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User currently offlineAdventuristo From Canada, joined Feb 2013, 18 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 8916 times:

Hi fellow aviation nuts! I've been a 10+ year lurker, and this is my first trip report! Hope it goes down well!

A nice, moody morning, one not without feeling thankfully, we headed towards Pearson, where, I had shamefully (for a travel and aviation enthusiast) not been for a whopping 11 years. I’ve always flown out from either Buffalo (BUF) or New York (LGA or JFK), so it was nice to fly out from my home airport for once!


I kinda missed the feel I wanted flying truly international (Europe/Asia), but it was great to be back at Terminal 3, Pearson’s first modern terminal. None of the terminals look extravagant, in fact, they’re all actually quite plain, but like everything else in the country, everything works, works well and that’s pretty much that. So while the architecture didn’t drop my jaw like Suvarnabhumi, the very efficient line processing was nice. As is evident in the picture, I wasn’t the only one with the escape plan. This area was for Caribbean flights, so there were multiple flights headed out in our direction today. Interestingly, few fobs found themselves in this lineup, so no one had like 11 giant fake brand suitcases.


Not our plane, but one of WestJet’s many 737NGs on its way to either somewhere in Canada or perhaps a beautiful warm destination. The temperature was a warm-for-the-season 8c, rising to a ridiculously high 16c in the day. Didn’t bother me, as it would not only be warmer, but greener, bluer and I’d be on an island.


In the distance is the city of my residence, Mississauga, hampered partially by the fog, probably a result of the very weird warm temperature and dewpoint meeting up when they thought they wouldn’t till the spring. That is El Al Israel on the left.


I grabbed the new iPad Mini (32GB) to see how I like it, and I have to say, its much lighter weight compared to the full-size iPad (and even size) made it a lot more handy, not only on the plane, but elsewhere as well. I love the feel of the anodized black aluminum, and the build quality is oh-so-solid. Really, the only letdown is that non-Retina display, which really is hard to get used to after being used to them everywhere. Also in this picture is my Bowers & Wilkins P5s, and they were truly great to enjoy music with on the plane (actually, one of my favourite activities… looking out, down below, sipping a drink, awesome music).


Rare are the days we eat/cook anything at home, so we needed to grab breakfast, and I thought we’d do that at one of the airport’s many restaurants. Umm… that must be a different terminal, because I found almost nothing in Terminal 3 (the few things around weren’t open) and the Tim Horton’s lineup meant I had to choose between a bit of Timmies or Curacao itself. So we made our way to the pub and ordered up some $11 breakfast, which was about as basic as it gets. Really not much else to say… it was there, and we ate it.


Boarding call!


The 737-800 from the jetway. Unfortunately, the jetway is blocking the special livery of this Boeing jet.


I love this point, when you can smell the jet fuel, see the interior, and in a few short steps, leave the world behind. I love the curvature of the fuselage, the shiny special livery paint, the window, everything.


Here it is, the final step, and I’m welcomed onto a decidedly Canadian plane!


This single-aisled narrowbody twinjet had 3-3 seating (as always).


View out the window. I’d almost rather not fly than choose a non-window seat. Love the winglets on this modern jetliner.


34″ seat pitch is as good as it gets in the world today for economy class, and I love that I didn’t feel cramped this way. I’ve lost a fair bit of weight, so I wasn’t cramped for width either, but one could always use more of that. It also helped that I was seated next to my female companion.


WestJet offers satellite TV, but it only works within Canada. There was PPV, and they offered a couple of these channels for free for the duration of the flight, which I suppose, is good for a budget/low cost carrier.


The fog has cleared up slightly as we made our way to runway 23.


Expectedly, there was a lineup, as there often is at http://www.adventuristo.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DSC00746.jpg

WestJet flight is ready for takeoff! We’re next.

And as we climb, we start turning south, towards the general direction of our destination from our 230 degree takeoff heading. I love how the light is spilling out of the clouds, in this picture, actually illuminating my condo! In the distance, you can see downtown Toronto and the Toronto Island airport that Porter Airlines uses. The body of water is of course, Lake Ontario.


