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Loano, we’re coooooming !

Saturday today and we’re on our way to Loano *yeah*

Next week we’ll spend on board Luna Azzurra and hopefully will manage to shorten our to-do list 😅

That’s

  • Replacing the radar (we’re still discussing who will be the lucky one, hanging on the mast. Hopefully not me, because, unfortunately, I’m afraid of heights. I know, I know, not very practical with a sailing boat… 🤣)
  • FINALLY remove the bench between galley and salon and mount the cupboard 
  • Fix the anchor chain counter, and get it working (counting the meters)
  • Filling up our water storage under the bench (preparing for our summer vacation)
  • And bits and pieces (which will be a lot again, I’m afraid 🙄)

Well, mostly we’ll enjoy being on our beautiful yacht. With or without work. We’ll make sure to have some spare time for the odd beer or glass of wine 😉

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So long and be good!

Eventually Convinced

Originally, my idea was to buy “normal” bikes – foldable of course since we’ll have them on board.

Being on a boat usually means you won’t get much movement. So, by having an ordinary bike, we would get the exercise we would lack, while exploring the surroundings on land (or simply go grocery shopping).

Well, Patrik wasn’t veeeeery enthusiastic about my thoughts and tried to convince me otherwise, whenever we discussed this topic. In the end he just ordered an e-bike and so I saw myself a tiny little bit forced to buy one as well. 

I mean, imagine this: Say we are in Corsica – which is hilly, it’s 37 deg. C, sunshine and Patrik sitting on his e-bike, cycling easily and smiling uphill. Now I’m coming with my non-e-bike, puffing, sweating, red-faced…. 🥵 Until I would finally reach Patrik, the break is over, and we continue our adventure. Not very tantalizing I must admit 🙄

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In the end I gave in and ordered my own one on May 02nd. The delivery was scheduled for the day after. Only that it never arrived, although the tracking said the parcel was delivered. Was it karma? 🤨

After contacting the company and explaining the situation, they checked and decided the parcel must have been lost somewhere during the transport. They would send me a new one immediately!

WOW, what a customer support! And so I received my e-bike on Wednesday, and it looks very nice. It’s also easy to handle (important for me). Is that karma???

However, time will show if both bikes were worth the money and if the promises can be kept! 

We’ll definitely keep you updated 😎

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Pictures of Patrik’s electric bike above.

It’s Time to Empty The Tanks

Today Patrik and I post a theme which is a special heartfelt wish to us.

The 07th of May marks the 10th anniversary of the Empty The Tanks Worldwide Event. It’s a global call to action to end the dolphin and whale captivity and pressure the marine park industry to stop using animas for entertainment.

So undoubtedly, we wanted to be a part of this movement!

The pandemic showed us that being locked up is no way to live, but for these captive animals the confinement never ends. 

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They are endlessly suffering in artificial tanks, most of them heavily traumatized from the capture, many had to witness the brutal slaughter of their family members.

So how can you help?

Wherever you are in the world, you can join the Empty the Tanks movement. Use the official event map to find an event near you and stand with others against cetacean captivity.

You can also do your part from home on May 07th. Create a poster or download one from the Empty The Tanks site, take a selfie and upload on social media, using the hashtags #SelfieForCetaceans and #EmpthyTheTanks.

Luckily, in 2012 the Swiss Parliament decided on an import ban for cetaceans, after eight dolphins had died within three years in the last existing dolphinarium called Conny-Land. In 2013 it finally closed, and the remaining two dolphins were sent to a sanctuary in Jamaica. 

Therefore, Patrik and I participate on social media and we’re happy about this fact!

the official event map

We certainly hope that many people join the cause, and that these degrading dolphin shows soon will belong to the past!

Create a poster or download one from the Empty The Tanks site

And never forget: The facial expression of a dolphin is their doom – they keep “smiling”, even when being tortured.

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Älper One-Pot, Vegan 

This is a traditional Swiss meal (well, not the vegan version though… *haha*). 

Typically, it’s cooked in central Switzerland and the Alps. In some cantons it’s accompanied with salad, in others apple puree is served instead.

Either way, it’s a delicious dish and this is my first attempt to do it as a one-pot and vegan version. 

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It serves 2-3.

Patrik and I unanimously agreed that the result turned out to be absolutely tasty 👍

This are the ingredients & how to prepare it:

200g Potatoes, waxy peel and cut into 1cm dices

1 Applecut into 1cm dices

3 Onions fine rings

300gPasta (f.ex. penne)

2.5dl Vegan Cream

6dlVeggie Bouillon

2dl Vegan Cheese grated

Salt, Pepper

Put pasta, apple, onion rings and potatoes together with the cream, bouillon in a wide pot, stir, bring to the boil.

