New video and quick update

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So, we have been in the Canary Islands for the last six weeks. After arriving at tiny La Graciosa (just North of Lanzarote) we only had one night to anchor in this beautiful spot before we had to be in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to pick up friends. I have been dreaming to go back there ever since but it might be a while until that is going to happen. It’s quite a distance between Las Palmas and there and regarding the prevailing winds the direction is unfavorable. Las Palmas‘ marina is also very cheap but has everything for boat maintenance that one could hope for. The boys enjoy city life, we have internet and I can get some work done as well. The next two weeks we will be exploring the Western Canaries: El Hierro and La Palma (hello place-naming officials of Spain: could you be any less creative?? Las Palmas – the city, La Palma – the island and because that’s not confusing enough they’ve called Mallorca’s capital – you’ve guessed it – La Palma).

The Eastern Canaries (Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Graciosa) are dryer, flatter and have more active volcanism, the Western Canaries are very green, mountainous and their volcanoes haven’t been active for a loooooong time. Together with my parents – who have also visited some weeks ago – we have already visited La Gomera: Paradise!! If those 2 other little islands are anything like Gomera we are definitely in for a fantastic time. Hiking, swimming, snorkeling, diving, anchoring (well, in La Palma not so much – it’s the steepest island on the planet!!)…

However, this is our latest video about our big engine operation in December/January. With so much boat school to do, boat chores, my job and the daily madness of just getting organized and fed there’s not much time for video editing. And footage organization. No one likes footage organization, bäääääh. But the next two videos are in the making so bear I mean – bare with us!!

Cruising Morocco? Do it, you’ll love it!

So we sailed from Tanger to Rabat, the trip was nice, something around 30 hours and good wind half of the trip. Rabat is a little tricky to get in, Continue Reading →

Read this before renting a car online (through a portal)!

Since we are traveling by boat and there is four of us, renting a car to get to inland destinations makes sense. We like public transport a lot but the Continue Reading →

How to take your kids out of school if you are German!

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For Germans it can be difficult to get their children out of school to go traveling as the German school system demands kids to be present at school and homeschooling is illegal. That’s why we get many questions, from Germans especially, about how we do it, what’s with school, do we get child allowance etc.

So I made a short explanatory video (in German) about how we managed and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us!

Sardinia to Africa

And we are sailing again! So our engine broke down and we had to exchange it for a new one, remember? Those almost 3 months between beginning of November and Continue Reading →

New video: Escape to Italy part I (Boatnotes Ep. 11)

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Since being stuck on the boat without moving anywhere for so long wasn’t helping board moral we decided to jump on the next plane and go to mainland Italy.

5 tips for happy travel with teens

Traveling with teens – are we crazy?! We have always been traveling with kids. First as single parents, respectively, and after Ric and I had met, together as a family. Our Continue Reading →

Next chapter, finally!

After 4 weeks in Carloforte, desperately trying to organize a new engine, we could finally take the next step and move to the shipyard where the engine is going to Continue Reading →

The new engine. Dramedy in 3 acts.

Only 3 weeks after we came back to Sardinia and a mere 2 1/2 weeks after we decided to get a new engine, things are moving and we are thrilled! Continue Reading →