Here we’re leaving the lake behind. These great lakes really are huge!


We’re now headed almost south-southeast, entering Pennsylvania.


The skies are lively today.




A small airfield, up in the Pennsylvania mountains I believe.


Very interesting landscape. Interesting how its so undeveloped, just minutes away from heavily populated areas.


I have no idea what this, but I’m very curious to know.


We’re keeping our heading as we speed up and climb, on our way to FL380.


Unfortunately, only light stuff was included for free, so being me, and being on a plane, I had to purchase more food. This wasn’t at all bad, and I suppose $6.50 in the air is aaaaaalright. What is that slogan there? Excellent food, sure, if you say so. Superior service… umm… again, if you think so, food company. I’m not sure what service I’m receiving from Scarlett House Catering, but ok. Fresh thinking? About what? Sandwiches? Because ham and swiss croissants have been around for like centuries… Food on a plane? Also not a new idea. Charging for it? Annoying, but also not new.


Wasn’t bad, I like ham sandwiches, but would have liked a warm option. Too much work for them I guess.


As we near the east coast, this comes into view. Dunno where this is exactly.


Eastern tip of where we leave continental North America behind. I believe this isn’t far from where Hurricane Sandy made landfall.


Kind of reminds me of Long Island, NY, but this is nowhere near there. I wonder if this is Blackbeards Creek, just north of Chesapeake Bay.


Big ass tankers and their ilk.


Yes I believe this is just north of Chesapeake Bay and Virginia Beach.


You get a choice of Bits & Bites or cookies, along with a drink (well, as many drinks as you want), which is still acceptable for $140 return.


Had some peppermint tea here.


Always be ready to accept money! Capitalism! Yeah baby!


Service was not bad. The coppertop at the front was an absolutely genuine, super nice sort of guy. If only everyone in service was like him!


Aforementioned peppermint tea after assembly:


Not something I buy, but not bad to munch on.


The water became increasingly blue, which was thrilling for me. I love the indigo colour, as well as the waves which can be seen here. I wouldn’t mind being LOST on an island around here. Dharma and all baby!


Unfortunately I haven’t flown much lately, but some on this forum infer that strong-flavoured things work well in the air, so I ordered myself a Bloody Mary. I’ve never actually had one before and sure enough, that Tabasco and spice mix certainly serves up a strong punch. I didn’t really dig it all that much in the air, but looking back on it now, I find a strong association with the memory, so I may do this again when flying next.


We’re headed STRAIGHT DOWN now baby!


They came around a second time now with snacks and drinks, and when someone offers you something for free, YOU NEVER TURN IT DOWN. Especially food.


I couldn’t believe my eyes at this point. Having not really seen tropical shallow seas before (only memory I have is being on a plane my dad was operating into Doha, Qatar, and seeing the blue water change to desert), this colour boggled my mind. Most of the bodies of water I’ve seen are always murky, dark in colour, usually green or brown (nasty). I’ve never had to urge to jump into that kind of water, but this? I was (more than) half-ready to jump out without a parachute!






Now over the Dominican Republic.


I really like this scene; looks like a fantastic driving road! Can you tell I like cars too?


Fantastic landscape, and it almost looks like a satellite photo.



I think this runoff is Agua Clara, Dominican Republic.


I believe this is Bahia de las Calderas, Dominican Republic.


I had no idea there was such a thing as a Boeing 737-800 LR.


Unfortunately, this is the only shot I got of the somewhat unique livery.


Great planning (/sarcasm) resulted in our flight landing alongside not only an American Airlines 737-800, but also a massive 747-400 from the Netherlands containing a load of Dutch people. Conveniently, our line moved slowest, so everyone around us was out well before us.


Landside! This is beautiful! The sky was so blue it was almost surreal. I was almost in disbelief at the drastic contrast to where I had just left just five hours earlier. It was hot, well over 30 degrees despite some recent rain, and the palm trees were kissably gorgeous.


