ARC - starting

November 19, 2017  •  1 Comment
And we're off. We've spent the last two weeks in Las Palmas getting La Cigale ready (fixing the water maker, raising the solar panels so they're not in the bimini shade 95% of the time, and more), stocking up on provisioning, and most importantly saying goodbye to the cousins who escorted us here and hello to Helen and Harley who are joining us for...
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Fixing a boat in exotic locations

October 27, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
OK, so the Portuguese have a good sense of humour. At least that's what our friend Richard reckons (more on Richard's mostly invaluable help - the bucket shall remain the only point of contention - in my next post). How else do you explain that the marina chief put the only other Swiss boat within five hundred miles right next to us? So obviously...
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First time in Lisbon

October 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I'm not too sure what I was expecting from Lisbon. With my work hat on, I know Portugal is the poorest country in Western Europe, is being caught up by Eastern countries fast, is struggling to emerge from the financial crisis, and has precious little capital in the country so starting new businesses is hard. So it was a bit of a surprise to find a...
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