A tropical adventure in I Departure has a sad ending | show

The adventure in which Martijn (41) and his partner Sean (31) throw themselves together with their dog and three naked cats, has a sad ending. viewers I’m leaving Watch how the first gay resort the couple wants to open in Curaçao is riddled with cockroaches and termites. But that’s not the biggest problem: immigration and renewal take a heavy toll on the couple’s relationship.

In order to spend more time together, Martijn and Sean bought an empty building on the tropical island for 330,000 euros. There they want to build five studios and two apartments to open the island’s first gay resort. “A nice meeting place for like-minded people,” Martin explains. With gay pride recently introduced on the island, the couple think Curaçao is ready for a pink resort. dark room By the way, it is not a place: it should be a comfortable, light, atmospheric place.

Martin’s father doesn’t trust his son’s business instincts much. The couple’s friends also believe that the men are wrong about the extent of the migration. A friend admits: “I think sometimes: it’s not a good plan. It’s very different from Holland. You can’t impose the Dutch mentality there.” They also have their skepticism about their attitude towards homosexuals, and that men think they can build an entire resort in three months also seems a bit optimistic.

Once in Curaçao, Martijn and Sean find the building a little larger than they thought. But there is great confidence in the contractor: according to him, all their desires are not at all a problem. This positive attitude quickly breaks down when they encounter cockroaches during demolition. The building appears to be riddled with woodworms.


Very sad, but it didn’t work

Five months later, the damage to the house turned out to be less serious than Martin and Sean thought, and the old owners promised to take on part of the extra costs. Viewers find it quieter at home. Word got out: Martin has ended his relationship with Sean after six years. “Very sad,” he says, “but it’s no longer possible.” A relationship has ups and downs, and adventure is the last straw. Martijn: “Doing a renovation like this together and immigration causes a lot of stress anyway. That was the stress that became too much for us.”

Meanwhile, Sean Millen is away with his dog and three cats. He did not see this result coming. According to him, the difference in personalities is the breaking point, something that was very interesting at the beginning of the relationship. “Martijn decided not to bite into that apple and that’s why I came home,” Shaun explains. However, he does not think adventure is a bad choice. t win. It was a gamble: it failed. I hope everything goes well, I’ll give it to him.”

After six weeks of separation, the first guests arrive at the resort. Not all the rooms are ready and Martijn had to borrow money from his father. Sean is back in Hilversum, busy applying for a job and finding a home. He explains his heartbreak: “The grieving process is still going on. I wish myself to make good choices, but I also hope Martin does.”

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