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The Butterfly Effect

I was busy booking a flight to Europe when the neighbours dinghied over. “Do you want to come with us?” I thought they meant into town. But later that same afternoon I had moved all my earthly belongings one boat over and taken refuge in my new catamarany home; Papillon. Read more…

By Bearfoot Gypsy, ago
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Namibia Beckons

I couldn’t believe that we were finally off! After so many farewells and false starts and restarts; could it actually be that we were truly sailing out of Hout Bay? For good? Morwenna chugged out of the marina and we turned into the wind to set her sails. There wasn’t Read more…

By Bearfoot Gypsy, ago
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Lady in Waiting

Six weeks ago I sat on the beach watching what was meant to be my last Cape Town sunset. Surrounded by so many of my favourite people, my heart yelled at me to stay! Why did I want to drift away from the most beautiful city in the world? From Read more…

By Bearfoot Gypsy, ago
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Home.

The end was in sight.  In just three weeks my circumnavigation would be [more or less] complete.  After 4 awesome [and challenging] years of hitch hiking on other peoples boats across the Indian, the Atlantic, and now the Pacific, I could just about smell the accomplishment. S/V Fiddler. 60 Foot Read more…

By Bearfoot Gypsy, ago
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Turning Bras into Pumpkins

“Are you an African?” “How did you know?”  “You look like one?” “You have met many?” “No. I have never met an African.” I smiled in confusion “But I have read about them.They are good people.” Trying to show my new mates where Africa is… Charles was clearly incredibly wise Read more…

By Bearfoot Gypsy, ago
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Wild People

The world is full of all sorts. It’s curiously viciously grotesquely beautiful. For most of us, we walk around with our eyes half closed and try and maintain the status quo – trying to fit into our surroundings – be just beautiful enough, just successful enough, clean and groomed enough Read more…

By Bearfoot Gypsy, ago
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New Zealand – Held Captive Against my Will

New Zealand, the picturesque setting of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit… a land of beautiful mountains, picturesque waters, crazy adventures and prison…. A 3 year reunion with former yacht-sinking desert-island marooning legend Helenahttp://barefootedgypsy.blogspot.co.nz/2012/08/shipwrecked-marooned-destined-for.html  New Zealand kicked off brilliantly – there were amazing people to catch up with Read more…

By Bearfoot Gypsy, ago