Lower the temperature and let it simmer under a lock at medium heat, for about 8-10 minutes. Until pasta is al dente.

Mix cheese, stir and serve immediately!

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Enjoy it with a glass of white or red wine – whatever suits you 🍷🍾

 

Pasqua

Did you all have a pleasant Easter weekend? We certainly hoppy so 🐰🌷🐥

Naturally, we spent the days in Bella Italia, on our sailing yacht. The weather supposed to be sunny during the whole weekend, though windy with some nasty gusts in between. Temps were promised around 18-22 deg. C. Well, good enough for us 🌞

Since we haven’t seen Luna Azzurra for such a long time, Patrik and I took two extra days off and left already on Wednesday, early morning. Two o’clock in the afternoon we arrived at the marina and got settled quite soon.

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Then we went to a nearby grocery shop to buy a few veggies and salad.

We spent the evening on board and had an early night, tired but happy! 😴

The highlight was on Thursday, because my parents arrived in the evening at the Loano train station!

After two attempts – due to the pandemic – they finally made it!

Of course, Patrik and I picked them up (the train arrived 18.25, twenty minutes delayed…. No surprise there 😉) and drove them to their hotel “Excelsior”, which is only a few minutes by foot from the marina.

An hour later I picked them up again and we went to our boat for a quick introduction. At eight o’clock was our table booked at the restaurant “Sacripante Osteria“. Patrik and I went there during lunch time and booked a table. I “warned” them then that I’m vegan but apparently it wasn’t a problem….

…..which they proved a hundred times worth  in the evening! We all agreed that this restaurant offers an outstanding service, excellent dishes and is hosted by incredibly amiable staff! It’s not cheap, but certainly worth every cent we’ve spent there! This surely won’t be our last visit ❤

Afterwards my parents were tired and went back to the hotel, while Patrik and I returned to Luna Azzurra. Our plan was to sail out the next day. My dad hat to prove that he was seaworthy 🤢

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A sunny Good Friday morning greeted us. No more gusts, but sadly the wind was a bit chilly. 

Nevertheless, at 10 o’clock my parents arrived in good spirits and half an hour later we were on our way out. Filling up the diesel tank first (surprisingly only  EUR 1.93/l) and off we went, towards Punta Crena. 

Unfortunately, we only had between 3 and 5 knots and after a sad attempt to hoist the mainsail, we soon gave up again and motored to our anchor spot. 

After we were safely anchored, we prepared some lunch and enjoyed the sunshine and the view. 

Around 15.30 we were ready to leave and returned to the marina. My dad didn’t become seasick, by the way, a true seaman ⚓ My mum knew that she is a mermaid, so she didn’t have to worry 🧜‍♀️!

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Happy Easter🐣!

We Wish you All A Wonderful Easter! 

🐥🌷🐰🌞

 

Avoiding Plastic – It Continues

We extended our efforts to avoid plastic in our little two-person household.

A while ago I spotted these kitchen sponges and dishcloth.

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As you may recognize, the scrubbing sponges are made of luffa, which is a genus of tropical and subtropical vines in the cucumber family. Surprisingly, they really are effective and remove burnt food residues without scratching the surfaces.

You can even wash them several times at 60°C and when they are used up, you just throw them on your compost.

The green dishcloth is made of cotton and cellulose, which means they too are 100% biodegradable and compost friendly. Of course, they can also be washed at 60°C.

In order to find an alternative to the dishwasher detergent in plastic bottles, I finally found these super practical and palm oil free soaps. And they do their job, let me assure you.

Not only are they fat dissolving and have a fresh lemon fragrant, but they actually produce a nice foam!

Patrik and I have tested all these products for a while now and we both can confirm that we are totally satisfied.

With regard to being on a boat, sustainable cleaning products are even more important, since there is no sewage treatment plant, between your cleaning and the sea!

And of course, on board – with limited space – you want to avoid waste, as much as possible ⛵

By the way, on www.etsy.com one can find a good selection of sustainable cleaning accessories!

While I wrote this post, I was also on the Etsy page and in my opinion the “GreenHugShop” might be worth to try 😉

Well, I guess Patrik and I found a good solution after a long search, even if it seems like a drop in the ocean – for the oceans 🐬🐠🐋🦑

Stop the Bloodbath

http://stopthebloodbath.afd.org.au/petition

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