After picking up that rarest of supercar (the Kia Rio), we made our way to Willemstad, the capital of Curacao, only to find that everything, and I mean everything, was closed on Sunday. I could not even pick up a SIM card! Finding food turned out to be quite a challenge. The only thing open was Subway, and two subs cost us over $26 US. Our local Subway in Mississauga has any sub for $5.


A Venezuelan-owned oil refinery buns day and night, but surprisingly, the air was as clear as Canada despite this. I guess it blows away in a certain direction, because we couldn’t smell it, and at night, Curacao had amazing visibility, like I’ve never seen in a warm place actually.


This is Punda, the “main area” but also the tourist capital. It looks very unique with its bright colours and Dutch architecture, but there isn’t much there apart from tourist traps. Full of crap merchandise, t-shirt stores seem to be run exclusively by Indian people stocking only the worst quality of t-shirt on the planet, and charging ~$30 for each shirt. Insane.


Across the inlet is Otrabanda, which in Dutch, literally means “the other side.” Similarly tourist-trappy, on the water’s edge there’s a great place called Rif Fort, centuries old, but now housing shops and restaurants. I should have stayed at the Rennaisance hotel there, as this was probably the most reasonable shopping area, had a theater, restaurants and a lot more.


This is from Otrabanda, looking towards Punda, in a restaurant called La Bahia, "specializing" in seafood.


My seafood medley casserole, which was properly ridiculous in terms of portion size (and consequently price). That’s a langostino on top. If a chef can’t make crustaceans taste good (since they do by default), they should really be looking for employment elsewhere.


Trio of fish. That’s what it should have been called, rather than 3D fish... so cheesy (not the food).


Charming building that we didn’t visit, had a great-looking pub. Lots of Dutch girls on the island, not so many guys. Single guys, take note. No shortage of topless sunbathing either.


This bridge was crazy high! Felt like a roller coaster ride, the way you go up, crest and go down sharply, at speed, with gorgeous views.


Playa Cas Abou, great beach. Water was so blue, even when it was cloudy and raining. I could look at this view all day, every day, forever.




Curacao had an extremely blue sky, I’ve mentioned that, but it also had the most vibrant greens I’ve ever seen.


Being a driving enthusiast and being saddled with a Kia Rio is painful, but the views made up for everything. I loved these roads, covered in dense greenery and cacti. We had a wonderful drive up around the northern perimeter of the island.




Lionfish are found all around Curacao’s waters, they’re these fish with poisonous fins. I figured, before it gets me, I’ll go get it! This was a steamed preparation at a Chinese restaurant.


Steamed is, in my opinion, the best way to have fish. Great flavour, very, very moist; we really enjoyed this meal.



We found this place by accident. On my way to Seaquarium/Mambo Beach, we saw a little turnoff towards what looked like water. Me being obsessed with the water, I went in and found this… Boca Oscar! I love this place, I love this vista.


The different blues were a fantastic sight to behold. I can’t imagine not having a permanent smile living in a place like this.


Random picture of the water, taken while driving, to show the sheer beauty of the water anywhere on the island. Such is tropical scenery that I could stop anywhere and just take it in.


Curacao had quite the eclectic mix of vehicles, but these Asian vans are what always summoned a smile from me. I've seen them on my trips in Malaysia, Singapore and India too. They’re so narrow, and so short-wheelbased that they look cartoonish.


Aloe vera grows all over the island naturally. I love seeing tropical plants like these.


I had a lot of trouble finding good food in Curacao, but I really enjoyed this meal at the Rib Factory. Those aren’t fries… they’re made from cornmeal, and were great with the homemade garlic sauce!


The manager was a knowledgeable, friendly Surinamese gentleman, and he offered us, with compliments, this great dessert called Quesillo, the local version of creme caramel (something we already love)!


I love palm trees, and Curacao had so many different varieties!


