We are alone on the boat! (Vlog)

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Here’s a quick video about our 3 weeks outside on the mooring. Rike and Jari are by themselves on the boat and things keep breaking!

Coding Resources for kids

How to help your kids learn coding and programming The search for good learning material just never ends! We are trying more and more to cater to our kids‘ interests Continue Reading →

News from the PONYO crew!!

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We are slowly catching up. This video is about our sail along the Spanish South coast between Alicante and Malaga, voilà!

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 →

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 →

Engine failure on our way to Menorca (Boatnotes Ep.10)

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Sicily and Worldschooling – history alive (Boatnotes Ep. 8)

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New video up!