Generally, Morpheus feels like a pretty big boat. But, here at EMV this Winter we’ve been placed right next to the 145′ Super Yacht Mirabella III and that makes us look like a toy boat. On the plus side, they make a fantastic wind block!!
Six years ago today, Deb and I cast off from the Richmond Yacht Club, sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge, and turned left…
We have decided to winter in Spain this year, and to use Morpheus as our home base from which to travel in Europe. The boat is docked in Badalona, which is a suburb of Barcelona, only a quick tram ride away from Barcelona. But, I’ve spent the last few days riding the bike through the town, and it turns out it’s very cool!
This is a true sea side town. Think Del Mar, with out the surf. The beaches are great. Sandy and white. That’s hard to find in the Med. A big board walk teaming with families, walking, eating and playing. And at least 3 different buoy races going on off shore. There are lots of cool stores, like the store where the older gentleman weaves baskets to your order. And the wine shop with photos of the owner’s grandfather delivering wine in his horse drawn gypsy wagon. So cool.
We have spent the last 30 days with Torben and Judy Bensten, our friends from Richmond Yacht Club (RYC) who left on their similar adventure from RYC 3 weeks before us. We have been running into them periodically for the last 6 years, but this time takes the cake. I don’t know what it is about them, but I have come close to burning up at least 4 times over the last month. Between the lightning storm on the way over to Barcelona from Minorca, the HUGE fire works show during the Merce, the Parade of Fire where my boob caught on fire, and a battery super nuclear chain reaction melt down (Ita woke me up to this one. Good Dog, Ita!), I’m kinda done with fire for this year, even though we have had a “SCREAMING” good time with them every minute! (Judy has a tendency toward screaming when scared….)
In addition to Judy and Torben, we have been visited by, and spent time with, Mark and Deana Rosenberg, Judy’s friends Clark and Barbie, Suzanne, her friends Diane and Tom, and Danny Gutheil and his wife Desiree. September has been a month packed with food, travel, and monsoon rained out horse shows. With no guest on the horizon and Morpheus neatly tucked into her winter berth in Badalona, October is definitely scheduled to be recovery and rebuilding time. We have a whole list of boat chores to do, first of which is to get new fire extinguishers!
Three years ago, Deb and I enjoyed Barcelona’s La Merce Festival for the first time. We loved it, but really didn’t have any idea what to expect. When we showed up then for the ultimate event, “The Fire Run”, we had lots of locals warning us that we were not dressed properly.
This time we were ready! Safety googles provided by Suzanne Rischman, long pants, long sleeved shirts and hats.
And this time rather than watching from the distant sidelines, we decided to commit 100%, follow the locals lead, and join the festivities.
The La Merce Festival is now over, and we need a nice long rest!