So we have now been off of American soil for just over a month. We are slowly getting used to our new lifestyle, which is way different from our old one. This is certainly a lot more fun than working 12 hours a day, but there have been sacrifices. I think the biggest one so far is our kids’ social lives. They miss their friends, and our internet isn’t reliable enough for rapid international communication. We haven’t really met any English-speaking cruising kids yet for them to hang out with, likely because Colombia is not a high-priority cruising destination for most Americans. Plus, most boats get really beat up on the way down here. Ergo, not many Yanks in Cartagena this time of year. So, we will stay in Cartagena for 2-3 more weeks and then make our way up the coast of Colombia, and then to Aruba.
Some of the downsides were anticipated and planned for, like not having much personal space, not having a garden, and not having a car. But some hit us harder than we thought, like living without Amazon Prime, fast and reliable Wi-Fi, and trustworthy food and water. We can’t be there for our friends at home. Also, no matter how much Spanish we try to learn at the last minute on the boat, as soon as someone speaks to us, we are lost. So let’s just say Mel isn’t that happy with her Colombian haircut, but it will have to do.
New Cruiser’s Blues
We sailed across the bumpy sea
In our shiny new boat
Because Mel was tired of being an MD
And tired of signing notes
Now we drink sundowners
And wake up when we want
But sometimes we get gloomy
And for happiness we hunt
We can’t get good Wi-Fi
Because they think it’s all right
To charge a dollar sixty
There’s a crack in our scupper
That needs a fiberglass solder
That won’t help Mel’s tampons
Which are full of saltwater
The stores are confusing
It takes an hour to find beer — Oh!
What?! You’re kidding!
No Caffeine-Free Coke Zero?!!!
There’s a smell in our bathroom
That won’t go away
But “bleach hurts the fittings”
Will someone please design a marine head that can handle frickin’ bleach, okay??
The helm seat has a vibration
Because our engine mounts are loose
“That’s not supposed to happen!”
Well it did. After less than 200 hours of use!
Everyone’s on antibiotics
We have diarrhea and sores
And Mel can’t do her workout inside
Because she keeps hitting the cabinet doors
The old cat is grumpy
Her urination is a free-for-all
So she goes on the beds, and the cushions, and the pillows
And the washing machine is too small
The kids have played too much Minecraft
Because it feels like 105 outside
Now they are fighting like Creepers
It’s time for another taxi ride!
But soon things will be fixed (for now)
And we will shake off
These New Cruiser Blues
By taking off
To new places to see
And food to eat
And things to break
And people to meet
Because the things we have
To get us back in the groove
Are Gin and Tonic
And a house that can move!