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Keeping holidays: and island style Easter

A future cruiser had asked recently about celebrating holidays after you’ve left behind the familiar traditions at home. Was it good to plan ahead and bring packages with those unique specialties that are in tune with memories of how you usually celebrate? Mairen hunting for Easter eggs – Moreton Island, Australia We’ve had the chance […]


Australia Day!

Somewhere a little past midsummer is a good time for national holidays, right? And there’s often a good historical date cooperating to line up with good weather. Niall on the M/V Furthur, waving a flag to celebrate Australia Day in Sydney Harbour, 2011 For Australia, that’s the 26th of January, and the commemorative event is the 1788 […]


Celebrating near the leading edge of the New Year

New Year’s Eve was probably our last night aboard Totem in Sydney Harbour. We’re heading north to Brisbane now, but couldn’t miss out on what must be one of the world’s most stunning fireworks displays. Experience told us to arrive a day early, so we staked out our prime spot in a rapidly filling anchorage […]


Merry Christmas from the Totem crew!

What a week full of ChristmaHanuSolstiZaa! Perhaps feels more sensible now that Aussies call this “The Silly Season”? I think I’m a fan of Festivus. We’re keeping it low key on Totem, but there’s no getting around how the decorations put us in a holiday mood. I think this tinsel dates back to Mazatlan 2008- hopefully we […]


Halloween in Sydney

2008 – Malibu, California2009 – Santa Rosalia , Mexico2010 – Noumea, New Caledonia …and now, 2011: Sydney, Australia.It feels a little odd to be in warm and sunny weather for Halloween Four years, four different countries for our family on Halloween. Every place we’ve been does it a little differently. Here in Australia, the holiday is […]


Settling in to a place, but not a routine…yet.

We found a sweet little marina in Sydney’s Middle Harbour. OK, so we didn’t exactly find it on our own- our friends on Quartermoon had recommended it back in French Polynesia. Long time Sydney residents, they said it was the best place to be for cruisers, and one of the few (only?) marinas in the […]


Ho-ho-holidays on Totem

Christmas feels very different here. First, the obvious. Even though we’ve had a couple of years to get used to “tropical” climate Christmas, it still feels strange. Our higher-latitude, northern hemisphere rooted brains just think that cold weather (and maybe even a little snow) are part of the essential holiday package. Here, though, Santa gets […]


Halloween in New Caledonia

Amazing what you can do with sunscreen and green food coloring. We keep finding more silver linings to our present situation: waiting in New Caledonia for a good window for our passage to Australia. Sure, it’s frustrating- we expected to be there by now, settling into a “home” marina in Cammeray… checking out the nieghborhood… […]



We’ve longed for friends & family to visit, to share the beauty of Mexico and a peek into our nomadic life. Our wishes were answered in a big way this past week! First were our old neighbors from Bainbridge Island. Although Jocelyn and I are SURE we were on a soccer field in Jakarta together […]


things I’m loving… again!

A mellow, peaceful Thanksgiving with friends… and so many reasons to be grateful! Jamie, me, and Jesse (s/v Francis Lee) Brad & PJ

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