The greenery was so lush and vibrant, I couldn’t help but snap pictures the whole time. Look at that tree beside the Camaro! And yes, that is a new 3.7-second 0-60 capable BMW M5 in the distance.


Such gorgeous trees! I took this from a bit further away to get a sense of scale.


The winding road we took to get to Fort Nassau.






It pissed me off that this whole place shut down at 6 pm. This was taken at 6:15 pm, and generally, the idea was to spend the day doing beach or nature stuff, and spend the evening shopping. No can-do. In Curacao, you have to choose between daytime activities and shopping.


Indonesian immigrants brought with them nasi goreng to Curacao. We love that cuisine, so we decided to try it and weren’t disappointed! Nothing like what you get in Southeast Asia to be honest, but still quite yummy. Definitely interesting, as it had meats you don’t commonly find in Asia, such as turkey.


These ribs were from Dino Ribs, imported from the Netherlands. Very meaty indeed, but not that great tasting. I loved the beet potato salad though!



Remember what I said about eclectic cars?


Big-assed manacans. Make of that what you will.


I guess there must have been a big problem with people stealing vending machines.


The oldest Synagogue in the western hemisphere.



Tell me you don’t love the views?



Curacao is famous for its iguanas, though I didn’t see as many as people said I would. I love these guys, they’re so chilled. Unfortunately, they run away if you try to approach them.





This place is called Boca Pistol, and it was one of my favourite places to visit.





OK, one more.


Surface of another planet? Our own planet in the cretaceous period? I wish!


Hiking trail leading to Boca Kalki.


This is Boca Kalki.


Fossilized coral and stuff, millions of years old. I loved this, very unique experience.




Don’t litter people! Look how beautiful the island is!


My first view of Playa Kalki! So exciting to see.





We saw a barracuda and parrot fish from the pier here.




Someone must be looking down at us and thinking “I want to be there!”




Red snapper at an American soul food restaurant near Kalki. Very nice.


View from Sol Food, the soul food restaurant.


Pretty good pizza with fresh tuna! Fresh tuna at all the restaurants we went to!


Just another random, beautiful place seen from a coastal road.


We weren’t the only ones feeling peckish.


I never saw crabs on the beach, until I looked at this picture later. The eyes look crazy!


Look at this bird, just peering out over the ocean for its next meal. It didn’t move at all, the whole time I was in and around the water.


This is Knip Bay, or Playa Kenapa.




Gorgeous view over Playa Jeremi.


This man knows what he’s doing.


McCafe in Curacao is actually awesome. They have brownies…


And a good cheesecake! McDonald's was also literally the only place with reasonably priced food. Also had the freshest McD's salad I've ever seen. Even local joints like the food truck below were kinda pricey.


Food truck, where we ate twice.


Ribs from the food truck.


Red snapper, grilled, at the Iguana Cafe, looking across to Otrabanda.



Entering the enchanted forest! This felt like it was straight out of a Disney theme park! I know that quite a few places in the world (Europe etc.) have this kind of scenery, but it's tropical, and very different from Southern Ontario.





Near the Renaissance hotel and Rif Fort.




This man was said to make the best fish. Where did I hear that? Well, I should have taken that with a grain of salt, given who it came from. When I was at the food truck (pictured above somewhere), I ran into a crazy Czech guy who lives in the Netherlands, who looked like he was on something.... uh, special, let's say. Fidgety, angry, impatient and also a close talker (Seinfeld fans?), this guy started talking about how socialism sucks etc, so to stir the pot a little, I reminded him of the purpose of taxes. He took a few steps back, looked like he was going to pull his own head off and started telling me about how messed up the Netherlands is, and that he earns 3000 Euros a month but comes home with around half that... So somehow, he and I got around to food, and he told me about the "one-armed" man who makes the best fish on the island. He said "you can see that he can't use one of his arms, but he struggles, and he smashes garlic with it and stuff" - with a story like that, gotta try it out right?

Turns out Rudy (the fish man) is not one-armed, which is not relevant anyway, and is a fine gentleman. He gave me a choice of fish, about an hour out of the ocean, and we chose a couple.


