Hey, where's the palm trees? No worries mate, they're on the way. So here we are in Brisbane—still hanging around "Brissie" as the locals like to call it. Still parked at the same Rivergate Marina we've been parked at since November, and oh yeah folks, we are really ready to leave this "brown snake" river and get out of here.
We've had a long off-season spent on maintenance and waiting out the Pacific cyclone season, but it looks as if the launch date is actually visible. Tea has been hard at work cooking up food for the passage to New Caledonia—a sure sign that we're close to departure. Full on provisioning has been underway this week, while Captain Andrea and First Mate Ciccio have been busy making FG ready for sail and Art's been running around pulling in all of the loose ends. Looks like tomorrow we will actually leave the dock and head out for sea trials and an Easter Weekend away from the marina— everyone's super excited about leaving the dock.
People have been asking why I haven't written more posts, and the reason is that I’ve been busy writing books. From the 18th of March, 2016 to February 2017, I've managed to publish three novels, a fact that I still find I have to stop and think about as it seems incredible even to me. I'm currently working on my fourth, so I guess I need to get used to the idea.
Art and I didn't spend the entire five months here. We managed to fly back to Switzerland for some much needed time off the boat. We did some traveling by train to Rome and Genoa. We also spent time in Antigua, which is still fabulous and getting more so by the year. They just opened their brand new airport, and have new resorts going in and several other infrastructure projects in the works; things are happening. One of the cooler things we did was to take in some "snow time" in the Swiss Alps. On the way we drove over the Julier Pass in the canton of Graubünden. I made a short video of the trip—enjoy.
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