Cruising to Calm

" I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same as 'making a life'." Maya Angelou. This is the story of the Brown family adventure. We have pulled roots in NY and are taking our two kids ages 4 & 1 on a five year cruise. This is our story

23 February 2011 | Vava'u Tonga
07 October 2010
29 August 2010 | Neiafu, Tonga
30 June 2010 | Eauiki Island
01 April 2010 | Tonga
19 March 2010 | Tonga
23 February 2010 | Neiafu, Tonga
12 February 2010 | Tonga
10 February 2010 | Neiafu, Tonga
26 January 2010 | Neiafu, Tonga
20 January 2010
01 January 2010 | Pago pago American Samoa
12 December 2009
27 November 2009 | Suvarrov
02 November 2009 | Palmerston
26 October 2009
23 October 2009 | Nowhere
13 October 2009
26 September 2009

08 October 2007 | New York
At the moment we are moored at the 79th Street boat basin which is a little surreal. When I was in high school I lived on the Upper Westside and we used to hang out at the boat basin and drink beer so it's kind of strange that I am using the dinghy dock/pier as something other than a bar. As we sit on Indy and look ashore, I can see places/ buildings that were my playground. Funny.
It has been wonderful being back. The first day here I went to Chinatown and had a facial/ massage at my usual haunts. The people where I usually go were excited to see me but my new life was lost in translation. I tried explaining it but it was a no go so I ended up saying I had just been very busy.
We took the kids to the park, hit a street fair, had Japanese, went to Zabars and got all the specialty things the city has to offer. Although there was a part of being back that felt strange, as if I was a voyeur in what I consider my hometown. It's hard to explain. Three years before moving onboard Indy we had left the city for Westchester but I always felt like the City was still home..my dr's are here, hairdresser etc and it was only 33 miles away. I guess I felt a disconnect because I am living such a different life than what NY represents. Don't get me wrong, it's not a better way of life just a very different one. It's strange to be here and not have anywhere I have to be... work, errands, places or parties.
Strange..everyone was in a hurry but me. I missed the hustle a bit if I were to be honest.
I think what draws me most to NY is the rawness of it. People are no nonsense, get to the point, lay it on the table which I find truly refreshing....life is too short to be any other way.

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Vessel Name: Independence
Vessel Make/Model: 44 ft St Francis Catamaran
Hailing Port: New York
About: Curtis/Otis, Jenny, Ben (5), Sam (2)
Extra: " I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same as 'making a life'." This is the story of the Brown family adventure. My husband, Otis and I(Jenny) are taking our two children(Ben and Sam) on a sailing adventure.
Home Page: www.sailingindependence.com
Independence's Photos - Cruising to Calm (Main)
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River exploration in Panama
Otis chilling at the helm
Boys with blue tongues
Jenny & Otis
Shark inSuwarrow
Pollywog initiation crossing Equator
Boys in fort Portabello
Sammy lands his 50th fish of the trip!
Pig roast in Marquesas
O doing pig dance with Pierre, our host
Jenny & O at Christmas dinner
Carnival in Samana Dominican Republic
Beach refuse fort in Testigos Islands Venezuela
Local Perogue in Testigos
Ben and Tigah in Antigua
 
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Port: New York