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Hasta Luego Mi AmorSteve
06/05/2012, Paradise Village, Nuevo Vallarta mexico
Just got back from taking Sharon to the airport. Sharon's going home to Vermont for the summer, she should be back sometime in the fall. It's definitely going to be different here without her. Since leaving San Carlos in October we have traveled somewhere around 1200 Nautical Miles, at least half of it under sail. We've been a lot of places and met a lot of people. We've both made a lot of adjustments. If you think it's challenging getting use to a new relationship....try living together in an area less than half the size of a small studio apartment. But for the most part we've made it work and have had an amazing time along the way.
La Cruz de Huanacaxtle cruiseSteve
06/03/2012, La Cruz
Last week we decided to Sail over to La Cruz for the weekend. We hadn't been sailing since arriving back to Banderas Bay in late April and being Sharon's last weekend, it sounded like the perfect trip. We were able to get our sails up right out of the marina breakwaters and had about 15 knot winds all the way...sweet.
06/01/2012, Banderas Bay
What a busy week. As you may know I started Spanish school this week. Along with my three hours per day, three days a week classroom lessons, I also have about 2 hours per day homework. So far I feel very good about the class, however it is definitely keeping me busy. I leave the boat each morning at 8:30 and usually don't get back until after 2:00. By the time I've taken care of boat jobs and done my homework, the day is almost done. This busy schedule has forced me to move my happy hour time back to nearly 7:00.
For the past year I have been working on learning to speak spanish. OK, so I didn't really work very hard at it until the past 3-4 months, but in the past few months I've really been busting my ass to learn spanish, with so so results. I've been doing the Rosetta Stone program, listening to C/D's from Living Language, and of course practicing with the locals (pic). When I think of how much more spanish I know now then I did a year ago, it brings a smile to my face....then I'll be standing next to two Mexicans talking to each other and not be able to understand one freaking thing they say....and my smile disappears.
What happened to Bud?Steve
05/26/2012, Paradise Village, Nuevo Vallarta mexico
The first hurricane of the 2012 Eastern Pacific hurricane season has come and gone. I had been tracking a tropical depression which formed off of the Southern Mexico coast for about a week. I had watched the forecasters change the soon to be hurricanes path every day never thinking that it would actually become a hurricane. When I woke this morning I planned to show Passageweather.com's model with Bud pretty much over Banderas Bay....big surprise, Bud was no longer there.
The week in reviewSteve
05/24/2012, paradise Village, Nuevo Vallarta mexico
Si Bon has had lots of work done in the past week, her wood now looks almost brand new. Juan also talked me into having him shine up all of the stainless steel...which over the years had become very stained. It's nice to be settled in without all the workers trampling around just above our heads. The bad news is that our dinghy has been in the water for about a month now...and yesterday afternoon when I lifted it out of the water the bottom looked like a marine biology experiment. I quickly dropped it back in and said to myself "manana", while kicking the small crabs that are now living on the dinks bottom back into the water.
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