DO NOT tell me I made this trip for nothing!

Catalonia’s leader: ‘We will declare independence in a matter of days’

  • Speaking to the BBC on Tuesday, the head of Catalonia’s devolved government Carles Puigdemont, said his administration would declare independence from Spain “act at the end of this week or the beginning of next.”

 

From what I understand, if Catalonia declares its independence and separates from Spain they will be out of the EU.  I am fairly certain that admittance to the EU requires all current members to approve any request.  Something tells me that Spain might not be in a very cooperative mood!

That means that I could have avoided this 1,000nm round trip to Gibraltar and just stayed in place!!

 

Getting Ready for Sardinia

Since the Rocklins headed home, we have been pretty lazy.

We returned to one of our favorite spots on the Southeast corner of Mallorca and then spent a couple of days working our way up the East coast and stopping whenever things looked interesting.  We stopped in several great spots!  It’s interesting now looking back at our concerns regarding spending so much time in the Balearics.  Time is flying by and there is so much more to be seen.

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Our next guests are Denise Quackenbush and Suzanne Rischman.  They are our “most frequent visitors” and we will be meeting them in Sardinia mid August.

Yesterday we sailed the 30 miles from Mallorca to Menorca, and today we are here, back in Mahon, Menorca.  Definitely one of our favorite spots in the Balearic Islands and a great spot to restock on fuel, food, and clean laundry.

We’ve found things to be much more difficult in Sardinia so we will do all that we can over the next few days here.

Sometimes A Yuge Wall Is A Good Idea

We are “enjoying” the third day of our first Mediterranean winter storm and it has been a powerful one.

Three days of Northeasterly winds consistently in the 25-30 knot range, and seas that keep building by the hour.  Supposedly the storm will peak tonight (around midnight of course!) with winds gusting into the 40 plus knot range, and seas exceeding 15ft in height. I am glad to be “safely” tied up in the harbor.

When I first saw the scale and height of the seawall outside our marina, I thought to myself that it seemed a bit over done.  Not long afterwards someone told me that during the Winter there would be a few times when the seas broke over the wall.

I didn’t believe them.

Now I do!!