The gift of Friendships

Living aboard a sailboat, homeschooling, and being constantly on the move, we knew this lifestyle of ours would have an impact on the way we socialize, probably reducing our ability to make and be with friends. That was our expectation at the beginning.

In fact, while sailing down the coast of the US during Fall and Winter, we did have moments of solitude along the way.

On the other hand though, this trip has opened up opportunities to refresh good old friendships, which was an unexpected pleasant surprise.

Ana and her son became close friends with Adriana and Paulo in Miami. By coincidence, they moved to the west side of the US more or less at the same time as we did (we even met by chance at an impossibly small gas station somewhere in the middle of Texas along the way). And more coincidently, they did a trip to Seattle while I was there. They were our first visit aboard, and inaugurated our guest book.
Ana and her son became close friends with Adriana and Paulo in Miami. By coincidence, they moved to the west side of the US more or less at the same time as we did (we even met by chance at an impossibly small gas station somewhere in the middle of Texas along the way). And more coincidently, they did a trip to Seattle while I was there. They were our first visit aboard, and inaugurated our guest book.
Fabiana was a work colleague of Adriana's, and they built a strong friendship by then. But hadn't seen each other for over 15 years. She visited us in Richmond, and we spent a crazy day sailing the Bay Area with jet fighters flying low above our heads!
Fabi was a work colleague of Adriana’s, and they built a strong friendship by then. But hadn’t seen each other for over 15 years. She visited us in Richmond, and we spent a crazy day sailing the Bay Area with jet fighters flying low above our heads!
Guilherme, our friend from business school. We hadn't seen him for over a decade.  He found us via Facebook, and we had dinner with him and his lovely wife in San Francisco on a pleasant Fall evening there.
Guilherme, our friend from business school. We hadn’t seen him for over a decade. He found us via Facebook, and we had dinner with him and his lovely wife in San Francisco on a pleasant Fall evening there.
We have been friends with Ricardo and Paola for more time than I feel comfortable to disclose on this blog ( ! ). Our corporate lives sent us different ways across the globe, but we managed to meet occasionally along the way, We spent a great Sunday afternoon at their maison in the Bay Area.
We have been friends with Ricardo and Paola for more time than I feel comfortable to disclose on this blog ( ! ). Our corporate lives sent us different ways across the globe, but we managed to meet occasionally along the way, We spent a great Sunday afternoon at their home in the Bay Area (photo courtesy of Ricardo).
And then there was Kiko, who happened to be coming to South California exactly when we were here !
And then there was Kiko, who happened to be coming to South California exactly when we were here !

 

At the same time, we’ve had the chance to make new friendships, which I hope to remain for the future.

While still in Seattle, we met Jon from s/v Akimbo, when our kids got attracted by his colorful spinning poi. He is an experienced sailor, who has spent many years cruising on his beautiful yacht, and shared valuable insights and words of encouragement to us at a moment we needed it most (the blog of his voyage, by the way, is well worth a visit).

Further down the coast, we met the Adagios, with whom we shared docks for the next two or three ports thereafter. They are down in Mexico now, and I am sure we will get together again as our paths cross somewhere in the Sea of Cortez in a few months from now (on this picture, Steve and I having some “boat talk” just after our arrival to Crescent City, after an overnight passage from Coos Bay):

More recently, we met the crew of s/v Coastal Drifter. This event didn’t happen by chance. Adriana and Debra had been in contact via Facebook for a few months, and when the two boats coincided in San Diego, we moved Pesto to the same marina they were at. As soon as Raquel and I had tied Pesto up at the docks, Coastal Drifter’s two adorable girls came to introduce themselves, and a strong friendship flourished among them and Raquel almost instantly.

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Now the kids (including Paulo) spend almost every day together, as soon as they finish homeschool, and our hearts are filled with happiness each time we see them going about the docks playing together. Among their many adventures, they have transformed Pesto into a hair-style salon, they did sleepovers, visited the Balboa Park and Legoland together, there was a girls’ night out (Paulo not included), hours have been spent in the Marina’s swimming pool, and the list goes …

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This Journey has given us the unexpected opportunity to review dear friends who shared each a different stage of our lives. And at the same time it is allowing us to meet new friends, with whom we now share similar interests and  lifestyles. What a rich and meaningful experience!

7 Replies to “The gift of Friendships”

  1. Nossa filhao, que gostoso ler esse post!!As crianças estão com carinha de felicidade e gostei de ver o Ricardo nas fotos, super curtição com o Kiko tb,passou um filminho bom pela minha cabeça……bjs Mae

  2. Aaêê! Que legal! Quando vocês passam aqui por Fortaleza? Ah! Vieram na Copa do Mundo? Não… essa vez não conta — a gente estava viajando. Quero agendar!

  3. Ei! Sumiu meu comentário e percebi que nem assinei 🙂
    Henrique
    bjos!!!

    E agora que eu descobri que esse negócio é moderado: vocês encontraram a Fabi? Uau! Eu sempre achei que ela tinha virado um personagem de web-fiction. (hehehe)

  4. Very cool Alex! Surely many more friendships will be made and rekindled. Hope to see you at some point. If your in the Northeast USA (NYC & CT area) next July we will be there!

  5. Oi Amigos,

    Estamos com saudades! Bom ver vcs nas fotos!
    E o Kiko que faz um tempão que não vemos também
    Bjs
    Familia Ribeiro Diaz

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