Remember my friend Ewa who is a yoga instructor here in Miami? Her classes are always a breath of fresh air and so relaxing and I am so so sad that I have my hands tied this summer which means I won't be able to join on her and Valentina's Blue Dream Yoga Retreat this year. It's a 7 day retreat in the beautiful jungle of Costa Rica, at Blue Osa where the rainforest meet the sea. For only $975 you'll get three daily yoga and meditation classes, all inclusive farm to table fresh organic food and juices throughout the day, surf classes, not to mention a great chance to unplug and focus on one of the most important things: To completely let go of musts and rush and get a chance to properly feel oneself.
This is what it looked like on their last retreat. Can you say positive energy?
Check in with Ewa or Valentina on their Instagrams or on their Facebook to book and get more details. Let me know how it all was if you go :)
I hope things are fine despite the fact that we don't talk so much these days. Life is great in Miami, fantastic even, although slightly confusing I must admit. Having placed one foot back in "normality" (hanging with friends, working, dining out, running on meetings, socializing, driving from one place to another, more projects, shopping, working out, puzzling life's all equations at once) - and another foot left in the boat world as Alex and I still live on the boat and row ourselves to land when needed. Although we haven't decided place or time for moving back onto land, we're definitely going through some sort of separation period that lingers in the air, and which carries feelings hard to pronounce.
One side of me will always be left at sea, yearning for the quietness and peace one can only find when away from all this materialism and commercialism. The simple life that Alex and I built together, the life we know best, as a team. Another side of me (as well as Alex) knows how important it is to build a security for the future, not least for being able to sponsor the adventures and travels one wish to head out onto later, whatever/wherever they might be. There are many emotions involved in this transition. Earlier, on other stops, we always knew we wouldn't be permanently fixed to a place and we could take the boat and leave whenever we wanted to. This time, we have signed up for obligations and plans that stretch not over a few months or small projects, but for many years. And even if those plans are 100% voluntarily chosen by ourselves, things we've been dreaming of for such a long time, it is still somewhat sad and confusing, having to realize that we eventually will have to let go of the life, our life, that we've built on water. The simple, uncomplicated, natural lifestyle that we both love deeply and do so well together.
There has been loose thoughts and many options discussed for this new land based life - staying at anchor? renting an apartment? selling the boat? living in a marina? keeping the boat but living on land? and even separating has come up at a few weak moments.
It is hard to explain. The overly positive and optimistic feeling about the future for our individual careers here in Miami/USA. The ecstatic excitement and anticipation of coming back to achieving something, creating something profound, back to properly working with the things we truly love. The impatient feeling of hope and motivation is probably something anyone would build up over many long years of traveling. But it doesn't mean it is automatically easy to let go of the rest. It is not automatically adjusted and it takes some time and plenty of effort to adapt. Especially since all we've ever done together has been built around a boat on water.
Other than that, dear blog, life is beautiful. Colourful, exciting, many things moving forward as they should and days filled with as much or as little communication with other human beings as one chooses. All those things one have missed so much while traveling on the boat. So for any challenging obstacle, there is always something positive in return. It's just about finding a new groove and then flow with it. Still fumbling for that perfect groove.
Put fruits in your salad boys and girls! Strawberry and mango is a favorite. The sweetness of them both cuts well with the peppery arugula and a tangy black pepper/lemon/cilantro dressing.
Tacos used to be a favorite back in the old times, this variety is easy and good for you: Heat olive oil, salt, pepper, cumin and a tiny amount of cayenne pepper in a pan. Throw in some properly cut raw organic walnuts. Mix around, let it all get warm and well incorporated, and serve over a salad of choice. I do like a basic lettuce-tomato-cucumber-onion bowl with this (you could pan fry thin slices of onion in the pan before you add the spices and walnuts too if you fancy.) Eat as a salad or wrap it all up in a nice little bread.
Having visitors is such a glorious treasure on so many levels. Especially since we've been confined in the dark, cold woods of the North for such a long time where hard work was top priority. But being alone again on the boat, in this climate, laying here in this couch with all hatches open, listening to the birds doing their thing on the spreaders. And the waves lapping the hull while I slowly get to read and work on my precious projects in my own good tempo yet again - that is a real treat. As well! Acknowledging well the beauty in each situation.
Being surrounded by people and having plans and missions for each day is tickling, fulfilling and so much fun. But being alone and left in quietness puts the mind back to work again. It slowly untangles from social commitments and a lazy, leisure boozy cloud to an ever more focused, motivated and inspired vision. Yearning to create. I love that feeling! It is through change and variety that new ideas are born. Such a great place: this couch, on this boat, in this climate: to be creating. It's funny and BEAUTIFUL how life turns out, don't you think!
After sixteen months in the cold Massachusetts, a proper vacation was in order. The past six weeks has therefore been pretty much solely dedicated to enjoying the richness and warmth of this our new home city. Four months in and I still love Miami more for each day. We live around the North Miami Beach area which has the most beautiful and serene beaches, and a lovely village like ambiance, in contrast to its loud touristy counterpart slightly to the South. The mixture of people, religion, culture and colour is refreshing and every day I am grateful for the sunshine we get to wake up to. Quality of life has risen significantly since our move down South. In fact life here reminds us a tad about life in Barcelona and thus we haven't missed the Mediterranean much at all since we got here. Old readers know how much that means to us.
The last of our visitors have now gone home and we're back to the slightly more serious sides of life again. Although living in this climate surrounded by this very special energy I'm pretty sure we'll be able to maintain a good balance between work and pleasure.