Well, that went quickly

We’ve passed the six-month milestone of living in Australia. I’ve been back in the full-time-working-world for almost five of those months. Wow, was fast!

Family portrait
On the bow of Totem – New Year’s Day, Sydney, 2011. Thanks to Hyo for the picture!

What’s the plan now? We never really know, but our intention is to stay here in Australia, refueling the cruising kitty for a spell, and then take off for continued adventures. That translates into at least a year and a half in Oz, but not more than three years (the point at which we have to undergo a costly boat importation, and pay big taxes. no thanks!). Totem is parked in a sweet little marina, bringing with it a neighborhood of fellow liveaboards and cruising folks.

Sunrise in the marina
Home Sweet Marina

Where will we go next? Considering we struggle to find an order of magnitude for the duration of our stay in Australia, you can bet we don’t know the answer to that question either! Some extended exploring of Australia is in order (perhaps some by land yacht).We hear the Louisiades (Papua New Guinea) and Solomon Islands are spectacular, and will probably want to check out the islands in the western Pacific. Niall is infatuated with all things Italian lately, and bent on going to the Mediterranean. When your kid says he wants to explore historical sites in the Med, and you live like we do- it’s impossible to resist. Maybe when we get around to heading towards the Indian Ocean, things will be calmer off the horn of Africa. Or maybe they won’t, giving us an excellent excuse to visit relatives in South Africa instead.

Niall waves the flag
Feelign pretty Aussie for now! Niall waves the flag – deck of M/V Further, Australia Day

Meanwhile, being parked here in Sydney is a pretty big change from our life of the last few years- there is no more easy picking up the anchor and moving to explore new places. We try not to get stir crazy. Helping  our marina neighbors as they get ready to go cruising is both a fun outlet and a way to keep the mutual-aid cruising creed alive. I try not to gush about how we live to co-workers who look at me strangely.

My favorite analogy for this parallel live came from Mairen, who has been tearing through the Harry Potter series. The sort of double life we live as “local cruisers” feels very much to me like we are members of the wizarding world trying to pass as muggles. Cruising, living afloat, being nomads- even if just at heart for now: it’s like we’re in on the plain-view secrets to an amazing way of life, but trying to fit in with normal people who can’t quite fathom it. We’ve had to start wearing shoes regularly, and I will probably even succumb to socks soon (brrr!), but still feel part of a special tribe.

5 Responses

  1. Popped in to visit your blog via Meerkat. What a wonderful life you have and I am envious. My husband and I have done Mexico, New England and the Bahamas but then ran out of money and now have pretty much run out of years….as we are getting up there and the economy has shifted and changed all the long standing rules. So it is fun to read of someone else living the dream and being different from the land people…it is worth it isn’t it? I will bookmark you and keep up with your adventures.

  2. Hi Totem crew!
    Just saw J & M at PAB and caught up with your adventure. Love reading your blog, too.

    We just put S/V Trillium on the hard in Maryland to get ready for the next adventure. I can’t believe we already have 3000 cruising miles under our tethers! Thanks for the encouragement.

    We plan to return to the Caribbean in the fall and then to the Med next spring. Stay in touch and hugs to all.

    Skipperette & Captain Day

  3. Suzie- as you know, it most definitely IS worth it!! It sure helps to have a community to live vicariously though… one that understands when the reality of cruising isn’t in our present. Merlins, what does the future hold? 🙂

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