Starting the trip on the inland waterways; Antwerp and the Albert Canal

We arrived in Antwerp Sunday night, and had high hopes for an exciting Monday. But it turned out that almost everything is closed in Antwerp on Mondays. We took a walk through the old town anyways, and Mattis soon started asking questions about Jesus. At first we were puzzled about his newfound religiousness, but soon realized that it was due to the many statues of virgin Mary and baby Jesus. Coming direct from Holland, Antwerp really somehow had a very different feel, like we had arrived in southern Europe. Continue reading


Runa schreibt: Die erste Woche an bord

Seit einer Woche wohne ich auf Chip-Chip. Wir sind früh Sonntag Morgen von Bremerhaven losgesegelt (1. Juli 2018). Wir segelten erst nach Makkum. Es dauerte zwei Tage und eine Nacht. Erst war ich seekrank aber später gings mir wieder besser. Am Abend mussten wir durch eine Schleuse zum IJsselmeer und dann wahren wir schon fast in der Marina. Da war ein Pool und da waren wir jeden Tag baden. Jeden Abend waren wir bei einer Theatershow die Pinki und Duimpi hieß. Es hat spaß gemacht. Ich und Mama waren auch in der Stadt.

Nach ein paar Tagen sind wir nach Amsterdam gesegelt. Wir waren im Zentrum von Amsterdam, haben Anne Franks Haus gesehen und haben Waffeln gegessen. Gestern waren wir im Riesen Experimentarium.

Ich vermisse euch alle.

Liebe Grüße von Runa.

From chaos to Amsterdam

We had given up the lease on our flat in Sellstedt from the 1st of July, so in June we really started to feel the pressure to get everything ready to go. Not just the boat had some things that still needed to be fixed, but our flat had to be packed down, we had to arrange for the last vaccinations, health insurance while underway, and the many, many extra things that have to be taken care of when you leave a country for good.  Continue reading

About storage

Since we bought our Singer Heavy Duty sewing machine to make new covers for the mattresses, I have sewn just about everything you can think of – even a tool box. But usually I don’t take it that far. Mostly I try to sew things that will help us keep our stuff organized in our, after all, limited room on board.

One way we use to save space and keep everything under control in Chip-Chip is to sew small, simple bags, kinda like packing cubes, for things like toys, underwear, socks, hats etc.

I was asked for the recipe, so here it comes.

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4 weeks to go

Suddenly the calendar says that it’s June, and things are getting hectic in our house. We started packing a while ago. Some things will come with us on Chip-Chip – but most either goes into storage or it is being sold, donated or thrown away. At this time we have about 10 moving boxes in our bedroom, and we have already sold things like the cross trainer, old sails, an old water tank for the boat, one of the guitars etc. And somehow, I find it really great when people come and get our old stuff for free (at least the things we would never be able to sell) – so happy that things will be used again instead of being thrown away.

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Hard choices

I have dreamed about sailing the world oceans for as long as I can remember, so at least for me, the choice of leaving to live on a sailboat for a while is not at all random. But even then I have been wondering lately what the price will be.

For the last 15 years, my life, and in the end also Esben’s, has been largely driven by my desire to learn about the ocean. We moved to Gothenburg so I could study physical oceanography, and when I was offered a PhD in Bremerhaven, we went, even though I actually had a job offer in Denmark at the same time. Continue reading

Offshore safety course

The wind is howling in the darkness, and as I take a step out and fall the three meters down into the cold waves, I hear the thunder behind me. I look up and see Esben follow me into the water. We get a hold of each other, and together we move slowly away from the entrance site, fighting the wind and the waves. Around us, we see the others in the water, and soon we have formed a small group of four people, creating a tight ring to keep each other warm, while we are pushed around by the waves. Continue reading