Friends from afar

We are watching weather the whole time we’re in Banda, because our dear friend Hyo is coming to meet us. But she’ll be meeting us at an island on the other side of the Banda Sea, and we have a passage of several days to get there. Luck is with us and we arrive in port at Wangi Wangi literally a couple of hours before her flight lands. Yes, that was a little close!

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She has the best laugh! On Merlin, New Cal., 2010

Hyo is part of our cruising family. She crossed the Pacific with sv IO the same season we did in 2010. Along the way, we shared many anchorages and built some great memories together. IO has since been sold and she’s working and living ashore back in Canada.

We are so excited that  she decided to come spend a few weeks with in Indonesia (the girls even made up “countdown calendars”). It reminds me that one of the real joys of cruising are the fast friendships that form. It stands in stark contrast to our land based life. why is that?

It’s probably easier to meet people, because as fellow boaters far from home, you immediately have a number of things in common. The usual resources and safety nets aren’t necessarily available. Cruisers rely on each other by necessity, which may be why friendships tend to fast-forward. It could also be that paths cross, diverge, and re-cross: so we know we need to make the most of a fleeting moment. We also simply have fewer distractions: we lead lives that are in many ways less cluttered with false priorities, and are able to more readily put time into human relationships.

Whatever the cause, after sharing an anchorage for a few nights we typically know people better than if they’d been our neighbors on land for years. Except with Hyo, it wasn’t an anchorage. It was the freaking Pacific Ocean. We have just a little bit of history.

It is a joyful reunion. We have so much to catch up on: especially, just to be together. Oh, and then there are the goodies… oh my. Chocolate. Courtesy flags (bonus for anyone who can ID the flag on the table!). Cabin fans. And not least: the coveted new TinTins.

Hyo is here!

4 Responses to Friends from afar

  1. Anonymous April 15, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

    Looks like the Union Jack.

    • Behan Gifford April 16, 2013 at 12:27 am #

      that is part of the flag… but not the whole story!

  2. John Sparks April 15, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

    I think it is St. Helena

    • Behan Gifford April 16, 2013 at 12:26 am #

      Dang John, that was fast! Yes, it’s St. Helena. Planning ahead a little with our courtesy flags!

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