We signed up to take the shuttle into Willemstad today. Before we left we had breakfast and caffeinated up.

Ben was running late so I grabbed a couple of things that I knew he wanted before they were gone. So, I shared most of my pancakes and potatoes with him.IMG_0142 I love that there are a lot of healthy breakfast options too (you know, if I ever decide to go that route) – poached eggs, hard boiled eggs, wheat bread, fruit, oatmeal yogurt. IMG_0143

I also had some yogurt with cereal and almonds. IMG_0145

Willemstad is the capital of the Netherland Antilles. It has a population of about 125,000 and is only about two miles away from our resort. IMG_0156

It’s super gorgeous since all the big buildings are painted very colorfully. The only unfortunate aspect of this excursion was it is super touristy. IMG_0151 IMG_0161

Ben and I normally like to stay at hole-in-the-wall kinda places, eat local food and avoid tourist traps when it’s possible. Well, this was kinda tourist trap city, but we went with it and enjoyed the experience. IMG_0179

There is a dock for cruise ships, which kind of makes the surrounding area ready and willing to overcharge for souvenirs and provide Subway and Ben & Jerry’s. There are also several casinos in the area. IMG_0153

Supposedly, the Governor required all the buildings be painted in bright colors because he said all white buildings gave him a headache.

It turns out he had stake in the painting business and that’s why he required it! It sucks that he was a scammer, but it is a very pretty place.IMG_0177 

After a while we walked up an appetite  and stopped to try a tuna empanada. It was okay. IMG_0187 

We didn’t get our snack at this stand, but we might as well have considering it’s tuna in a fried pocket…


I do really love that there are so many languages on the island – Dutch, Spanish and English. Signs are in all of the above and more. IMG_0180

Labels are too…IMG_0173

Ben is in coconut macaroon heaven by the way. IMG_0159

We came upon a local open air market with fruits and veggies. IMG_0189

There was a weird looking watermelon, but I’m not sure what it actually is called. I would have asked the vendor, but he was too busy trying to sell Ben tequila that was actually soda. Um sir, I understand what “sin alcohol” means.  IMG_0190

After a few hours of walking around the city we headed back to hotel. It was around 1pm by then so we hit up the lunch line. I covered half my plate in veggies and the other half with carbs and protein. I’m trying to teach Ben this is how you do it. IMG_0195 He covered his plate with veggies too. Plus cake, which I stole some of.

When we got back up to the room the hotel delivered a complimentary bottle of champagne for Ben’s birthday!!!IMG_0200

In honor of his B-day, here are some facts about Ben:

1. He doesn’t have a middle name. Which bothers me for some reason.

2. He is great at picking up languages, but cannot fake an accent for the life of him.

3. A twist of fate brought him to CA, but he’s originally from a little town in Florida.

4. His dad is a painter. Like a real one.

5. He loves anything coconut or almond flavored.

6. He’s a genius and is the hardest working person I know.

IMG_0175Happy Birthday Grizz! I love you.

Update: My jellyfish sting is a lot better. You can barely see the stinger mark on my shoulder and the neck mark is fading too.


  1. says

    Happy Birthday Ben!! I have a friend who doesn’t have a middle name and I always thought it would be such a bummer, but she doesn’t seem bothered by it.

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