I’m sitting at my desk, got good coffee, plenty of space, employment – although a little trimmed down right now, a recently upgraded PC, my naughty cat Freddie for company, feeling fit – thanks to regular exercise. I’m grateful. Grateful for all these things, counting my blessings, each one. I feel I should, to maintain a healthy mental perspective, one that will keep me and my loved ones sustained while we hunker down in what feels like WWII bomb shelter style.
Now that my company is working from home, I recently updated my email programme’s background photo with the one attached to this post, to fill the gap when there’s no mail on screen. For the uninitiated, the photo is from our first Sail n Dive trip last August. We had moored in this bay on a small exclusive island off Skiathos where we stopped to relax and film. The next day we filmed a dive right by the small island in the centre and then came back to enjoy a fabulous chicken lunch and laze in the sun. What beautiful memories of calm, fun, friendship, sense of achievement, pranking around trying to do synchronised swimming (see the video on the home page) and of course, delicious cocktails.
Boy do I get lost in this photo! How many times a day I can’t tell you. Given how unreachable this all is now, with Covid-19 cases increasing (even a steady and not accelerating increase is considered a success at the moment) you would think that this photo is the equivalent of rubbing salt in the wound. It doesn’t feel like that though. It’s too good, too real to me, the memories too fresh, too believable that it will shortly be mine again, that we will set sail again in the summer.
Being based in Greece, we are fortunate that Covid-19 cases are much lower proportionally than the rest of the continent. So, at some point in the summer, at least, we in Greece could be able to sail again. International travel will probably lag behind the lifting of internal movement restrictions. If you’re reading this beyond Greece, we will save it for you. Patience is almost always rewarded.
In the last week I have found myself on board, sailing the Aegean twice, in my dreams. I can’t wait to get back out there with you, but wait, patiently with me, will you? One thing is sure, when we get back on board, we’re going to make the most of every single moment we get to explore above and below the sea.
What about those of you who share the same longing? What is your story? I’ll stop writing right here, so you can start!