08/01/2009, San Antonio, Ibiza
There is a lot to talk about today. First off, we made it to Ibiza. It was a 24 hour trip over here to San Antonio. But, after we got here we discovered that the electric piano had just taken a salt-water bath. When I lifted it up to move it, water came pouring out of one end! From now on the piano is living in a different berth.
My Dad took it apart (with a little help on my part) and we started cleaning it up. We put it back together with about 20/88 of it working. So we took it back apart and left it for the night. But, during the night, it dried out and this morning it was working - completely! So we now have a working piano.
While the piano episode was going on, though, I somehow caught a cold (it may have had something to do with staying up way too late for 3 consecutive nights!). So during repairing the piano I had a bad headache that continued through the night. That and the lack of sleep may have had something to do with the fact that I slept 'till 10 a.m. this morning. I feel better now.
We plan to go to Mallorca and order Goiot (a French company) hatch parts. The reason for this is the same reason the piano got wet - the hatches leak. So we're going to get new seals. From Mallorca we'll go to Menorca and then on to Sardinia and Sicily. The Croatian coast has apparently gotten expensive so my Dad is reconsidering his plans to go there.
The weather has been hot here. At 8 p.m. the cabin's at 90 degrees Fahrenheit! The water's also warm at 81 degrees Fahrenheit. It never really cools down here. At night it gets pleasantly warm while in the day time you would want air conditioning (which we don't have). Heaters aren't much help around here!
The title is because we have had difficulty finding Wi-Fi lately and I haven't had a chance to blog.
07/27/2009, Alicante, Spain
We met a new cruising family 2 days ago. They consist of 2 girls (about 15 years old), a boy (my age), and their Dad. We met them in Cartagena and have sailed with them since.
We are now on to San Antonio on Ibiza (pronounced Ibitha. I don't know why). It will be (hopefully) exciting. Apparently san Antonio is a BIG party location. FYI, I won't be going to any of them!!
After that it's on to Mallorca, Menorca, Italy, Croatioa, etc.
07/16/2009, Almunecar, Spain
Last night we stopped in a port near Malaga and this morning continued on to Almunecar. It was a trying day -- physically and emotionally. Stuff's breaking real fast for one. Also, I was feeling homesick (maybe I still am!).
No wind today. We motored most of the way here.
07/06/2009, Gibraltar, United Kingdom
Well, we made it to Gibraltar. The pillars of Hercules apparently are on the rock of Gibraltar so I, at least, would like to go see them. There is a cable car that goes up the rock.
We are probably going to be stuck here until my Dad receives his credit cards (again [he lost them before]) and we fix the main traveler (again [it broke on the crossing]). That could be a few days!
The picture is of the rock of Gibraltar.
07/02/2009, Cadiz, Spain
The target was acquired about 2 weeks ago and now has been reached! Cadiz is not considered the Mediterranean, but the coast of Spain is pretty much in the Mediterranean.
Today was fairly eventful. For a start Alex left today. He left around 11 a.m. to catch a taxi to catch a train to catch a plane to catch a connector flight to go to Frankfurt.
Secondly today is our first day in port for 8 days. It was exciting bring close to land again. I've never experienced the feeling of the land tipping after being at sea for awhile.
The third, but most exciting was our experience with groceries and public transit. It goes as follows:
We took the bus to near the Post Office/Bank. From there we went to a super market. We picked up 8 bags of food there for, guess what...85 Euros (that's cheap)!!!! Check out the exchange rate! Anyhow, 8 bags of food is really heavy (as we soon found out). We moved the groceries to the bus stop and proceeded to cross the street 4 times trying to find the right bus stop (luckily the bus stops we close together)!!! We found the right bus and the bus driver said it was a kilometer to Puerto Sherry. We took his bus. We got off the bus nowhere near the water and started to carry the groceries down the road. We were like, "Boy, I don't think we can do this!" We came to a man who was starting to load up his car and we were so desperate that my Dad asked him for a ride! The man (his name is Rafael) gave us one (God bless him). Rafael took us directly to our dock. "Muchas Gracias!!!"
Anyhow, that is a recount of our adventures so far on land (and a little bit of on-the-water stuff thrown in there).
06/23/2009, Horta, Azores
We're off for Cadiz, Spain tomorrow. It should take about a week.
Today Jon, Nick, and Alex went up to the crater of Faial and took a lot of pictures. My Dad and I chose not to go (we wanted to save money). I wish I could've gone, though.
The next blog should come from Spain!!