Cruise Caribbeen - Oranjestad (Aruba) 加勒比海邮轮 - 橘城 (阿鲁巴)

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Photographer: Mr. Shen Wen 摄影:步行者

Writing: Ingrid 文字:卉樱果

Oranjestad- the capital of Abruba island is a  constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the southern Caribbean Sea,

荷兰王国组成国和自治国之一阿鲁巴首府橘城

The cruise sailed 1337.6 kilometers over 40 hours at 19.1 knots

邮轮以19.1 Knots时速历时40多小时航行了1337.6公里

docked  at Oranjestad  at 1 p.m. on 20 Jan. 于一月二十号下午一时停靠橘城港口。

It is a little island with area of 178.91 km2 . 这个岛国非常非常小,总共178.91平方公里,上海崇明岛的16%,温哥华岛的0.6%

We had a shore walk with information map from Cruise "Things to see"

首府橘城自然更小,我们拿着地图,按照邮轮发的橘城资料Things to See自由行。

One Happy island with 31 degree C temperature and colorful buildings., no traffice lights.

码头上大幅壁画“One Happy Island”的幸福感一下岸就感觉到了。首先是热,31度的气温,炙热的太阳,艳丽的建筑色彩。

整个城市没有公交车没有红绿灯。

Lizad

桥墩下岸边的蜥蜴与我们对视良久

Aloe, Fofoti trees and cacatus scattered in Aruba.

阿鲁巴虽近赤道,也有不少植物。芦荟是小岛植物特色之一,1840年开始大面积种植,成为阿鲁巴主要工业-护肤品原料。

Fofoti树很多,在海滩上突然出现孤零零的一棵,使得海鹰沙滩出名了。

这些奇特的仙人掌,也是阿鲁巴一景。感觉和当地人一样,温和。

There were some Dutch Colonial architecture. Due to increased government interest in maintaining the island's cultural heritage, a number of old buildings and houses in the center of town have been transformed into colorfully restored landmarks, such as the lime-colored Civil Registry on Wilhelminastraat.

街上的荷兰风格建筑,政府为了保留小岛文化特色,把这些老建筑刷上明艳的色彩。

People in the Royal Plaze

进入皇家广场Royal Plaza,我急着收下微信。到处是蹭网的,从白发苍苍到年轻人。

 One side of main street were famous brand Stores

喝了星巴克饮料,看了微信,出来继续逛,主街一边是世界名牌商场

The other side were local shops 另一侧岛国小商品

Paardenbaai Eufrosina Mall 市中心商场,左边的蓝马雕像到处可见

The town was built around Fort Zoutman shortly after it was built in 1796. Initially, the town had no official name, being known only as the town on the Bay of Horses (Paardenbaai in Dutch), a place from which native-bred horses were raised and exported to neighboring Curaçao.

大姐好奇,为何那么多蓝马雕像。不耻下问的我就忙活了,拦了几个当地人,总算搞清楚了。在荷兰人占领前,这一带没什么建筑,叫做马匹湾,把本土繁殖的马出口到邻近的库拉索岛(如今也是荷属岛屿)。而荷兰人来了以后,马在城镇建设中成了主要交通工具,蓝色表示海边的马。

The New Protestant Church in 2004 建造的基督教(新教)教堂

Town Hall 市政厅

The oldest structure on the island of Aruba - Fort Zoutman is a military fortification at Oranjestad, Aruba  built bythe Dutch army in 1798 荷兰军队建造的堡垒,是岛国最古老的建筑,现在改建成阿鲁巴历史博物馆。

 Old Ford 古堡残迹

走过壁画街

Wilhelmina  Queen Park

转到此行最后一个目的地Wilhelmina 皇后公园

how wonderful it is that  nobody need wait a single moment to improve the world 每个字都认识,就是意思不明白

As a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Aruba's politics take place within a framework of a 21-member Parliament and an eight-member Cabinet. The governor of Aruba is appointed for a six-year term by the monarch, and the prime minister and deputy prime minister are elected by the Staten (or "Parlamento") for four-year terms. The Staten is made up of 21 members elected by direct, popular vote to serve a four-year term.

皇后雕像前几个年轻人投入地玩手机,嬉笑追逐着。问他们,说玩抓精灵呢,秀给我看手机里的小精灵。他们告诉我这个皇后雕像是现荷兰国王的外祖母。阿鲁巴首相任期四年,民主选举产生,与八人制内阁自治管理小岛内务,荷兰王国政府只负责国防国籍法和最高司法权。

The official languages are Dutch and Papiamento. Papiamento is the predominant language on Aruba. It is a creole language, spoken on Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao, that incorporates words from Portuguese, West African languages, Dutch, and Spanish. English is known by many; its usage has grown due to tourism. Other common languages spoken, based on the size of their community, are Portuguese, Chinese, German, Spanish, and French.

我夸他们的英语发音非常标准,小伙子告诉我,他们的官方语言是荷兰语和帕皮阿门托语(本土语言),孩子们上学后就要学习第三语言英语和古西班牙语,到了十一岁,四种语言都要流利使用。这样的教育使我对这个迷你小岛刮目相看,怪不得人人热爱这个幸福岛国呀!

三四个小时的步行,走回邮轮

霞光万丈

Cruise sailed at 11 PM.

晚上十一点邮轮离港,去餐厅拿饮用水刚巧邮轮起航,离开灯火灿烂的橘城

突然发现船行左侧海平面没几米高处一弯金黄色的月亮船!一生中第一次看到这么大这么弯靠海这么近这么金色的月亮,真被赤道的大弯月美的镇住了!

可惜我没带相机,就算带了我的傻瓜机,估计也拍不出这个画面,此后几个晚上再去看,就是寻常的月亮悬在空中了,贴在海平面的大弯月,这个画面永远留在脑海里了。

 

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