[Edited 2013-02-11 16:26:23]

31 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
User currently offlineflyboy22 From Canada, joined Nov 2012, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 8885 times:

Wow, absolutely stunning photography! You have some beautiful shots in this TR. Thanks for sharing!

User currently offlineAdventuristo From Canada, joined Feb 2013, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 8856 times:

Rudy and friendly locals.


Main building of the apartments we stayed at. Used to be an ice cream factory in a past life.


Returning the rental car at the airport. Pretty convenient.


Should have had a bite to eat here, because the food was non-existent/sucked inside the terminal. There was a Wendy's, but more importantly, a Cinnabon. I had wonderful chocolate Cinnabons in Malaysia, but why can't we find these in North America (or even Curacao)?! This is just wrong. See now I'll have to back to Southeast Asia for a bit. I'm thinking SQ.


Open-air check-in area meant I was sweating like crazy after lugging our stuff around.


Giant fans! Didn't do diddly squat.




Inside the terminal, some shopping options, few food options. Not good when you don’t have food on the plane.


This seemed like an addition or older area, but had no air conditioning and had birds flying around.


After a delay of an hour and a half, we’re getting ready to go. Is a delay ever a good thing? Dunno, but this wasn't much fun. I guess it timed the pics right for some great sunset shots!


Strangely the jetbridge had tons of rust, which can’t be seen in this picture, but was a little disconcerting.


There it is, the beautiful sky again.







I suppose it was a nice time to leave, if there's such a thing.


Some pretty fabulous sunset views after takeoff.





Almost looks like a planet in deep space with rings.




Following a slightly different path back, but again cruising at FL380. Flying a bit slower.


This narrowbody doesn’t have a lot of room to stretch legs in.


That didn’t stop people from fidgeting around though.



The Bahamas!


A warm, salty tear rolled down my left cheek, as we left Nassau behind for ever-colder climes.


A lineup broke out for the washroom. I bet that washroom was abused!


Still at FL380, over the mainland US, shots taken at 25,600 ISO.




We’ve begun our descent…







This is Niagara Falls! The colourful area is Clifton Hill, and you can clearly make out the horseshoe falls as well as the American falls.








Here's the outbound video. Taken with a 1080/60p camera, I slowed down the moments where we took off and landed. Couldn't embed it for some reason!


That's it! Until next time (which may be sooner than you think), maintain cruising altitude and current heading!

[Edited 2013-02-11 16:42:13]

[Edited 2013-02-11 16:43:04]

User currently offlineAdventuristo From Canada, joined Feb 2013, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 8825 times:

Thanks! Means a lot!

Quoting flyboy22 (Reply 1):

User currently offlineardian From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 554 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 8595 times:

Oh my, what a stunning pictures! Razorsharp and full of color, excellent job! Thanks for sharing your tripreport about this wonderful paradise

User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5526 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 8537 times:

Holy cow, those sunset departure photos are breathtaking! Thanks for sharing.

User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1993 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 8435 times:
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Wow, incredible views of the sunset! Looks like you had some good flights with WestJet.

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew (767747)

User currently offlineomidp From Canada, joined Jun 2010, 174 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 8359 times:

Awesome TR. Thanks for the great pictures and tour  

User currently offlineN716 From United States of America, joined Sep 2010, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 8094 times:

Nice first TR!

I enjoyed the pics of Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Nicely done for night time aerial photography!

"Kids, You Tried Your Best and You Failed Miserably. The Lesson Is, Never Try."~ Homer Simpson
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1193 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 weeks ago) and read 7242 times:

Great first TR and welcome to a.net  
You sure made many fantastic pictures, nice and sharp. The sunset ones are truly breathtaking!
Curacao definetely is a beautiful island!

Quoting Adventuristo (Thread starter):
WestJet offers satellite TV, but it only works within Canada.

You sure? It worked on my LGA-YYZ flight last summer

Quoting Adventuristo (Thread starter):
That didn’t stop people from fidgeting around though.

