By Sarah Harvey – 14th February 2023
The word “dushi” is part of the national identity in Curacao – and there is much we all can learn from this Caribbean island’s sweet philosophy.
As I crunched my way through a bowl of funchi fries with hot pepper sauce at a cafe on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, an exclamation from a neighbouring table caught my attention: “Dushi!”
The word emanated from a stylish young Curacaoan woman who was having lunch with a group of friends. I couldn’t make out the subject of the conversation, but with a soft “d” at the beginning of the word followed by a long cooing vowel and a melodious pitch rise at the end, I felt that dushi must mean something wonderful. After I left the cafe and began exploring the capital Willemstad, I realised the word “dushi”seemed to be on everyone’s lips. …