It’s now been 4 days since we arrived in Malta. My head still feels foggy and I’m confused as to what day and time it is. Our adventure from Gibraltar to Malta was crazy – dolphins, storms, stops in Africa (Algeria and Tunisa), sea sickness, Scottish dancing lessons and more… Read about it: Our first sailing adventure
What a whirlwind!
Last month I was living in a flat in Gosport, England hoping to see the sun and now I’m seeking shade in my boat saloon while moored up in a marina in Malta. After 16 years of life in England and 23 years growing up in the States (on land), I’m now living on a floating palace. What a change. See a quick video below of where we are…
Part of me keeps asking, ‘what the heck happened? How did we get here?’ The other part of me remembers the stress, all the organizing we had to do, the many lists of ‘to-do’s’ and the constant juggling act that enabled us to sell up and sail away. Gosh – that’s such a world away from where I am now.
How do I feel?
A bit numb. I just can’t believe that it’s happened and that it’s happening. We’re finally living our dream. It’s surreal. I’m floating around as if my body is next to me rather a part of me. And I’m often rocking in my chair on land replicating the rock of the boat – what’s up with that?!
Since arriving in Malta we’ve enjoyed taking showers, eating loads of great food, going for walks, sight-seeing, contacting family over email and Skype, meeting new friends, doing loads of laundry and cleaning/better organizing the boat.
I’m sleeping like a log and it seems as if everyone else is too
The marina is well protected so we barely move at all. This morning I woke to some pitter-patter of rain and it sounded so calming. Fortunate for us, Sienna slept in and we all emerged around 9am. Usually we’re up and playing games by 7am so the sleep-in was such a treat.
At 10am two reporters from the Malta Times came aboard to meet and interview us. We all regretted sleeping in – the Times brought a camera and video recorder. I had to apologize for my greasy hair! Oh well, as I keep saying, ‘no one knows me in Malta! They don’t know if I look greasy all the time.’ Hehehehe (See the finished article below)
After the reporters asked me several questions, my cousin and I were able to chat to them about Malta history, places to visit and a variety of interesting facts. Simon was entertaining Sienna in the back cabin and us two girls got some great information. The reporters were both Maltese so it was fantastic to hear the enthusiasm and energy they had while discussing their own country. When I do a write-up about my thoughts on Malta I’ll include our findings. I’ve started a blog all about Malta – I’m not sure if anyone will be interested in my travel/sight-seeing thoughts but I’ll put it out there and see what happens…(stay tuned).
My routine…errrrr….what’s that?
While getting photographed, one of the lovely reporters asked me if we had any sort of routine yet. My response was a definite ‘no’. Every day is totally different – we’re just going with the flow. Some days we clean, do laundry, connect with family back home and other days we hop on a bus and find an ancient city or enjoy the local cuisine for lunch or dinner.
For Sienna’s sake, however, I feel the need to come up with some sort of schedule. In the mornings she’s so full of energy and constantly wants to play. I’ve been discussing with Simon and Loryn about having some sort of routine. Perhaps breakfast, get dressed and then an hour of play time with educational books or reading. Thereafter, we can go out for a walk, sight-seeing or on some sort of a mission. We’ll see how that goes.
So that’s my update for now. We’re loving Malta so much that I think we’re going to stay longer than first estimated. To see the interview of me on the Malta Times website, view it here: Times of Malta Story
Check out my next entry that has been written by one of our best crew members:I’m honoured to introduce Loryn Bennett – Britican’s Chef