1500 miles of storms, rocky seas and cacao

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SHIP DIARY 

Day 0 – 15.11.2017

It’s still dark when we ignite the generator and the port engine. Then we tie the ropes to the dock amidst the playful color nuances of the dawn. Finally we slip off the port quietly… as real pirates. Here one is allowed to navigate the narrow coral sea pathways of Ponapei only in the day but we were late to do so yesterday so this was the only way to leave without the need to go trough the slow procedure of the immigration again. Continue reading

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4 amazing things to do in Vietnam

What was once a war-torn country has evolved into a unique tourist hotspot that’s bursting with life and culture. Vietnam truly does deserve a spot on your travel bucket list as the amazing country has so much to offer. Beautiful landscapes are everywhere, and the country’s rich history and culture can be explored through its various museums and ancient landmarks. Many other people are starting to recognize Vietnam for the wonderful country it is – it’s seen a tourism growth of 32.1% in recent years, making it one of the top five fastest growing tourist destinations worldwide. If you’re planning on taking a trip to Vietnam, here are four amazing things you can do during the trip:

1. Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels

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Micronesia – the mysteries of a vanished civilization and living with sharks at an atoll

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20.10.2017

After sailing for twelve days in amethyst colored waters and crossing 1200 nautical miles (around 2200 km) we see the silhouette of an unreal island. The water glitters in the morning sun. A chain of sharpened green mountains, covered in equatorial flora, floats before our eyes like a mirage. We have finally reached our first destination – Kosrae Island, Federated States of Micronesia – a small piece of land long 15-20 km, situated in the middle of nowhere. Continue reading

Going back to the north hemisphere with a bottle of rum (a ship dairy)

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SHIP DIARY

… A retrospection of the previous post (08.10) as seen by Mr. Shushtari

Day 0 –  08.10.2017 (Sunday)

Today is time to leave the amazing Vanuatu. All living in the mission are dressed formally and the girls have beautiful flowers in their hair. It is Sunday, time to go to church, so no one is working, people visit each other and walk around the town. We on the other side are quite busy with laundering, packing and helping Father Berry to dismount his chainsaw.

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Living in paradise and final arrangements before the Big Sailing North

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11.09.2017

It is time now to leave Melip on Malekula Island. For the last two days Tom, Alejo and Mr. Shushtari scrape the bottom of Alabama, diving underneath it, and now the yacht is ready to glide smoothly to the far South Korea.

We gather the crew, which is scattered around the island and bid a farewell party with baked corn in order to say a proper good-bye to our local new friends. Continue reading

Prophets, canoes, villains and other surprises on Malekula Island

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30.08.2017

In the morning the yacht “Alabama” is anchored in the bay of the central town called Litzlitz at the north side of Malekula. Malekula is one of the several big islands of the country Vanuatu and is popular with its myriad tribes, cultures and languages. Cannibalism and inter-tribal wars have been really vicious in the past of the island. The sub-culture of this land is still preserved and there are almost no tourists. Continue reading