This week as my days are filled with grading final papers and interviewing students, it's hard not to let my mind wander back to where I was this week last year: on a sailboat off the coast of Mallorca.
|A view from the hill of the harbor in Palma|
It all started when C's dad's then fiancee signed them up with a sailing adventure club based out of Texas. They had planned this Mallorca sail, and C's dad invited C and a guest along to meet his new fiancee and of course to sail of the coast of a beautiful island.
When we arrived in Palma de Mallorca, we met our sailing group-- about 3 dozen or so, with a fleet of 4 sail boats that we chartered. We were on the crew of the Maha, and if I say so myself, we had the best crew. I had the least amount of sailing experience, having only taken a beginner's class out of Newport beach. Everyone else had a lot of sailing experience, and so it really was a fun way to travel-- we were travel buddies and crew, with everyone participating in the sail. I learned a lot about knot tying and wind, that's for sure!
|Our hotel in Palma.|
|The crew of the Maha|
We sailed around the south side of the island and back, staying in different ports every few nights. It was an amazing way to see the island and to discover some of the smaller, less-touristy towns.
|a map of our sail|
It was to be my first time meeting C's dad, and C's first time meeting his dad's new fiancee, so as you can imagine, there was a lot of nervousness. It's normal enough to feel a bit queasy when meeting a significant other's parents for the first time, but add actual sea sickness to the mix, and a week aboard a 50 foot sail boat with few places to escape to, and you've got what would probably make for a messy situation. Lucky for all of us, everyone got along just fine, and we're all family now.
|Phil, our new buddy from Texas|
|Harnessed to the boat during gale force winds. Safety first, yo!|
I got my sea legs after the first full day, and on days like today I especially miss the feel of the ocean spray in my face, the gentle bobbing of the boat, the final snap you hear as you unfurl the main, and the cold beer and laughs on deck. C and I plan to take to the high seas again, hopefully soon!