Hey there. I’m writing this from the restaurant. Today feels amazing because our new sushi chef (my dearest mother) is so freakin’ fast and good at making delicious avantgarde sushi. She makes these insanely tasty salmon rolls and a nigiri embedded with octopie salad. The sushi she makes is mindblowing and I’m so proud of her for being able to pick up the art of sushi so fast and then do it with so much love!
Old pic from a Hindu Temple in Nairobi.
Met up with Andris, Anda, Shadman, a new guy called Max and an old classmate of mine at a bar across the street. The game was fun although everyone else at the bar were loyal as ever to Zlatan, our King. I’m still in love with the gameplay and spirit of Barcelona. I could feel it the second the game started.
It was a cozy day in general. I worked, worked out, studied, applied for schools, got my lashes and nails done and spent the night with Emilia. We talked about girlie stuff and later met Hedda and her friends on my way home to Filip. I can’t explain how nice it is to be with her, but I can steal a quote from Miss Angellou about relationships in general at the end of this post.
Hey people! I’m going to do exams almost all day and then I’m heading over to my lovely Filip for a mixture of kisses, candy, comedies and alternating between thought-provoking conversation and a competition of who can do the weirdest noise with their mouth. I’m looking forward to that, but let’s stay in the present moment. It’s now 7 am and there are only two things on my mind.
1. I can’t find my favourite grey lenses from Shibuya so now I only have the more realistic ones from Sukhumvit.
2. Patrick Starfish is one of the greatest things ever. Shocked Patrick delves another level deeper into my happiness.
Here and there in Willemstad- you’re going to find these little vans from which they make delicious fruitshakes called batidos : an antillian name for a fresh smoothie. A mix of the fruit of your choice, condensed milk and sugar makes these shakes the best thing drinkwise in all of Curaçao. The healthier option is to skip the condensed milk and sugar, which is almost as good. The best batido place is Anders Shakes in Otrabanda where they make it fast and are also generous with the quantity of each ingredient.. After trying your first you’ll always be craving more, but if you want to spice things up they also make some delicious local food like pastechi and a wonderfully large fresh fruit salad mix. The best fruit you can pick for your shake is hands down Soursop: a fruit that tastes so miraculously good that people keep eating it even though they know it causes brain damage. An excerpt from wikipedia:
The compound annonacin contained in the seeds of soursop is a neurotoxin and it seems to be the cause of a neurodegenerative disease. The only group of people known to be affected live on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe and the problem presumably occurs with the excessive consumption of plants containing annonacin.
Un batido grandi di Zuursak ku lechi i suku pa 5 NAF.
- Payment: Cash, in gulden or dollars.
- Prices: small size batido costs ~3.00 Naf, and Naf ~5.00 for the large size.
- The majority of the staff in the stalls speak survival English but are fluent in Spanish and Papiamentu.
- Your trip to Curaçao will not be complete without the Zuursak/Soursop grandi with milk and sugar.
- Bon dia / halo = hello
- Chikitu = small Grandi = big
- Lechi = milk Suku = sugar
- Ku = with Sin = without
- Porfabor = please
- Danki! = Thanks!
You’re always this happy when buying a batido.