Beirut: uncertainty, coffee, Harley, and the next passage(s)

I submitted the book proposal this morning. I have a couple of papers to finalize but otherwise my days are starting to have less structure again. I’ve had some more meetings and conversations about job opportunities but there is still nothing concrete on the table.  I am not missing work, at least not my old … Continue reading Beirut: uncertainty, coffee, Harley, and the next passage(s)

Cruising the Bahamas over Christmas and New Years Part III (Crab Cay, Spanish Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Treasury Cay, and March Harbor)

We spent two nights anchored at Crab Cay; the last two nights at anchor.  In the other cays we were always docked in a marina.  This was for convenience.   My son Juan David and his GF joined us at Green Turtle Cay and they were renting rooms, not sleeping in the boat.  Below are … Continue reading Cruising the Bahamas over Christmas and New Years Part III (Crab Cay, Spanish Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Treasury Cay, and March Harbor)

Sailing Antares from West End to Marsh Harbor over Christmas and the New Year (Part I)

Carla, Richard, and I stayed a couple of days at the West End after our arrival, resting but also cleaning the boat and storing gear. I was alarmed by the discovery of these nasty, minuscule, monsters: the nats. You can barely see them yet they sting you with fury and soon your body is covered … Continue reading Sailing Antares from West End to Marsh Harbor over Christmas and the New Year (Part I)

From Hampton VA to Bahamas (Third Part)

It is difficult to explain how I got into that situation. A combination of things:  my overconfidence on GRIB files, not reading properly the text forecast, and not having told the organizers of the Salty Dawg that I was not receiving Chris Parkers' weather forecasts; he was sending them to my gmail address instead of … Continue reading From Hampton VA to Bahamas (Third Part)

From Hampton VA to Bahamas (second part)

Despite the alcohol I didn't sleep well that last night in Hampton. I woke up early to an overcast and cold day, with a knot in the stomach. I spent the first part of the morning trying to install the Iridium e-mail App on my old, backup, iPad.  It took me a while, in part … Continue reading From Hampton VA to Bahamas (second part)

Coming back and a new start

We came back from Ecuador six weeks ago or so; it feels much longer.  Over there, in Casa Blanca - Same, we had settled into a languid routine that involved uninterrupted hours of reading, runs and walks on the beach, an occasional swim in the ocean, hikes through the jungle, copious meals with a variety of seafoods and … Continue reading Coming back and a new start