Yes.... I love living in Cuaraco
Yes.... It is paradise
Yet... life is not as easy as it looks.
I migrated to Curacao for the managing of a B&B, with the promise of a future here, thinking this B&B was the place I could work (and enjoy!) until my pension and beyond.... I came with nothing but my clothes, no money in the bank, no possessions. So I worked hard and LOVED it, had faith in the future, was happy, was renting a lovely house that had been for sale for many, many years.
When the owners decided to sell the B&B, I understood, hated it, but understood. Not able to buy it myself, it was passed on to someone else. There I was, 16 months after migrating, without a job and without an income.
Luckily, I was able to buy the old Jeep Wrangler that belonged to the former owners, paying it monthly, starting from january 2018, so they could give me a chance to first get a job and make a living.
I found a job after 3 months, working for a german couple who had too much work on their hands. Once again, a new start. Helping them out, managing an apartment complex in their name for a local owner, learning to improve my german language and earning a fixed amount every month, just enough to pay my bills and survive. Doing Jeep Tours with our guests as an extra for myself. I have learned alot from this couple, feel part of their family now, they are warm, loving, empathic business people.
Being the business people they are, they have decided to stop managing the apartment complex in their name. They have plenty of work as it is, and want to concentrate on their own holiday complex. Kindly, they have introduced my work to the local owner, so hopefully he will choose to continue letting me do the job for him.
In the meantime, the lovely house I was living in, was sold in March, so I had to leave. Being in property management, and having good contact with all owners, I have been hopping from one place to the other, looking for a home for myself. Not easy, on this rural part of the island. There are enough houses, but having no money in the bank, I need something I can move into straight away, furnished, and these are not cheap.
I have decisions to make, I am tired. Will I earn enough to rent a house? Should I maybe just find a job and forget about trying to make my own business bigger? I am starting to feel insecure here. Promises made are not always kept. Can I rely on the tourism industry to have a regular income? My brain is overloaded with thoughts, which makes it hard for me to concentrate on one thing at a time.
There is a deadline for me in finding a house, 1st of July, I have to leave the house I am now allowed to stay in as it is rented out. I have found a house, but reading the contract, I get nervous. I am reluctant to sign.
So, living in paradise is not always as relaxed as you might think. If you want to make it, you have to rely on only yourself, believe in what you do, and work hard. I have an 'off' day today, not meaning I have a day off, but a day in which I cannot get things done. Like I am frozen. My mind is so busy, it is making me dizzy.
If you ever think of migrating, I would give you the advise of making sure you have a backup plan, money in the bank for security and a the awareness that during your holiday everything seems fantastic, but actually making things work in a place like this, you need courage and perserverance. Not to forget energy for 2!
I will keep you updated on how things go...