Searching for a Sailboat

Still sailing to Vancouver, we should be arriving tomorrow, August 16th, around 17.00. Today was a busy day as the more I crossed things off my to-do list, the more things seemed to appear. Reflecting on these last eight days of sailing, I find it weird to be onboard without guests. However, I am grateful for the opportunity to count inventory and clean in peace. There is still a lot of administrative work to be done as there are still issues with our MXP system, and I have begun to write my handover for my parallel, who will take over when I disembark next month. I honestly can’t believe I have been here for two months already. Time is flying. A month left is nothing. My first contract was four and a half months and seeing that it was the Antarctic season for most of it, we just went back and forth from Ushuaia to the Antarctica peninsula. After a while, it begins to feel like groundhogs days, and no matter how cute penguins are, you are just praying for it to end. But our first and last voyages were much longer and included South Georgia and the Falklands, which helps to bookmark the start and end of a contract.

Now with only twenty-nine days left, we still aren’t having any luck finding a boat, but I have faith that something will come up. However, it is always good to have a backup plan, so I have started to look at Airbnb’s in the area, and they seem very promising. Thankful we have reached out to the company’s Agent, who has connected us with a local, and though we haven’t heard back in a few days, I feel something will pull through. Though I do realize that could be naive wishful thinking. This situation reminds me that traveling is never easy, and things don’t always go as planned. But with travel, there are also beautiful surprises, and it is worth taking the risk.

I am also very excited to have the opportunity to go out in Vancouver as I have never been before. I have a good friend I met in Florence when we were studying aboard, and she has given me a list of places to go check out. I plan to mostly stick to hiking and walking around as we are still restricted from entering crowded areas and restaurants because we fear we might bring Covid back onboard with us. Even with a mask, you can’t be too sure, and having had Covid onboard before; it isn’t an experience any of us wants to repeat. I am thankful I have yet to have it and hope it stays that way. If you have a positive result while in Canada, you would be quarantined in your cabin for ten days compared to the U.S., which is only five days. Either way, being stuck in your room for any amount of days on a ship will result in cabin fever.

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