Everybody seems to be looking straight at your camera 

Thanks for sharing,


User currently offlineCPAir From Brazil, joined Apr 2010, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 7048 times:
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Wonderful! It seemed like I was in Curacao too. Beautiful pictures and a concise report. Thank you very much for share!

User currently offlineluv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12150 posts, RR: 47
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6941 times:

Did you make it to the The Curaçao Ostrich Farm. Some good eating there that is for sure.

You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineLoubert From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6941 times:

Nice trip report, especially the photos!

Quoting Adventuristo (Thread starter):
As we near the east coast, this comes into view. Dunno where this is exactly.

The city at the bottom of that photo is Annapolis, Maryland.

User currently offlineAdventuristo From Canada, joined Feb 2013, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6638 times:


Quoting ardian (Reply 4):

Thanks! I loved the moment too, matched another great aviation moment for my flying over Rajasthan, India with a great drink in hand.

Quoting Continental (Reply 5):

Thanks! Yeah, can't complain about Westjet all that much. Not sure I could take a plane of that type for much longer than the 4.5 hour flight though, may have to take business class for longer flights!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 6):

Glad you liked it!

Quoting omidp (Reply 7):

Appreciate it! Next time, hopefully I'll do better with a much faster lens. This was f/3.5, very limiting for this kind of photography.

Quoting N716 (Reply 8):

Thanks! The TV only worked within Canada for me, though they had some PPV material on for free during the flight.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 9):

Thanks, that was the idea!

Quoting CPAir (Reply 10):

No, I didn't, did I miss out big? I also missed out on the Hato Caves.

Quoting luv2fly (Reply 11):

Thanks! Annapolis eh, that clears it up a bit!

Quoting Loubert (Reply 12):

User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7647 posts, RR: 42
Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 6572 times:

Hello Adventuristo,

Thanks so much for sharing your pics and your story. I think your report is brilliant and I cannot help but wish I were in a Caribbean island wearing nothing but flip-flops, a bathing suit and a t-shirt.

I look forward to your next trip report! Again, thanks a lot!

One last thing: what camera did you use to take all those pictures? Hope you don't mind me asking.

Next flights: MEX-GRU (AM 77E), GRU-GIG (JJ A320), SDU-CGH (G3 73H), GRU-MEX (JJ A332).
User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1332 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6530 times:

Thanks. I like Cas Abou Beach.

Always wanted to go to Curacao but from New York there is only one weekly nonstop flight on UA.

User currently offlineluv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12150 posts, RR: 47
Reply 16, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6276 times:

Quoting luv2fly (Reply 11):
Did you make it to the The Curaçao Ostrich Farm. Some good eating there that is for sure.

Yes it is a must see, and something you would totally not expect on a Caribbean Island, that is for sure. Also on the same road is the aloe farm.

You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineigomarch From Mexico, joined Dec 2009, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6081 times:

beautiful trip report, beautiful pictures. congratulations.
made me take a short vacation at my office.

User currently offlineIrishAyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2288 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6020 times:

beautiful photos and amazing TR! Thanks for the post  

next flights: jfk-icn, icn-hkg-bkk-cdg, cdg-phl-msp
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2510 posts, RR: 52
Reply 19, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 5934 times:

Hello Adventuristo,

First of all welcome aboard!

I can only echo others in saying how stunning your pictures are! Thank you so much for bringing on the experience all the way to the Dutch Antilles from YYZ.

Quoting Adventuristo (Thread starter):
I’ve always flown out from either Buffalo (BUF) or New York (LGA or JFK), so it was nice to fly out from my home airport for once!

Can you tell me why? Your home seems closer to YYZ.

Quoting Adventuristo (Thread starter):
everything works, works well and that’s pretty much that.
Quoting Adventuristo (Thread starter):
the very efficient line processing was nice.

That’s good to know!

Quoting Adventuristo (Thread starter):
The temperature was a warm-for-the-season 8c, rising to a ridiculously high 16c in the day

Ridiculous, but very well welcomed. How I long for such temperature the last couple of months.

