We are now in Luperon, on the Northen coast of Dominican Republic. We stopped a few days in Samana, participated in a regatta with our oldy, slowy Sakya, went to Los Haitises national park where we stayed alone in the mangrove and walked in the forest, and went to see whales jump and play around in the Samana bay.
We went to Dominica island, a very authentic Caribean island, with its wild jungles, small plantations mixing a bit of cacao, coffee and aromatic herbs, and fishermen.
We are now leaving for Dominican Republic, and a new portrait about the Guadeloupe carnival is on its way ! See you then !
After 19 days at sea crossing the Atlantic ocean, we spent 3 weeks around Guadeloupe, the rural Marie Galante, and the beautiful Saintes islands, sailing, eating fish accras, tasting rum, and repairing the boat. Quite a nice time after a long sailing journey !
We spent one incredible week in Mindelo and around, on Sao Vicente island, Cape Verde. Meeting with fishermen and musicians (that’s easy, everyone is somehow fisherman and musician), walking in the nothingness under the sun, eating fish… Beautiful island with beautiful people who are very open to the world, and very often who travelled around the world as cooks or sailors and came back, because there’s nothing comparable with Cape Verdean culture.
Here is a little video of what’s sometimes happening under our boat while sailing.
We spent two weeks on La Palma in the Canaries islands, hiking in the volcano, sleeping in the caldera and visiting Santa Cruz. Arriving near La Palma, a huge wind rose, tearing our genoa. So we had to send it to the closest sail repair workshop, on Tenerife island, wait for it to be repaired, sail to Tenerife and get our sail back. This made us late on our plans, and having to be mid-February in Cuba to meet friends, we had to cancel our trip to Senegal, sadly. But Sakya’s back up ready to cross oceans !
We left Britany on November 11th, on our way to A Coruña, Spain. Crossing the Gascogne gulf, we were expecting the wind to turn North, but it decided to keep South-West, which was our direction. So we had to “zigzag” North and South, and probably sailed twice the distance in straight line ! We had storm during a few days, large waves coming into the boat… But we safely and happily arrived in A Coruña ! After a few days of having copas y tapas and boat reparations and cleaning, we left for Portugal. We are now in Lisboa, a beautiful city with charm. We met Fado musicians and a new portrait is on its way.
Sakya is the name of our sailboat. Right here on this page, any time, you can see where we are, with our regular gps signal.
On our way to Dharamsala, where we saw a show of folk dances, songs and tales at Tibet World and interviewed its Director Yeshi Lhundup, we took some time to explore the Thar desert around Jaisalmer, India. We rent a moto and explored the small roads in the desert. Stopping in little villages to ask for water, we met wonderful people and a boy very interested in learning photography. From the Khuri village, we went to the Tala community of shepherds and spent some time in this beautiful and very arid area.