Ko Pha Ngan: Slocum and Woland

June 29th, 2022 I wasn’t sure about what to do with this journal.  My last post marked the end of a chapter in my life; the few years sailing ANTARES in an elusive attempt to reach the Pacific.  We started in Brandford Connecticut where I bought her in September 2013.  From there we sailed in late March 2014 … Continue reading Ko Pha Ngan: Slocum and Woland

Loss

The story below was written in fragments during April and May of 2022.  I finally put it together a couple of weeks ago while staying in the Island of Phuket.  It is meant to give closure to my last passage.   Paris, June 5, 2022 -------------- Northwest and southeast of point 12°03N / 67°38W extends a line of … Continue reading Loss

Grenada:  sleep disruptions and a short update

March 13, 2022 Washington was cold and I didn’t venture far outside the house. While Marina and Sofia were in school I was working, and at night went out for dinner.  It was good to see them. I didn’t see anybody else, except Richard briefly one afternoon, and was in bed early every night.  Still, … Continue reading Grenada:  sleep disruptions and a short update

Paris:  Morozov, cornered rats, Bulgakov, Don Giovanni, the invisible object, and of course food

March 5, 2022 Morocco was uneventful; not much to write about. When leaving Tunisia I got back my mini drone and upon entrance in Rabat it went unnoticed. When departing though, I was stopped again by security, this time because of the sat phone and yellow brick I’m taking to the boat. After answering several … Continue reading Paris:  Morozov, cornered rats, Bulgakov, Don Giovanni, the invisible object, and of course food

Tunisia:  missing stools, wrong man at the helm, failed spy, move on

February 19, 2022 I’ve been here for two weeks, working. Although I do meet some government counterparts in their offices many meetings are still virtual and I connect from the hotel, the Movenpick in Gammart. So, I spend a lot of time in this hotel writing in the lobby (there is a couch I like … Continue reading Tunisia:  missing stools, wrong man at the helm, failed spy, move on

Bangkok:  new place and elephant;  my hand and Hemingway’s advice; Annihilate; passage Grenada-Panama

February 1st. We moved to our new apartment 7 days ago; it was an uneventful, stress-free move.  Everything we own has found its new place, including paintings that were hung on Wednesday and even Natalia’s shoes and bags.  Over the weekend I also bought some new art:  a beautiful elephant I found in the local … Continue reading Bangkok:  new place and elephant;  my hand and Hemingway’s advice; Annihilate; passage Grenada-Panama

KHo Mook:  routine, cave, gallery of Babel, freezing and solar power for ANTARES

June 23 We have converged to a sort of steady-state here, and only our daily routines give us a sense of time. Coffee soon after sunrise drank while checking e-mails; every other day a run to the other side of the island for a swim and workout (the whole thing takes around one hour); work … Continue reading KHo Mook:  routine, cave, gallery of Babel, freezing and solar power for ANTARES

Ko Muk: escape, Explora, long-tail boats, ants, and ethanol.

January 15, 2022 This morning we woke up to a beautiful sunrise.  From our bed I could see the beach turning white, the sea slowly drifting south, the silhouette of a large canoe its anchor light fading, in the distance an island emerging from darkness and, behind, an arc of the sun. Natalia discovered this … Continue reading Ko Muk: escape, Explora, long-tail boats, ants, and ethanol.