The Adventures of Alexandra and David

Who: David & Alexandra
Port: Halifax, Nova Scotia
We're always Somewhere South of Somewhere.

The Banyan Love is Growing.
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but we're not Tweeting.

Our friends Paul and Sheryl Shard, of Distant Shores, are incredible producers of their very own TV Show.

If you haven't already, check them out.

Their DVD's are informative and fun to watch as they travel to all four corners of the world.

You might even find Banyan in some of them!!
12 March 2014 | Not sure, St John, USVI
11 March 2014 | St Francis Bay, St. John, USVI
11 March 2014 | Hawksnest Bay, St.John, USVI
10 March 2014 | St. John, USVI
05 March 2014 | Sint Maarten
04 March 2014 | Sint Maarten
02 March 2014 | Sint Maarten
01 March 2014 | Sint Maarten
28 January 2014 | Simpson Bay Lagoon, Sint Maarten
21 January 2014 | Ile Fourche, St Barts
20 January 2014 | Gustavia, St Barts
19 January 2014 | Anse des Flamands, St Barts
19 January 2014 | Anse de Colombier, St Barts
17 January 2014 | Anse de Colombier, St Barts
15 January 2014 | Barbuda
15 January 2014 | Barbuda
15 January 2014 | Barbuda
15 January 2014 | Codrington, Barbuda
15 January 2014 | The morning in Barbuda
14 January 2014 | Barbuda

From One Adventure to Another

07 November 2017
We're almost ready to leave Barcelona. We're at the airport waiting to board the last of the series of planes that's been our travels as of late.

We've disposed of our luggage, cleared through the process that is security, and are at the moment, (im)patiently waiting to board the plane that will take us into Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria Island. This signals the end of the planes. The end of this Adventure and the start of a new one.

The new Adventure begins tonight, when we land in Las Palms, grab a cab, head to the marina and climb aboard SV ZAO, a luxurious 50 foot Catamaran, that we will help deliver across the Atlantic Ocean to Saint Lucia. You'll be able to follow our route and progress BY CLICKING HERE

Yikes! {{ I think I'm getting nervous again }}

Our Wee Adventure has been 11 days of Awesomeness. I'll admit to being kind of tired, my eyes a little baggy, my body carbed up on the type of food that is not quite the norm but always fun to have: fried and sandwiches and ales. The different beds, the living out of suitcases, the unfamiliar this isn't my home type of noises that tend to keep you awake at night. All part of what is when you travel and don't have your own routine, pillow or bed, shower, or fridge and stove. But then, that's all the fun, right?

It's been 11 days of going all out. We've OutFitBitt'ed our FitBit's and my thighs and calves and feet are sore. We've climbed up and down more stairs that either one of us could ever care to count. We've dodged the shopping and played the tourist. With AirBnB we’ve experienced life like the locals, which is truly our favourite way to be. We've walked up and down and into narrow alleyways, and breathed in the fresh air that is hiking outdoors in fields and mountains. We've travelled on planes and trains and automobiles. And definitely overwhelmingly happy and awed with everything we've done and seen.

Our Wee Adventure started when we found an incredible deal, the last cheap flight from Halifax to Ireland (via Newfoundland) for barely $200 per person. With that type of price, how could we not plan some fun in Ireland? And London? And Barcelona?

In Ireland we'd rented a car and experienced our first stay with an AirBnB. Roger and Samantha welcomed us into their home with open arms, the room was comfortable and we were close to anything and everything. The airport, nearby restaurants and by easy access to the highways. Ireland was all about driving in the wrong side of the car on the wrong side of the road. Getting to castles, having some Guinness, kissing the Blarney Stone, and loving the accents.

From Ireland we flew to London where we had two nights and one day at another AirBnB, a mere ten minutes walk from Tower Bridge. There we met up with a cruising friend Mark on SV Sea Life, who gave us an incredible Grand Tour of the Big City. No car needed as we walked from sunup to sundown, used the double decker buses that drove crazily around the roundabouts, where we ate Fish and Chips, were snubbed by Royalty who never got our memo that we were coming for Tea, and feasted on Ale and Pie.

And finally, we flew to Barcelona, picked up our rental car and booked into a hotel for a five night stay. We toured the vibrant and historical city by train and subway, and used our rental car to visit the outskirts of town where we strolled on beaches and hiked a few stairs and saw crosses on the mountain. Churches and Abbeys and history and architecture and Sangria and Paella, si?

For all the photos, check out our Sailing Banyan Facebook Page, give us a Like or Two, and why not spread the word? We might be offline for a wee while, but there'll be plenty of stories when we (re)join the Collective.

Up next? A TransAtlantic Passage! OnOn !

An Invitation to Distant Shores

26 October 2017
Have you heard of Distant Shores?

There are, of course, the distant shores that we all long to escape to. The distant shores of our dreams are the goal as we're hatching and planning and executing the Living the Dream type of lifestyle that we all dream about doing.

But I'm talking about THE Distant Shores. As in the SV Distant Shores. As in the Shards: Paul & Sheryl. Perhaps you've been to one of their seminars at the numerous international Boat Shows they speak at? Perhaps you've seen theirs TV Show "Distant Shores"? Perhaps you've liked their Facebook Page , or Instagram (@distantshorestv) or subscribed to their webpage, blog and newsletter?. Perhaps you YouTube their Vlogs?

Dave and I used to watch their TV show many many moons ago, when we still had a TV and access to Cable. Back when we were still *thinking* about making this dream we had a reality. Of exploring the world with a boat that we would call home. We watched their informative, well filmed & well researched shows with captive interest, drooling at the distant shores they were visiting, captivated by it all. Inspired by them.

