Us

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Up to now this blog has been written in singular form by yours truly, as I have been preparing Pesto for the arrival of the remaining three protagonists of this story. And we look forward to share our experiences through our different perspectives here. So today, instead of posting about places, tasks, week calendar or geese … today i’m going to write about Us.

Our story dates from more than 20 years ago, but we don’t need to go that far back.

Adriana and I walked down the aisle, hand in hand and dully married, in 1999. The ceremony was in Brazil, but we moved overseas immediately thereafter to polish our academic backgrounds.

Newly wed students
Newly wed students
Our first home (not, it was not on the North Pole)
Our first home was an apartment in this condo (no, it was not on the North Pole)
See - warm and cozy inside
See – warm and cozy inside
After almost two years, we were done studying. The paper reads "Last Exam"
After almost two years, we were done studying. The paper reads “Last Exam”

 

We went back to Brazil in 2001 and three years later the family started to grow. First came Paulo:

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The next year Raquel arrived and the family was complete:

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Raquel 3

 

Careers and Will took us places. Raquel wasn’t 1 year old yet when we moved overseas. First was Singapore:

Eating pizza by Sentosa beach - one of our favorite weekend programs

Xmas tree at one of the fascinating malls of Orchard Road

 

There was a brief 5-month interlude in India (just Adriana and the kids):

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Then Mexico:

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And lastly the United States:

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We tried to keep contact with the sea along the way, taking sailing vacations here and there:

Hmmm ... where will this take us?
Hmmm … where will this take us?
Sailing with kids!
Sailing with kids!

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They learned to swim on one of those trips
They learned to swim on one of those trips

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At the end of 2011, after ordering the n-th round of margaritas in a beach hotel in Mexico (just Adriana and I, obviously – Paulo and Raquel were playing at the kids club), we decided to up the game and acquire our own boat.

Boatsearching in mid January, 2012. But we were looking at the wrong place. Two days after this photo was taken, Pesto found a way to send us an electronic signal, and we finaly discovered her - 4,100 miles (6,700 kms) to the southwest of where we first started.
Boatsearching in mid January, 2012. But we were looking at the wrong place. A few hours after this photo was taken, Pesto found a way to send us an electronic signal, and we finaly discovered her – 4,100 miles (6,700 kms) to the west-southwest of where we first started … this story may become a post in the future

 

Two months later, we were the proud owners of Pesto. We spent our last summer vacations sailing with her …

Family photo in one of the stops
Family photo in one of the stops
The kids having some serious fun
The kids having some serious fun

 

… and eventually it became clear that this was a story in the making. It was up to us to realize it and get it written.

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11 Replies to “Us”

  1. Olá, sou amigo do seu irmão e também me chamo Andre. Tenho um Jeanneau 45 DS que se chama Mangu e que mora em Paraty. Seu irmão me falou do projeto de vocês há algum tempo e hoje me mandou o Link do Blog. Muito bacana! Sou casado e tenho filhas gemeas que velejam conosco desde os 04 meses de idade. com certeza acompanharemos o sucesso do projeto de vocês. Bons ventos!!

  2. Oi Andre, prazer em te conhecer. Obrigado pela menssagem. Eh muito bom poder compartilhar estas experiencias com as criancas ne. Permanecemos em contato. Um abraco, Alexandre

  3. Ale y familia, cada dia me gozo con las anecdotas estan tan bien contadas que me parece estar ahi con uds. Un abrazo

  4. Ale! Que demais ler o seu blog, está sensacional! Adorei este post e conhecer a sua família. Bjs!

  5. Oi Alê,
    O blog está ótimo, gostoso de ler e com ótimas fotos. Você está revelando um novo talento.
    Vou seguir não só para matar as saudades mas pelo prazer de ler.
    Estou torcendo para que seja uma ótima experiência.
    Bjs,

  6. Alex you are a true inspiration!! Such and amazing and beautiful journey to share with your wife and kids…and fortunately with us!!! I so enjoy reading your blog! Thanks for sharing!!

  7. Oi Alê que grata surpresa ter a oportunidade de participar através deste blog tão legal este novo caminho da viagem de vocês! Meu coração e pensamentos os acompanharão nesta linda aventura…. Beijos para você e sua linda família !

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