Quoting Adventuristo (Thread starter):
to enjoy music with on the plane

So do I! How I enjoy Shakira, David Guetta, J-Lo, Pittbul, etc. while flying  

Quoting Adventuristo (Thread starter):
some $11 breakfast
Quoting Adventuristo (Thread starter):
Really not much else to say… it was there, and we ate it.

A breakfast sausage would have been nice. Did the price include free coffee, tea or juice?

Quoting Adventuristo (Thread starter):
I love this point, when you can smell the jet fuel, see the interior, and in a few short steps, leave the world behind. I love the curvature of the fuselage, the shiny special livery paint, the window, everything.

You really know the thrill!   

Quoting Adventuristo (Thread starter):
I’m welcomed onto a decidedly Canadian plane!

Sweet! I never noticed it earlier. I will pay attention to that the next time I get on board.

Quoting Adventuristo (Thread starter):
34″ seat pitch is as good as it gets in the world today for economy class


Quoting Adventuristo (Thread starter):
I’ve lost a fair bit of weight, so I wasn’t cramped for width either,

Kudos to this achievement of yours!   

Quoting Adventuristo (Thread starter):
You get a choice of Bits & Bites or cookies, along with a drink (well, as many drinks as you want),

Lovely! You won’t get dehydrated!

Quoting Adventuristo (Thread starter):
Service was not bad. The coppertop at the front was an absolutely genuine, super nice sort of guy. If only everyone in service was like him!

Great shot of working crew members!   

Quoting Adventuristo (Thread starter):
I ordered myself a Bloody Mary.

Way to go!

Quoting Adventuristo (Thread starter):
and when someone offers you something for free, YOU NEVER TURN IT DOWN. Especially food.

TOTALLY agreed!   

Quoting Adventuristo (Thread starter):
I was (more than) half-ready to jump out without a parachute!

Glad you didn’t do that. Who else could share us such amazing pictures later on?

Quoting Adventuristo (Thread starter):
Otrabanda, which in Dutch, literally means “the other side.”

Do you probably mean in Papiamento? Because we say “de andere kant” for “the other side” in Dutch.

Quoting Adventuristo (Thread starter):
but I really enjoyed this meal at the Rib Factory.

Yum! Spare ribs!

Quoting Adventuristo (Thread starter):
Don’t litter people! Look how beautiful the island is!

True words!   

Quoting Adventuristo (Thread starter):
crabs on the beach, until I looked at this picture later.


Quoting Adventuristo (Thread starter):
And a good cheesecake!


Quoting Adventuristo (Reply 2):
Rudy and friendly locals.

And willing for a photo!

Quoting Adventuristo (Reply 2):
had birds flying around.

What a unique airport terminal experience!

Quoting Adventuristo (Reply 2):
Some pretty fabulous sunset views after takeoff

How gorgeous!  Wow!

Quoting Adventuristo (Thread starter):
this is my first trip report! Hope it goes down well!


A colleague at the office will leave for a holiday on Curacao. I can understand her enthusiasm thanks to your coverage!  

Best wishes,

Friends forever
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 726 posts, RR: 20
Reply 20, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 5912 times:

Hello Adventuristo,

excellent first report here and welcome to this forum. You have made some really nice pictures, especially these sunset pictures are truly stunning. Looks like you really had a great holiday at Curacao.

Also Westjet looks quite good here, quite a long flight for a narrowbody though. But at least you got some drinks and small snacks for free.


User currently offlineLanPeru From Peru, joined Jun 2001, 645 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 5858 times:

GREAT Report!

I love the pictures in any report of the flights themselves, but I think sometimes we forget the DESTINATION which you captured for all of! Thank you.

The food looks wonderful.

BTW, a little off topic, but I like the friendly locals, especially the chubby guy!  

Great report! Thank you for bringing us along for the trip!