We watched & we learned and we dreamt how we would be so lucky as to one day be doing just like them.

When Dave retired, I kept on working. Traffic being what it was I knew that if I left at ten minutes to the hour, I would make it to work well ahead of 7:30 start time avoiding any frustrating lengthy pileups, and able to enjoy my coffee before the start of the work day. But if I left ten minutes after the hour, the roads would have me delayed, stuck behind too many cars at too many red lights.

You know what happened right? Their episodes aired at 7 a.m., just as I would be primping the last double check of my dress in the mirror behind the door.

"Look at this place... " or "Oh Wow Dear, watch how..." Dave would say as he handed me my coffee. Invariably I would stop. And inevitably I would sit down, and finish my coffee as I watched the show which would make me stuck in traffic. Not to mention late for work.

We met Paul & Sheryl in the British Virgin Islands on the 10th of April 2013. You can read all about it HERE

We were thrilled to appear in their newsletter And excited to celebrate the Sint Maarten Carnival with them.

While our respective travels didn't allow for long periods of time together, we made sure we connected as many times as we could, whenever we could, wherever we could.

Welcoming them home to Distant Shores with a bit of a Banyan onboard SV Banyan

where I obviously didn't get the memo to wear blue!

We celebrated Paul's Birthday with Cake delivered by Deliverance at Peter Island and then hiked all those calories away. We muled them some boat parts when we found out we would be in the same place at the same time. We've met in quiet idyllic anchorages and chaotic busy places, like the Annapolis Boat Show last year.

We share a love of travel and sailing, cooking and chatting and Sunday dinners. And we were thrilled when they invited us and our new RV to their beautiful house on the Lake last year.

We've truly enjoyed building our friendship across the many distant shores where we've enjoyed reunions with them on.

A couple of months ago we were just going about our business as usual. The day being what it was, we got to bed a little too late, and checked our inbox well after midnight, *just cause*. And almost weren't going to read the email with their name on it. Because we thought it was *just* their newsletter and would be better enjoyed over coffee the next morning. But for whatever reasons we do what we do, the Capt'N clicked it open, and started reading.

He gasped. And then he gasped a second time, a little louder and for effect as he nudged me out of my Sleepy Candy Crush game.

"Read this..." he said.

And then we both lay in bed, eyes wide open, fully awake and hearts thumping, all night long.

The Email was an invitation. Asking us if we wanted to help them deliver a Discovery/BlueWater Catamaran from the Canary Islands to Saint Lucia. A transatlantic passage on a luxurious 50 foot Catamaran.

The Capt'N was totally IN. He's crossed the Atlantic, but I figure that crossing a big blue ocean several times on a few military-grey coloured, 400+ foot Naval Destroyers, doesn't really count, does it? As many of you might know, I had no immmediate desire to cross an ocean on my boat that is my home, preferring instead to spend the last four seasons exploring the length and width and breadth of the Caribbean Islands.

Perhaps some time in the future? What's the rush? Right?

This invitation was exhilarating and as much as I wouldn't admit it to anyone I was immediately IN. And then I thought about it, and was nervously IN. And then I thought about the REALITY of it, and was still, surprisingly IN.

Because I *knew* that this would be one of those life events that I would regret if I didn't do! So we emailed our Paul & Sheryl with the reply: Aye, Aye. Count us IN.

Which is totally what changed our plans as we were RV'ing across Canada, heading towards Winkler and the LTV Rally, the only fixed event on our schedule. Which is how we ended up storing the MoHo in Las Vegas and flying home to Halifax for the Capt'N's routine medical appt, somehow perfectly and fortuitously timed to fit in with the start of this Epic Adventure.

The flights were getting more expensive as each day passed. And we waited for confirmation of the boats shakedown cruise where all went well. And then one evening, out of excitement and boredom, the Capt'N Googled then Googled some more. And found a flight from Halifax to Ireland for barely $200 each. And once in Europe, flights are a pittance, so after a few days in Dublin, we booked a flight to London. And then another one to Barcelona. Which is our Wee Adventure before the Epic Adventure. A week's worth of Adventuring for what would've been the total cost of a flight for two direct to the Canaries. Well done Google & the Capt'n for all that keyboard research.

And then we join Paul and Sheryl in the Canaries. And we meet the other two crew-mates, Dan and Craig of CruisingOffDuty.

We shall learn the boat, practice sailing her, provision her and then hoist the sails. For Saint Lucia. And that's THE Epic adventure.

Talk about some serious distant-shore-ing, eh?

Thank you Paul & Sheryl for The Invite. Thank you Distant Shores for the Continuous Inspiration.
Vessel Name: Banyan
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau 40 Sun Odyssey
Hailing Port: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Crew: David & Alexandra
Welcome Aboard. I'm Alexandra, and if I'm not out Adventuring with Camera in Hand, or cheffing up a storm in my galley, I'm looking to pirate some WiFi to upload our latest tales (with way too many photos) about our most recent adventures. [...]
Extra: CHART YOUR COURSE: Our destiny is shaped by our thoughts and actions. We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.
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The Adventures of Alexandra and David

Who: David & Alexandra
Port: Halifax, Nova Scotia
We're always Somewhere South of Somewhere.

The Banyan Love is Growing.
WebPage Visits

We're on Facebook

Sailing Banyan

Instagram: #banyantravels

but we're not Tweeting.

Our friends Paul and Sheryl Shard, of Distant Shores, are incredible producers of their very own TV Show.

If you haven't already, check them out.

Their DVD's are informative and fun to watch as they travel to all four corners of the world.

You might even find Banyan in some of them!!