One year ago, I was in Curaçao enjoying warmth, sun and fabulous street art.

I anticipated the perfect weather, had seen photos of the colorful buildings lining the harbor of Willemstad, had even read about the floating pedestrian bridge that opens to allow boats to pass through.

What came as a surprise was the quantity and quality of art throughout the island. The sculpture was clearly commissioned, but the streets of Willemstad teemed with street art. Scenes of local life, fish, people, flowers and animals covered blank walls at every turn.

And oh yes, friendly people, fresh fish and street music.