User currently offlineAdventuristo From Canada, joined Feb 2013, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5471 times:

Thanks EddieDude! I used a Sony NEX-5N. You pretty much need to go full frame to beat it! I was held back a bit by the kit lens, but the pics still turned out decent I think.

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 14):

Cas Abao was the second beach I went to, much better than the first (Mambo). Absolutely blue, amazing. Strange that you don't have more flights to CUR, however, the real tourist traffic is on fully loaded KLM widebodies!

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 15):

I probably would have enjoyed both!

Quoting luv2fly (Reply 16):

Thanks, that was the goal!

Quoting igomarch (Reply 17):

Thanks, btw I love your trip reports!

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 18):

I did, thanks! Yup, WestJet is not at all bad for what it is. I'd say I got my money's worth for $140 return!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 20):

Much appreciated! The chubby guy had a great voice too!

Quoting LanPeru (Reply 21):

User currently offlineAdventuristo From Canada, joined Feb 2013, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5467 times:

Hi Suryo! I've been following your reports for some time now. I spent around 3 years in Southeast Asia and miss it! Your trip reports are holding me over till I go visit again.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
Hello Adventuristo,

First of all welcome aboard!

I can only echo others in saying how stunning your pictures are! Thank you so much for bringing on the experience all the way to the Dutch Antilles from YYZ.

Well, for us Canadians, most things are cheaper across the border. E.g. first time I flew to Malaysia, the ticket price was nearly triple leaving from YYZ (cost $475 from BUF). So I go across to shop (clothes, TVs, food LOL, whatever) frequently. I think YYZ has some serious airport tax.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
Can you tell me why? Your home seems closer to YYZ.

Definitely would have been nice! No free beverages. There was a gigantic lineup at Tim Horton's (staple coffee/donuts/etc place in Canada) where the prices were normal, but the lineup would have taken forever. The guy across the aisle grabbed himself a couple of big sandwiches and kept muching on them throughout the flight.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
A breakfast sausage would have been nice. Did the price include free coffee, tea or juice?

No, but you should have seen the lineups for the washrooms a couple of hours in!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
Lovely! You won’t get dehydrated!

Is it Papiamento? I was told it was Dutch. Sorry about that! I am not at all familiar with the Dutch language.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
Do you probably mean in Papiamento? Because we say “de andere kant” for “the other side” in Dutch.

Bet she'll love it! Thanks!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
A colleague at the office will leave for a holiday on Curacao. I can understand her enthusiasm thanks to your coverage!  

Best wishes,

User currently offline797 From Venezuela, joined Aug 2005, 1908 posts, RR: 27
Reply 24, posted (2 years 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5460 times:

Amazing report, congrats!

I personally hate that refinery. Unlike you, I could smell it from miles away!!!

I don't like Curaçao as much as I like Aruba. Curaçao's people are often quite rude and my experiences there haven't been too nice. You should try Aruba next, you'll love it!

What camera did you use for the night shots?

Thanks for posting!


Flying isn't dangerous. Crashing is what's dangerous!
25 4engines4lnghll : WOW! Best TR I have ever read. 5* photos!
26 Widebodyroga : Hey Adventuristo, What a great report and with so many lovely photos! We were considering Curacao for our Christmas vacations and while I'm glad you c
27 tz757300 : Great report! Looks like one of the ranges formed by glacier retreat in the Appalachians in PA That is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge connecting the shores
28 Adventuristo : Thanks! Who doesn't hate refineries?! I've heard that, depending on wind, it can smell on Curacao. If I'm not mistaken, the oil refinery is Venezuelan
29 MSS658 : Hello Great first trip report, and a very interesting read about Westjet I'm actually planning on doing Westjet as well this summer, looks like a grea
30 abrelosojos : Thanks for the report. Seems like WestJet continues to deliver a great product! Pictures of Curacao were amazing. I have been there a long time back,
31 Adventuristo : Does anyone know what the link of a specific post is? I'm not sure if the second part of the pictures is viewable (3rd post, 2nd post of mine) to ever
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