Sailing adventure in the Mediterranean Sea!
This adventure was special in many ways…
First – Traveling together with very experienced adventurers, at almost 80 years old
Second – Traveling in a way we never tried before, this time by sailing boat
Third – Going to explore +3000 years old silvermines in Greece
Fourth – This adventure took two hours to plan
One of the best things that happened to me (Lars) was in a ski area in Val D’isere, I was 25 years old and trying to become a ski instructor in France. I was skiing really well and kicking ass, if I can say that about myself. I entered a GS ski race and had the fastest time. But found out that the person who tested the run and set a test time, was faster than me and 50 years old. First I was very disappointed, later I thought that there might be a chance that I can ski this good, when I become 50 years old. And that was a fantastic thought!!
So I have always admired people a lot older than myself for going out there, enjoying life and having adventures!! It just gives me such an lust for life.
That’s why I was very happy to team up with Jean Jacques (69) and Philippe (79), I wanted to get close to these ‘older’ adventures. What is their secret? And how do they stay so young? If you ask them they’ll say: “On the outside I might be old (they are surprised when I showed them a picture of themselves) but on the inside I’m still just 20”… They hardly ever say that I’m too old for this or I wish I was younger; they don’t think about it, they just do it!!
We were very excited about learning to sail a sailing boat, something we might be able to use in the future (…trip around the world, maybe…) To see if we would like it and if we could handle it.
We really loved the sailing part, just using the wind. Unfortunately, because of the long distant that we have planned to sail, we used the engine a lot too. But gliding across the sea, just using the wind and without any noise, was just as fantastic as we had hoped for. And a lot more luxurious then traveling by kayak. Which is both good and not so good. Traveling very simple meant, meeting a lot more people and getting in touch with the locals on our kayak trip. Traveling by boat, you have everything, you stay on the water and talking to the local fisherman to get advice, is not necessary. Also people don’t stand ready with pizza and champagne on the beach when you arrive in a boat. 😉
Beside that we did get seasick in bad conditions and especially Lars was not handling it very well at times. This is a bit of a concern, especially if you have to be many days on the water… But Suzi would just say ¨Get yourself together, are you a sailor or not¨
Our plan for this summer was just going for a week holiday to Greece and explore the mines around Lavrio…but when I had sent a mail to Philippe talking about Greece, he got all fired up and two hours later we…. or he had planned the whole thing.
“Life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you gonna get”