Welcome to Holland

Before I came to The Netherlands, the first thing that came to mind when I heard “curaçao” was the blue liqueur and girly cocktails. Well, it turns out curaçao liqueur comes from a real place called Curaçao, an island in the Caribbean off the coast of Venezuela. And it turns out Curaçao is… part of The Kingdom of the Netherlands!

In fact, there are several Dutch-speaking islands in the Caribbean that are Dutch soil, including Aruba, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, Saba, and Saint Eustatius. Citizens of these “constituent countries” are also citizens of the EU. So, if you are born there, you would get a Dutch passport (just like someone born in the U.S. Virgin Islands would get a US passport).  Many people from these Dutch islands emigrate to the “mainland” Netherlands for work.


About Home Strange Home

I first left the US in 1999, when I was 18 years old. Since then, I’ve spent 13 years living abroad - 3 in Canada, 7 in Europe, and 3 in Africa. Now I've finally returned to the US on a one-way plane ticket. I arrived home in late January 2014 and set foot in the US for the first time in nearly 2.5 years. In Home Strange Home, I blog about the ups and downs of my re-acculturation experience.
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