March 21st-April 6th, 2012: We’re not here.
We’re going old school: sailing away from phones and internet, crossing the Atlantic on a ship.
It’s a funny thing, leaving a continent behind.
I remember this poignant scene from a book I read once: immigrants leaving Greece for America saying tearful farewells to their families at the port. When the time came to board the ship, the voyagers carried with them a ball of string while their loved ones held tight to the other end. As the ship pulled back from the docks and made way for the open sea, the goodbye waves fluttered on land and on deck, tears fell, and little by little the ball unraveled.
At the last, they came to the end and let the string fly off in the wind…
We’ve enjoyed nearly three months in South America, and we have many more stories to tell and adventures to share from our time on the grand continent, but at the request of Ted and at the restrictions of Oceania’s 95¢/minute internet access, I’m letting go of the blog for a bit.
A few auto posts will keep things lively for the first stretch, and then radio silence while we finish our days at sea. We’ll pick back up again on the other side, when the time is right.
Thanks to each of you who read along, who send notes and leave comments and keep in touch. Really, every single one of you is so appreciated. (And if you’ve been reading quietly along, you’re appreciated, too! Please, leave a note – it would be lovely to hear from you.)
Enjoy the coming posts about adventures in Buenos Aires. We’ll have plenty more to share later on about Iguazu Falls, Rio de Janeiro, and our voyage to Cape Verde and Casablanca and the Canary Islands on the way to Barcelona.
When we reach shore in the Mediterranean, we’ll be tweeting and such about Spain, Italy, and beyond. We’ve got grand adventures waiting, somewhere beyond the sea…
All our love, B&T
P.S. For the encore performance I really wanted to share but couldn’t embed on the site due to copyright restrictions, visit the dreadfully ugly youtube site to watch this classy version.