Smile, Bonaire ta dushi!
I am Paulina Rodriguez and I work for Cargill Salt Bonaire BV for over 28 years. Most people on Bonaire know me as “Mama Smile”, the face representing the Tourism Awareness campaign, “Smile Boneiru ta dushi” (Smile Bonaire is wonderful), for the Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB).
The campaign emphasizes Bonaire’s hospitality, one of my favorite things about the Island. I also like the nice climate, the serenity and the safety. Let’s not forget the diving, the nature and the flamingos. Being born and raised a Bonairean, it is quite an honor to fulfil this role. Between working at Cargill, and being “Mama Smile”, I always try to find a moment to read, take a swim or go for a nature walk. Every now and then I dive, too.
Route to the South
I especially like the drive to the south end of Bonaire; I travel this route to work each day. I also like Washington-Slagbaai National Park very much and love Sorobon Beach. I think Lac is a very special place, as well.