More on Projects

Well, I’m sorry to linger on the subject, but this has been all of my focus lately, getting Pesto ready for the upcoming season. This was again a rather intense week (the one just past). I’m practically done in the engine room, which is excellent. Also on deck only a few jobs remain. I should have tackled them today, but was feeling lazy and allowed myself to indulge into something less physical instead. Browsing the To-Do list, something quickly appealed – to download Nautical Charts.

Populating our off-season To-Do list every year, we normally download refreshes to our existing charts as well as new charts to the areas we are supposed to cruise in the upcoming season.

In the bandwidth-deprived environs that we dwell, this activity often takes a good part of a day. Rather than finding it a drag, I actually look forward to it. Not only does it offer a respite from the otherwise physically-intensive projects on the list, but it is also a rather “romantic” moment. As the data drips slowly through the thin pipes of internet linking these pieces of paradise to the digital world, the charts appear on screen gradually, revealing the places that we may or may not be visiting within a few months time.

Doing the download today brought me a vivid memory of last years’ when, a few days preceding our departure, sitting at a hotel’s lobby in Barra de Navidad, I watched as the French and Polynesian names of the places started to pop up on the screen, of places so far away from us then, the nearest one requiring a non-stop 3,000 mile passage. I was filled with a mix of anxiety and curiosity as I looked at those places, as if it wasn’t really true that we would soon cruise them.

And we did – as vastly documented on this blog !

Today, there is far less anxiety involved. We ARE already here, and most passages this year shall be significantly shorter – between 3 and 6 days each, on average. And with less anxiety, I can enjoy more the curiosity aspect of it. How will the reception be in the Cook Islands, given that Pesto is flagged there? Will we see the whales in Niue? How will the culture be in the kingdom of Tonga? The endless paradisiac islets and bays of Fiji. Will we have the opportunity/ time to cruise Vanuatu? Will New Caledonia be a suitable place for the upcoming off-season?

Downloading and Refreshing our charts today has been a worthwhile warm up exercise, to remind me that these projects will soon end, that they serve a purpose, to get us out there, to fulfill our wanderlust, our plan, to proceed with our Journey.

And now I have less of an excuse to finish up the work on the deck tomorrow 🙂

Have a great week !

Better Together

Borrowing Jack Johnson’s words for today’s post. Enough Said.

Better Together“, Jack Johnson

There’s no combination of words
I could put on the back of a postcard
No song that I could sing
But I can try for your heart
Our dreams,
And they are made out of real things
Like a shoebox of photographs
With sepia-toned loving

Love is the answer.
At least for most of the questions in my heart.
Like: “Why are we here?”, “And where do we go?”,
“And how come it’s so hard?”.
It’s not always easy,
And sometimes life can be deceiving
I’ll tell you one thing:
It’s always better when we’re together

Mmm, it’s always better when we’re together
Yeah, we’ll look at them stars when we’re together
Well, it’s always better when we’re together
Yeah, it’s always better when we’re together

And all of these moments
Just might find their way into my dreams tonight
But I know that they’ll be gone
When the morning light sings and brings new things
For tomorrow night you see that they’ll be gone too
Too many things I have to do

But if all of these dreams
Might find their way into my day-to-day scene
I’d be under the impression
I was somewhere in between
With only two
Just me and you
Not so many things we got to do
Or places we got to be
We’ll sit beneath the mango tree now

Yeah, it’s always better when we’re together
Mmm, we’re somewhere in between together
Well, it’s always better when we’re together
Yeah, it’s always better when we’re together

Mmm, mmm, mmm

I believe in memories
They look so, so pretty when I sleep
Hey now, and when I wake up,
You look so pretty sleeping next to me
But there is not enough time,
And there is no, no song I could sing
And there is no combination of words I could say
But I will still tell you one thing
We’re better together.