Over the last couple of years, I have been sailing in the same region and thus calling more or less the same ports over and over again. Whenever I am asked what interesting places I see, I have the disappointing answer that we mostly visit refineries on some desolate rocks in the middle of nowhere or far away from civilisation in an industrial park. But to all rules, there is the exception.
The last year or so, I was not very active on my blog and there was a good reason for that: promotion to Chief Officer. It was a rather big step forward for me and it demanded all my attention leaving not enough time and motivation for writing on the blog. Now, for the first time in many months, the ship has dropped the anchor and has to wait a few days before entering the port. This quiet time – anchoring usually is less stressful than sailing – allows me…read more
Photo: Scenery at the Wandelaar Anchorage awaiting berthing the evening before arrival. Many of my friends live in Switzerland. Living in a landlocked country the whole shipping business is rather mysterious to them and it is therefore also hard for them to imagine me working at sea. As hard as that might be, it is normally even harder for them to come on board an take a look. With any sea at least a day’s travel away! Even for friends and family living in the Netherlands, where we regularly call…read more