|The Chit Chat Café at Mensing's Caminada, Curaçao's largest|
bookstore. The café has graciously agreed to host us for
Why the long wait? Why not do the launch earlier—now, for instance? Or—as we'd originally planned—before Christmas and the big shopping season? Yes, that would've made sense. But living on an island that no one (including international postal services) can find on a map has its drawbacks.
|The two bags of books I picked up|
at the post office on Dec. 20th
The books arrived Dec. 20th.
Of course I'd cancelled with the bookstore already... and it was too short notice to reschedule before Christmas. First two weeks of January were also out (everyone's too exhausted from the holidays, emotionally and financially) — which brought us into Carnaval season.
Curaçao goes all-out nuts twice a year: for New Year's, and for Carnaval (Mardi Gras). There's a children's parade, a teener parade, a big-people parade (or 'adult', but that sounds like it's rated R or something... ) that happens twice: on Sunday afternoon and Tuesday night (the actual Mardi Gras). Preparations for all this starts months before (like, as soon as the thing is over the previous year), and the closer Carnaval comes, the narrower islanders' attention spans get.
|No photo can do the madness and joy of Curaçao's Carnaval justice.|
Below is a preview of the poster announcing the event. What do you think? I'm off to Mexico for 10 days today, so I won't be working on it until I'm back... Plenty of time to get some feedback to improve it :)