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THEME DAY: ARCHITECTURE—A PILLAR OF FIRE BY NIGHT, OF CLOUD BY DAY (Part 2)

By Yvonne Blackwood~

Continuing with our previous “theme post” ( Part 1) we begin this article with verse 2 of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “The Lighthouse.”

Even at this distance I can see the tides,
Upheaving, break unheard along its base,
A speechless wrath, that rises and subsides
in the white tip and tremor of the face. . .

The island of Aruba is tiny—only 70 Square miles or 184 square kilometres in area—but it has some interesting features, and a fascinating history. It is a constituent of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, therefore the citizens have a single nationality—they are Dutch.

Aruba is much different from the other Caribbean Islands; it is extremely dry. As I strolled about this tiny island, a desert came to mind—the landscape is strewn with cactus. The soil is barren because of the lack of rainfall. Another unique feature of the island is its lack of natural fresh water. Most drinking water is obtained by desalinating seawater.

In spite of the negative features mentioned, Aruba is a paradise for tourists. For one thing, you need not worry about rain; you are guaranteed sunshine. In addition, the beaches are lovely.

One of the most intriguing lighthouses that I have seen during my travels across the globe is located on this little morsel of paradise called Aruba! It is the quaint California Lighthouse. Originally  built in 1916 to warn ships from the coastline, it has become a landmark for tourists. The lighthouse was named after the S.S. California, a ship which sunk near the shore, and it stands on a small hill where one has a great view of the rocky coastline on the western side of the island and its sandy beaches. The old stone lighthouse, called “Hudishibana” by the locals, stands tall and proud as a sentinel.

California Lighthouse, Aruba
California Lighthouse, Aruba

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