Casa Blanca, Deluge

Drove 5 hours yesterday:  Quito-Nanegalito (1h); Nanegalito-Los Bancos (1h); Los Bancos-La Union (1h); La Union-Quininde (15 minutes); Quininde-San Mateo (1h); San Mateo-Casablanca Same (45 minutes). At night, I was having dinner with friends in a restaurant at the beach when the deluge started.  It continued overnight. Several houses were flooded.  Stones fell from the edge … Continue reading Casa Blanca, Deluge

Antares @ Puerto Plata – Dominican Republic

Beating into fresh trade-winds for over 36 hours is some form of masochism. But we really didn't have the choice.  Since my last post I have been rather busy trying to get some work done (therefore the silence).  I could only schedule 7 days to sail Antares from Turks and Caicos to Dominican Republic.  Richard … Continue reading Antares @ Puerto Plata – Dominican Republic

Beirut: Chaos,Greek Gods, 260 Kms

It's Friday morning and my landlord's driver, Hossein, is taking me to the department of motor vehicles in his white Vespa, slaloming between cars in the freeway.  I'm seating in the back tense and immobile so as not to disrupt the balance. We have a mission:  registering the motorbike and getting new plates. Can it … Continue reading Beirut: Chaos,Greek Gods, 260 Kms

Beirut: Surgery for Safety at Sea / Stop Drinking ?

I've had the chance to discover the Lebanese health care system (the private part) from the inside.  Thursday, early in the morning, I was admitted to the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC).  The goal:  removing two hernias that had been developing over the last couple of years.  Nothing serious, I could have waited … Continue reading Beirut: Surgery for Safety at Sea / Stop Drinking ?