It is just a stone-throw away from Venezuela. “Aruba The Happy Island”, they call it. Or more precisely, the advertisements ‘define it’ as such. In reality, it is not too happy at all. This Dutch colony surrounded by the Caribbean Sea feels thoroughly frustrated and uncertain about its identity. Compared to Cuba or even Jamaica, people here do not like to talk on the record; if they agree to comment on something, they do it under the strict condition of anonymity. Aruba is not at peace with itself, or with the world. By association, it is part of NATO. It is dependent on its European, overseas master. As a result, it is intimidating its sister, its beautiful and proud neighbor – Venezuela.