duty free booze and cigarettes for the long weekend. I got a nice 15 year old bottle of scoth and Nancy picked up a carton of cigarettes for just $32! With all the family in Curaçao partying for several days, we would need to stock up.
Another two and half hour flight and we arrived in Willemstad. First thing we noticed was the heat and humidity, it hits you immediately off the plan. The weather just started to turn cool at home and here in Curaçao it was 90 plus everyday with over 70% humidity to wrap you like a warm blanket. We got our rental car and what a piece of shit that was. It was over 10 years old with 65,000 miles, scratches on all panels and even a couple of dings, one of which was on the roof. We took Bobby and Tracy to the hotel and in less than an hour we arrived at Westpunt and the Kura Hulanda Lodge and Beach Club at the far end of the island.
Upon our arrival we were warmly created by the front desk, Janis the hotel manager and William who was another big muckety muck. They were happy to see us and assured us everything was setup and ready to go for our wedding on Saturday. We all chatted for several minutes and it was like they had known us for years. It was a good feeling to know they were going to take care of us while down there and what an important day it was for Nancy and I. They offered us a tour of the property but we wanted to check out the room and unwind after 10 hours of travel and little sleep.
When we walked into the room we were both shocked and impressed. We splurged on the suite which had a great view of the ocean from our balcony. There of course was the bedroom and a separate family room with tv, dining table, and a smartly designed kitchenette with everything we would need. We quickly unpacked and headed down to the bar for a welcome drink. Slowly everyone else started to gather at the bar and mingle. Carla and Aron arrived on Wednesday and spent the night downtown before coming to the countryside. There was a managers happy hour at 6 in the library, so we went to that and enjoyed some free drinks. At the happy hour meet the owner of the hotel, he was in town preparing for the queens arrival in November. He is a nuclear engineer with all sorts of investments around the world, smart guy.
Not having an actual meal all day we enjoyed a nice meal over looking the water. Everyone’s meal was fantastic and worth the long day of travel. Cigars called those of us that smoke and the Christoffel Sunset Lounge was the perfect setting to relax and enjoy a cigar. We spent many nights in that lounge smoking, drinking, and talking. Just about this time the entire crew from Wisconsin arrived and we continued the party for a few more hours. By the end of the night a few people ended up in the pool, including Nancy and Matt who jumped in fully dressed.
After a long day and some partying, it was time for bed.