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2 days hike in Gronberget (Spitsbergen)

aaaaa, yeah! this is life!!!

trust me – you will never feel such freedome, unless you really leave your comfort zone and let yourself “fly”. Risky but always at the end of a day really amazing!

This is like a positive flow, never ending “winning the lottery”.

If you are open minded and meet people, look for new friends, than suddenly you get to know the best team you ever dreamed of. Fully motivated, smiling, passionated polish team, who is planning a 2Β  days hike and is willing to take you spontaniousily with πŸ™‚

so of course, not long thinking. quick okΒ  from my Boss πŸ™‚ thanks though πŸ™‚ collecting the equipment and ready steady gooooo.

In 2 days we managed to hike over 40 km. We had the best Guide ever: Kirsy – a Finish Girl, with an outstanding Arctic/Hiking knowledge and an amazing positive attitude. She made recently 30 days of a skiing trip in Spitsbergen. 30 days in -30 up to -15 degrees sleeping in a tent and in a wild, unfavorable conditions. You can`s simply cut a tree to make a fire as… there are no trees here.

But, back to our hike… 2 days, 1 night and over 40 km in a wild wild north πŸ™‚ team of 6 people, 2 adorable dogs and 3 tents πŸ™‚

it was not an easy hike, preety steep climb with a 12kg backpack, rifle and most of the way in a snowshoes. But we made it. Exhauset but extremely happy.

 

 

soon starting another Atlantic Crossing

Wow, time flies and it is already a year since we have crossed the Atlantic Ocean for the first time…

Now time to do itΒ  once again (actually already a third time πŸ™‚

We are startingΒ  from Las Palmas in Gran Canaria and estimate 20 days until reaching Martinique. Hopefully this year we have time to explore Barbadoss πŸ™‚

Check out how it was last year and wish us luck πŸ™‚

President John F Kennedy

“It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came.”

– President John F Kennedy
1962 America’s Cup dinner

 

advanced First Aid – Ratownik

I am so excited.

Although last weeks were extremely busy with plenty of unexpected changes I managed to fit a very interessting advanced First Aid training into my schedule.

It is a great added value for anyone and for us unimaginable sense of safety. We are very often out of civilization in a high seas or in a jungle and basically we can only count on ourselves. This training lasts 6 days and makes you aware how to help people in case of variouse accidents.

Very useful, informative with a great sense of humor.

Thanks to our outstanding Trainer Arek πŸ™‚

I still hope, I won`t need those skills.

 

Atlantic Crossing from BVI to Azores

Survived!!!!

AGAIN we have crossed the Atlantic Ocean πŸ™‚ this time in 19 days from British Virgin Islands to Azores. We made 2480nM and it was a bit more challanging then a previouse one. All safe and good.

Now sightseeing the Azores πŸ™‚ simply lovely… we just miss some Caribbean sun…

Please say hello to our new friend: Cool Whale, who was flirting with our pretty Beneteau 50 πŸ™‚

Diving RMS Rhone (BVI) – Sailing PILIGRIM

This cruise is simply lovely. So chilled out, slow motion, full of sun, very short distances, beautiful spots, best skipper :p and last but not least: diving.

We decided to dive to the wreck of RMS Rhone near Salt Island. This year is the 150th anniversary when this British steamer was overhelmed in a tremendous hurricane. All passengers were send under deck to fasten the seat belt and the crew was fighting against the weather. They were motoring up to the limit to avoid crashing on the reef. Due to extremely high temperature of the engine and cold waves washing the deck the steamer simply exploded and started to sink. Over 200 passengers died in this tragedy. Whole crew of 22 man and only 1 passenger survived and were rescued by the inhabitants of the Salt Island.

We went up to 23 meters and swam through the bow of the wrack. Wrack is already pretty rusted but still makes a big impression. Current was very strong, but visibility still good. As Jasiek is a Dive Master and we made a warm up dive a day before I felt very safe and comfortable even in those conditions.

Below photos are from the warm up dive and the lovely video from the wreck:

 

Next dive planned for tomorrow πŸ™‚