In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we are still at the island of Simeulue off the west coast of Sumatra. this sleepy laid back island is as close to a free range farm as you can get! With limited protected anchorages along this coast line, we explore the island by land. We hire a scooter and dodge all the farm animals and their land mines, as we take the hog down some jungle tracks looking for waves. It is pretty easy to make a stranger smile. We have an old surfboard we wish to give away and we head down the beach in search of some grommets to pass it on to. It was actually harder to do then it sounds! But we perceiver and one lucky lad is the proud new owner of a surfboard!!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, some cold hard truth. Relationships ain't easy on a boat. Sailing to super remote places like the islands off of Indonesia requires a solid relationship. We live in a small area of space, are always on top of one another. There is no escape and we are together all the time! How does that affect your relationship? Where do you go if you need to get some space or have an argument. You can't exactly sleep on the couch 2m away from your partner... Or can you?
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we head to the city of Sibolga on the West Coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. We head into this city which is far from a tourist destination and are greeted and followed by many curious kids. With our jobs done, it is back to sea we go on passage north towards the Banyak islands. On passage Bonita cleans out her closet and we are surprised to find the goodies in store! Not So Grotty Yachty anymore!!
Live aboard sailors are often referred to as grotty yachties and therefore in some areas giving us a bad reputation. We are all generally scruffy, our clothes are wrinkled and often smell of wet dog, we are always searching for something and then asking everyone for questions. We are covered in zinc cream, have big wide brim hats on that are firmly fastened under our chins, have sunglasses with a saftey cord around the neck and we drink too much...
Yachting on the other hand is an upper class sophisticated hobby with wine and cheese platters, decked out in karki shorts and polo shirts. They are neat and tidy looking, no facial hair but if there is, it is perfectly trimmed 2 day growth. They never associate with the live aboards and rarely visit the land because the crew have arranged for a steak, caviar and seafood dinner on board every night...
Bonita gets a little confused between the two...
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