Here we are arriving at the Larnaca Marina. The guys who came to help us moor the boat turned out to be a great bunch of Lebanese guys (and one Egyptian guy) with whom we have been hanging out the past few days.
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March 2009 - Indian Ocean.
Here's a video of a boat that approached us out at sea...see below for two excerpts from my journal.
Video recorded by Sacha Imboden (with my camera)
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10 March 2009, 8:15pm Tuesday - At sea…end of day 7 to
The pirate scare: Sacha came in and told us to get ready for the pirate attack. Turns out some little fishing boat spotted us and turned around then came toward us. When I got out on deck it was pretty close and approaching us directly. John had binoculars and didn’t seem fazed, but Sacha mimed the teeth chattering look at me. I can’t say I was totally freaked, but I was kind of like wtf, why are they coming straight at us? After a while they turned and went away. I guess they just wanted to check us out. It is a no man’s land out here and boats could do whatever they want, but I guess it’s just not common. Or, who knows. No one on this boat has read anything or checked on anything. John talks to other yachties though, so in general I think it’s safe. In general.
12 March 2009, 5:59am Thursday - Day 9 at sea on the passage to
I've thought many times on this journey, how exhilarating it is to be sailing across the
We have had a couple of incidences with fishing boats approaching us where we initially flash on the possibility that they might be pirates. The first time it happened we'd been at sea a few days with no sign of life, just southeast of
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I don’t even want to tell you how many doughnuts we ate in
So the weight thing is just one of the millions of puzzle pieces that comes together and then gets lost again on this hiatus-travel journey. I don’t think much about it most of the time because we’re too busy having fun. At the same time, the nearly non-stop adventure tends to throw reality checks that hit like those sopping wet toilet paper balls kids throw at the ceiling of the bathrooms in school – they hit hard (glop), they stick, then are forgotten about until eventually they fall smack dab down on the floor (glop part II). I know this lifestyle isn’t healthy and I’m at an age now where health really starts to matter…and I need to get a grip on the eating-exercise-health thing. Soon…I promise myself…soon. Just not now. But one of the many things that is nice about traveling, is that things move too quickly to feel inadequate about anything…and people are interested in us and our crazy adventure…and I never cross paths with those people who silently judge me and take inventory of my status in life based on silly things like career, wealth, marriage, children, and most annoying of all…weight, which has always been a struggle for me. So for now, Alyssa and I are trying to turn a new leaf and do more yoga, run in the mornings, eat fruit instead of Snickers, etc, but we reserve the right eat whatever we want, whenever we want, and have a blast no matter what the size of our knickers.
“Ohhhhh…and you give it all you’ve got,
fat bottomed girls you make the rockin’ world go round”
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Blog entry from Alyssa Webb:
Hey there everyone !!! I’ve decided to do a little contribution to Ali’s cool blog and hijack it for a bit. We are both having a fantastic time painting the places red… or pink… or yellow… anyway… whatever… in each place we have been to. We have both been really fortunate to have a great and successful journey so far with the worst thing to happen being a rotten egg encounter whilst on the 13 day sea passage in the galley. To make a long story short… rotten eggs are just so SO incredibly horrible, rank and NASTY and that was a real test to our ‘we haven’t been sea sick yet’ statement. *touches wood* We still haven’t been sea sick yet… (Yikes ! Probably shouldn’t say that !!) Sailing from Hurgarda to Port Suez was a big test as we encountered up to 30 knots of wind and big waves !! It was a rough journey but it was pretty cool to be air bourn whilst sleeping !!! Yeeee HARRR !!!
Anyway… I won’t ramble on too much as my ramble isn’t anywhere near as interesting as Ali’s ramble. But below are a few things I have learnt on my travel adventures so far:
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