30 Sep

It’s a bit of a thrill to tell people about our trip.  Most of the time, we just blurt it out and watch the reaction settle in: “We’re going to sail across the Pacific next year. No, really. We sold our house and bought a boat in Mexico.” And then we generally just grin cheekily, because even we still haven’t got used to the overall audacity of the plan. Usually we’re then showered with questions relating to the type of boat or the passage plan or how we plan to survive at sea for so long without driving each other nuts. And we also attract a fair share of envy, which is completely understandable.

But the other day I had one of the most sublime reactions. Ever.

I was in a little shop in the Midlands with a generally horrendous selection of bric-a-brac. Jenna May and I were teasing each other about the merchandise. I avoided her suggestion that I purchase a plastic silver giraffe print handbag* by pleading the importance of saving for the cruise fund. To which the Woman In Behind The Counter enquired” “The what?”

Saartjie: We’re going to sail across the Pacific next year. No, really. We sold our house and bought a boat in Mexico.

Woman Behind The Counter: Canada has just introduced a new tax. 15% across the board. Their citizens are most upset about it.

S: … ?

WBTC: And Canada is always the first country to help out if there’s an international environmental crisis. It just isn’t fair that they should have to pay such a tax. It’s one of the highest taxed countries in the world, you know?

We fled that shop as fast as we could!

*Even if that sounds cool, it was not. ok?


3 Responses to “ok…”

  1. Livia 1 October 2010 at 10:27 pm #

    That sounds like a pretty fantastic plan to me 🙂 See you in Mexico next summer?

    • Livia 4 October 2010 at 4:39 pm #

      Oh bummer, well, look for the two Laurens aboard Piko (a sister ship of ours). They are already in SF and doing the Baja HaHa this year.

      • stofnsara 5 October 2010 at 10:36 am #

        Yay! I certainly will.

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