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As of the end of 2015, we have finished our first calendar year living on our boat, travelling from New Year’s Eve last year in Costa Rica to our present berth in Licata, Sicily. Altogether we’ve come about 11,000 nautical miles (or over 18,000 kilometers) by boat from Seattle.
Last year Birgit, Hannah and I spent New Year’s Eve on Serafina, at anchor in a small bay with 10 or 15 fishing boats, buffeted by gale force winds, recovering from a very windy trip south from Chiapas, Mexico. This year there’s a gala party at a local restaurant, with a band, followed by fireworks and a stroll around town, and our challenges have been more on the order of keeping the heater working and finding the best local wines.
We’ve been in Licata for almost three months, and we’re adapting well to the pace of life in Sicily (more on that in blogs to come) – but we miss friends and family, and look forward to the adventure and exploration that will surely come when we get on the move again in the spring. Our intention is to head east, perhaps first up into the Adriatic, then certainly to Greece and probably coastal Turkey. We’ll be keeping an eye on the refugee crisis in the Aegean to see what seems reasonable for travel in that area.
Maybe the biggest discovery of the year for us is how easy it has been to adapt to life in a small space, with severely limited possessions. How hard many people work to have things that only are necessary to make work possible – like housing in an area with jobs, a car, clothing, day care – all of which impose heavy economic burdens that can only be lifted by long hours at work. We feel so fortunate, thanks to luck and Social Security, to be able to step outside of that pressure. We wish the wealth of the world could be distributed equitably enough that it would be an option for many, many more.
Best wishes for 2016!