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2016
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03:54 PM
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The Legendary Headache That Spawned Curacao’s Colorful Skyline

Summary

Not all headaches are bad. In fact, some can actually result in something truly beautiful. Take, for instance, the migraines formerly suffered by Albert Kikkert.

Ugh, headaches! They’re all-too-often an unfortunate by-product of travel. The baby that won’t stop crying throughout your entire flight, lost luggage, surprise hotel service fees, LIAT – all can make our time adventuring around the Caribbean a head-splitting affair.

Not all headaches are bad, though. In fact, some can actually result in something truly beautiful. Take, for instance, the migraines formerly suffered by Albert Kikkert. Who’s he? Oh, just the guy who had the bright idea of painting all the pastel-pretty buildings in Curacao’s capital city of Willemstad in the first place.

It was the early 1800s. King Willem I had appointed Kikkert Governor of the Netherlands Antilles – Curacao, Aruba, and Bonaire – stationing him in Curacao. No doubt, this suited Kikkert just fine as he had previously been stationed in Curacao at one point during a distinguished military career that preceded his time in office. He was already familiar with the island, had established some business interests there; all good, right?

Wrong.

Back then, all of the buildings in Willemstad were stark white. This did not sit well with Kikkert, but not just because he had an eye for style.

Read the full story, originally published on September 1, 2014, on uncommoncaribbean.com.