We are excited to report that there is a story about us in the March 09 edition of the print version of Passagemaker Magazine. We haven’t seen it yet and have no idea what it says, but we are told that it is a 10-page piece, that there is a tickler about our story on the cover, Kosmos is pictured in the table of contents, and the list of our pre-trip education is on their Internet site. So, it sounds like we have gotten some substantial coverage. Those of you who have a subscription should be getting it in the mail any day now, and it should hit the stands soon.
This morning we awoke to clear blue skies and no wind. The marina was flat. Wow. The forecast said heavy rain all day. What happened? Since we had an extra day to kill and nice weather, we called the Segway place to see if they could squeeze us in for today. We made an appointment for 1130. Yay! It was such a gorgeous day that we Continue reading Segway Tour of Palma
This morning the wind had pretty much died and the marina was, for the most part, calm. Praise the Lord! We slept great and woke up full of energy, determined to get a lot done to make up for all the wasted days last week when we were too lethargic from the rocking to do much. It was ominously gray and cloudy all day, but it never really rained.
Eric set out to find a gasket and shaft packing tool. He went to two chandleries. The second chandlery sent him to a machine shop to have a gasket made. Eric arrived at the shop holding his home made gasket and the leftover gasket material we had gotten in Greece. The machine shop guys dropped what they were doing to make a gasket for him right then and there. And they only charged him $12 USD! Eric gave them Continue reading More Chores in Palma
Last night the marina wasn’t nearly as rocky as it has been. Yes, we were moving, but we felt like we were in an anchorage, not at sea. The lines weren’t making the horrific noises. So, we actually slept soundly and woke up feeling rested. We had planned to take the old train to the other side of the island today if the weather was nice. We were so happy to see that the sky was blue and the wind was relatively light. Awesome! We were taking a train ride.
We took the downtown bus to the train station, which is across the street from the main town square, and got tickets. We had about 45 minutes to kill, so we found a restaurant that serves breakfast nearby. We now consider breakfast a high luxury, and are always excited to find it. Actually, in Mallorca we have seen quite a few places advertise breakfast.
The train takes you from Palma due north to a town called Soller, which is about halfway along the northwest coast of the island. The line started in 1912, and the brochure gives the impression they are still using the same trains as back then. They are electric.
We noticed that Continue reading The Train to Soller
We awoke to more heavy wind and rain. It was unbearably rocky. If we were in an anchorage, we’d for sure have the paravanes out. Since we didn’t get our chores done on the days the technicians came, we had allotted this morning as a chore day. We were overwhelmingly lethargic from the rocking in the marina, and we knew our standard chores would require considerable more effort today. That made us kind of grouchy. Strike One.
Normally, we don’t send our laundry out to be done. Christi likes to Continue reading Chore Day in Mallorca