What is Bon Bini Ya'll?

Bon bini ya’ll.

What does that mean, why such a name and do I know it's misspelled?

Elementary dear reader. The name reflects my experiences as an accidental expatriate, one who lived as a 'trailing spouse' of an expatriate businessman. Throughout 41 years, in 18 moves—we lived in 7 countries, 6 of them technically foreign, though the USA can seem very foreign too. Verbiage eludes me in American that I know in Spanish.

Before my life abroad, I was a provincial American whose genealogy in North America dated back to 1607. Inside my personal version of Plato’s cave, I was only able to see the shadows on the wall of my wee little world. Foreign was eating at a Taco Bell. Then one day without any preparation, I left my cave for unknown world of 1972 Lima, Peru. It was a life altering experience.

Life abroad taught me many things, including the lesson that diversity is more than skin tone and one size (or way of doing things) does not fit all. So with that voice and through that lens I see what life is like in Chicago, the USA and the world.

As for bon bini ya’ll it simply means welcome y'all in Papiamentu—the patois language of the island of Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles, one of my once upon a time homes. And yes, the cocktail napkin was misspelled, as was my guidebook of the same title, Bon Bini Ya'll. Why not? Even that crazy island is sometimes spelled Korsow.


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    Candace Drimmer

    TIMELINE June 1972 to June 1973---Candace moves to Lima (Peru)----- June 1973 to May 1974---Candace and The Husband live in Glendale AZ----- May 1974 to August 1974---Living in Toronto, Ontario (Canada)----- September 1974 to May 1975---Living in Aberdeen SD----- May 1975 to July 1979---Living in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)----- July 1979 to June 1980---Living in Asuncion (Paraguay)----- June 1980 to September 1980---Living in NYC----- September 1980 to November 1982---Living in Connecticut----- November 1982 to January 1983---Living in Ponce, Puerto Rico (USA)----- February 1983 to July 1986---Living in Willemstad, Curacao (Netherlands Antilles)----- July 1986 to July 1989---Living in Guayaquil (Ecuador)----- July 1989 to July 1995---Living in Connecticut (yes, again)----- July 1995 to August 2001---Living in Mexico City (Mexico)----- August 2001---Return to Gringolandia (a.k.a. United States of America)----- I was an accidental expatriate; love and marriage led me to it. One day I was a bandy-legged kid sitting atop my dogwood tree looking out of my small backyard world in 1950s New Jersey, wanting to move somewhere--anywhere, different. Next thing I knew I met a young hirsute anti-war, soon-to-be-Peace Corps volunteer, fell in love and moved to Peru in the 1970s. WHAT an adventure it's been!! NOTE: I gave up Facebook, so apologies that I cannot answer any comments since it is only set up via FB.

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