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Inge Leonora-den Ouden
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Hi you all.
I hope you understand my English, I learned it at school and from the internet
Many years ago I heard about Permaculture. Since my youth I do my best to live in an 'environmently friendly' way (my parents were both nature lovers). What I heard about Permaculture made me think: this could be the best solution for many problems. But really starting, doing things in real life following the Permaculture Principles ... not so easy. Other things happening in life 'covered' my interest for Permaculture. Until ... it came up again. In 2014 I decided to start doing some really substantial things, to start with my garden. First thing was: composting. I needed compost for my garden. Rest of this project you can find here: https://permies.com/t/48736/Permaculture-small-Dutch-town .

One of the reasons my interest for Permaculture came up again might be visiting the Caribbean island Curaçao, where my husband was born. I saw an island with many possibilities ... but not used or neglected. My imagination started building 'a place to live' there. As a certificated advicer for energy-saving I saw how all I learned in the Netherlands was 'the other way round' here. As you understand: a wet and windy moderate climate vs. a hot, dry tropical climate (with wind blowing from the North-East all the time, sometimes stormy, and a rainy season Oct.-Jan.). I started drawing different houses/huts, made of locally found natural materials, some on paper, most in my mind
Of course a house needs a garden. To be sustainable the garden needs to be edible, and produce materials to use (for the building). The next time we visited the island I looked at fruit trees and herbs with more interest. I saw so many different species growing there ... but only in very few gardens. Most people there seemed not to love plants in their garden My imagination worked full speed. What came out was a plan for a project with the name CuraDura ... I decided to start a blog around this 'plan', also promoting those who already started Permaculture on the island: http://curaduracuracao.blogspot.nl/p/english.html

Meanwhile I did not live on the island. My husband was from there, but did not want to return. I understood why. One of the reason was the healthcare. Dutch healthcare is better organised (and paid by the insurance). My husband had some chronical health problems, already before I knew him. So ... sometimes we talked about my 'plans' and how I could start realising them  ... after he had died. He died May 2016. But at that time, Permaculture just 'started happening' in this town, Meppel ... (see more here: https://permies.com/t/56229/Permacultuur-Meppel-starting-educative-community )

I felt like I was needed here in Meppel. So I did not go to Curaçao ... yet ... I kept in touch with the permaculturists there through facebook, e-mail and the blog CuraDura. I saw things there were dedveloping very well, very fast (read here: https://permies.com/t/49300/Permaculture-Caribbean-island-Cura-ao ) . One of my contact persons said: there are opportunities here, you could start working here for the development of Permaculture ...

My imagination started working full speed again ... What would be the best way to go there and start? Here in the Netherlands my income is low (social payment and a small cleaning job), but I do not need much to live, so I am saving money. If I were there, in that climate, I would need less money, much less ... expecially if I realise the 'future plans' I made already! There is (paid) work there for me, to start with (to have a permit to stay there). That is work growing veggies and fruits, so there's food too. And there are places to stay, until I have my 'own'...
Was it a 'coincidance' I just started an online course for my PDC? To be a certified Permaculturist would be an advantage there!

In fact all I have to do is: take a flight to Curaçao. But of course it is not that easy. There are things to do before I can leave. I already started 'minimalising' the stuff from the moment my husband died (or even before, but that was only my stuff ). I walk to the local thrift-stores with bags full of clothes and other things regularly ... and still there is more. And there are things I can not carry in a bag, large things like furniture. So I'll have to use the facebook 'give away' groups more. And there are a few thinngs I do not want to give away. Some things I want to sell, and some things I want to keep. Not all things I want to keep I can take with me. Some things maybe can stay here with family or friends. How to 'ship' my bicycle and my chair to Curaçao?
What about my doggie? She's too old to move her to a different climate, I think. Would one of my friends /family members want to have her?
And then all financial things that must be arranged ... Bank accounts, assurances, the social payment and the 'job' ... 

So now I am arrived at the reason for this topic. Please, do give your ideas, advices, whatever you want to say to me after reading all this!
The blog CuraDura I mentioned gives a global idea of my 'future plans', but that's only a 'direction'. One thing I 'imagine' too is: doing it in a 'moneyless' (or 'moneylow') way ...
b.t.w. my age is 60 now, my health is as good as it can be, I garden often (in projects mentioned above)
 
Chris Knite
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Hi!  I don't have any advice or helpful ideas for you - just encouragement.  I love what you are doing and attempting to do!   Awesome!

Just as a thought, have you looked at Solar stoves?  There are many DIY ideas, and kits on making these around.  Zero cost cooking on the islands.
 
Inge Leonora-den Ouden
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Thank you Chris! Yes, solar cooking is interesting. I even made an experimental solar oven. Here in the Dutch climate it does not function well, but on a sunny day my water became hot (not boiling and it took hours). I am sure it works much better in a tropical climate.
 
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Hi Inge, I think you should go for it. This has been in your thoughts for quite some time already. Too often people don't do what they want and later regret never even having tried.

I made a similar move 10 years ago. But I did it in steps, which made it a lot easier. Keep a base in your home country for as long as you need to feel secure in your new situation. You could for example register yourself as living with a friend or family member where you are now. You can then also keep your current insurance for as long as you need it. The same goes for other things like a bank account. After you're secure in your new situation you can cancel those things and maybe transport things from your old country of residence to your new one. On the other hand, if Curacao does not work out as you hope or expect it's easier to go back.

Jump, but with some safety taken care of!
 
Inge Leonora-den Ouden
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Thank you Rene!
 
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