“Most of Aruba is Catholic, but there is a little superstition mixed in as well,” he explains. “Friends and relatives want to make sure their dead feel right at home, so they paint the mausoleums the same color as their houses. If they paint their house a different color, they paint the mausoleum a different color.”
He is ready to continue on, but we all want to get out of the truck and take a few pictures of the beautifully-colored cemetery.
Bright blue, yellow, gold, lavender and purple mausoleums topped with crosses and marked with names and messages line street-like rows. I walk, take pictures and read, taking in the unusualness and admiring the love that goes into the care and upkeep of these houses of the dead.
Soon we are back in the truck heading to our original destination. The cemetery was a slight detour, but for this tour group, an interesting one.