First week in back in the Netherlands was not so hard as I would have expected.
Nothing has really changed. I have coffees and a sandwich at Café Thijssen (my Amsterdam office) instead of a lunch with fresh fish, I am reading the latest financial news in the FD instead of information about harbours and bays in sailing pilots. Work is like working in my Murter office as in the picture above. It is just all the same! Lucky me.
Next days / weeks / months will keep me busy with making a coherent and consistent story – the moments of truth – of my travelling.
You will find the results here through a picture, map or a story published on this website periodically and I will be improving the website.
Something I would like to start using is some cool extra functionality I found in the software I use for displaying the maps and pictures (XML Google Maps and NGG Galleries). It basically reads the GPS data from my geotagged pictures managed by NGG and displays it in Google Maps automatically, as you can see to the right.
Back in Murter again for some days after a long weekend sailing the neighborhood with 4 friends.
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Provides me therefore with some time to do some office work again. The usual analysing of the GPS data and the geocoding of my pictures. Further I will try to make some plans for next week. Crew yet to be found unfortunately, although almost found last minute someone. Looks like I have to exercise my single handed sailing skills. Would love to go more to the Kornati and the Island Vis. In between so many beautifull cities.
Another part of my office routines today was having coffee with a Dutch couple two boats further amongst the quay. They are sailing around Croatia for over 20 years now and learned the sweet spots from a friend of theirs sailing the 30 years before. Almost half a century experience. They lend me their pilots with all their annotations but they will be leaving tomorrow. Looks like I have to study until late today.
To finalize one Daily Picture, a picture of the Kornati Archipel again.
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A daily picture of the Kornati again because lucky enough we (the 5 of us) went there again and ended up in Lavsa, the bay you see in the picture above. The original plan was to go to Striznja but the dark skies with the thunder and lightning heading to us (no worry, I get rather used to it) made me decide to find an anchoring a little bit earlier.
After the Lavsa went to Vodice and the Contrast between Kornati and Vodice couldn’t be bigger. The last being a full fledged disco village with bars, bars and… bars.
Being together with my friends made me think of Cafe Thijssen in Amsterdam again. Being asked what I would do first when back in Amsterdam, I could only think about a double espresso at Café Thijssen while reading “Het Financieele Dagblad”.
What will it be next week? Will I be sailing single handed or will I find someone to join the last minute? How will the weather develop? Will the Croatians call this the worst sailing summer officially? I know I have been lucky having lost only one day to the weather (although fled to Budapest because of it). Will I be sailing to the Island Vis next week? I will keep you posted.
Bought some books today (and went to Thijssen directly after to grab a coffee). I went only to buy some books to learn a little bit of the Italian and Croatian language. Off course I bought far to many books. One of them Ulysses from James Joyce.
I thought if I do refer my site to the trails of Odysseus, I am almost obliged to read the contemporary version of Homers saga (sigh).
Besides James Joyce loved the Adriatic Sea and lived for years in Trieste.