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October 11, 2012 / Nautical Mom

End of Verano (Summer)

After spending 3 months in Puerto Rico, I should be writing this entire entry in Spanish. The kids might be able to: They’ve been doing lots of Rosetta Stone and are now starting to speak a little Spanish in public. Simple stuff, but we’re proud. For those of you who remember, we had said we wouldn’t return home until they could speak Spanish. However, that does not mean the inverse is true.

In fact, now that they are comfortable with the language we are heading to South America! What? Did I just say that?! Not sure when exactly we made that decision, but we have. Part of it was contingent on the quality of the Calvert Homeschool materials I’d received (which are truly exceptional), the condition of Sinan when we took her out of the water (excellent as per previous post), the health and welfare of loved ones, and the balance in the piggy bank. 3 out of 4 ain’t bad, so we push on.

What a strange summer it has been. We thought we’d be travelling all over, going to Dominican Republic, etc. etc. In truth, we’ve been mostly touring Sam’s, Walmart, and West Marine. Ok maybe that’s a little too self-depricating. We wound up staying in Puerto Rico for a whole host of reasons, one of which was the easily accessed retail stores. Palmas (palmasdelmar.com) is really a comfortable place and we’ve made such good friends, it’s easy to stay.             
There have been the crew from one of the megayachts (Gunner, Jerry and Kasha) and our dear friend Dodd from AK, Jim and Marlene, also crusers, Chris and Maggie (Capt and Mate on another megayacht) and Lauren, who is pregnant and hubby Ken (Capt and Mate), super-fit David on his Catamaran, and Cindy and John – cruisers headed for Panama. We all get along and enjoy meals together about once a week. They love the kids and enjoy Brooke, so it is all good. Best of all are our friends Brennen and Nadia, with their kids Seth (9), Caleb (6) and Althea (3). They live on the most gorgeously fitted out 1980s ketch and captain a power boat.
Jason and Seth have been inseperable this whole summer. Read his blog for more on that. I will tell you though, they did manage to get themselves grounded by the marina staff for throwing toilet paper bombs at the bathroom ceiling and other general mischief. Gigi mostly enjoys playing big sister to Althea. Gigi has made a wonderful photo book of Jason and Seth. http://share.shutterfly.com/share/received/welcome.sfly?fid=b0b83cc1f55e7333&sid=2IYt2TFs4YuQg

We went on the Bacardi tour Monday. It was eye-opening to learn that the 5th and 6th generations still privately own the company. Oh, Bacardi, Grey Goose, Dewers, and a few other brands round out their portfolio of liquor holdings. Wow! I wonder, do they ever suffer pangs of conscience over their collective contribution to alcoholism? For us, it was a bit uncomfortable with the bombardment by Bacardi media on the children. Who knows what effect it will have, but it must’ve penetrated our subconscious– we left with three liters. Contrite with post-purchase remorse, I’m making rum and lime chicken for 22 people tonight.

Meanwhile, check out my article in WindCheck.  http://www.windcheckmagazine.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1517:chartering-with-children&catid=82:cruising&Itemid=404

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  1. Enchanted Seashells / Oct 11 2012 7:45 pm

    Hey, coincidence! The capt just got back from PR a couple days ago-you guys could have met, although he had only about 2 hours on land!

    • Nautical Mom / Oct 13 2012 12:11 pm

      Only 2 hours!? Man must love the sea. In curaçao now, but more on that later.

      Sent from my iPad

  2. Marion Gropen / Oct 12 2012 3:00 am

    Sounds like you’ve had fun. So glad to hear that you haven’t had any close encounters of the hurricane kind!

    The article was a good one, with lots of maternal wisdom.

    Hope we manage to cross paths somehow in the near future!

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