Better Than Any Award. Liebster Award

The Nomination

A few weeks ago we got another sweet nomination for the Liebster Award by our fellow travelors, sailors, and bloggers the Homeschool Ahoy family. They have two beautiful blond little girls and a handsome lagoon 40, as well as the most awesome blog where you can read about their adventures on the seas.

We are deeply touched and grateful for this nomination. It means a lot to us, a gesture of appreciation for our way of life and efforts to share our journey through images and words. Thank you, guys, it is a great honor.

The Liebster Award

Someone had the genius idea to start this Liebster Award-thing which is nothing else but a way to discover, connect, and promote bloggers and blogs. We love it! This is the second time we have been nominated and I think soon we are about to win the prize!

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The Rules

1. Answer 10 questions

2. Nominate 5-10 blogs

3. Ask them 10 questions

 

 

 

 The Answers

    1. Introduce us to your live aboard family, how many in your crew and how old are they?

Hello everyone! We are another one of those crazy families living aboard a boat instead in a house, constantly traveling.

Evo, born in 1976 in Varna Bulgaria is the dad, skipper, fishing expert, and boat-fixer.

Mira, born same year same place, is the mom, cook, “teacher”, photographer, and blogger.

Viktor, born in 1997 in Varna, Bulgaria is the Big Brother, dish-washer, computer geek, and boat-keeper.

Maya, born in 2003 in Montreal, Canada, is the Little Sister, snorkeling and diving expert.

Maya, Viktor, Evo and Mira. The Nomadik Family

Maya, Viktor, Evo and Mira. The Nomadik Family

 

 

    2 .What sort of boat do you have and would you recommend it for other families hoping to live aboard?

Fata Morgana is a 38-foot catamaran Robertson & Caine Leopard built 12 years ago in South Africa, made heavy and sturdy, able to take some heavy weather and she did. She has enough space for the four of us and is very comfortable boat. I think a catamaran is a perfect choice for a family with kids and would strongly recommend it. Fata is our first boat ever and we feel lucky to have chosen her. (If you are curious about the name read more here). We bought the boat in Florida about one year ago and fixed and up-dated a bunch of things transforming her into our unique off-grid vessel. On the hardtop we built we installed 5 humongous solar panels producing 1,500 watts pure solar energy. It is enough to have our fridge, the biggest electricity consumer, turned on 24/7, and to produce as much freshwater as we need with our watermaker. Thus we don’t have to turn on the engines to make electricity (and we don’t have a generator), and we never have to buy freashwater. We are also strictly sailing, even when we enter and exit anchorages and drop and lift anchor, so we rarely fuel, about once or twice a year.  Thus, we are completely off-grid and independent and we hardly spend any many.

 

Fata Morgana from above

Fata Morgana from above

 

 3. How did you come to the decision to live aboard?

We had a friend whose dream was to live on a boat and sail around the world, he „infected“ us. But we have been nomads even before the boat. We used to work as long distance truck drivers, both Evo and me in a team, driving all over Canada and USA for about 7 years, with the kids in the bunk. Back then we were paid to travel and saved up enough to buy a boat and not work for a while. To live aboard a boat and sail around the world is the best decision we ever made.

Fata Morgana

Fata Morgana

 

    4. Where are you now and what are your sailing plans, if you have any, for the future?

Right now we are in St Kitts&Nevis (a small independent Caribbean island-country) after we covered over 3,700 nautical miles in our first year of sailing visiting Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, The Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, The Virgin islands, and, so far, half of the Caribbean islands. We will keep sailing south visiting the rest of the Windward Islands to Tobago. Then we are planning to stop in Columbia for a few months and travel inland there. From Columbia we will sail to Panama, the San Blas islands, and maybe visit Costa Rica and some other Central American countries by land. Next year, if all is well, we will be crossing the Pacific heading to French Polynesia and then Australia. But our plans are not too fixed and may change depending on circumstances.

Beach at Smugglers Cove, Tortola

Beach at Smugglers Cove, Tortola

 

 

5. What’s the best learning experience your kids have had since living aboard that you could pass on to other sailing families for them and their children?

The kids learned to appreciate the little we have and spend less. Less water, less electricity, less everything. They have become conscious about conserving the available resources (because they had no other choice). Now watching a film where someone is slowly washing dishes under running water sends them screaming Turn off the water!

Ivo and Vick taking a rain shower.

Ivo and Vick taking a rain shower.

 

 

6. What style of education do you prefer for your littlest crew members, are you homeschooling/world schooling/unschooling… or eclectic like me? Have they ever been or will they ever go to a traditional school?

Viktor is now almost 17. He has been in a public school in Canada up to his second year of high school. In the beginning of this trip we got all the books for his third high school year and he tried reading and studying alone and with my help. But it didn’t work; he is neither disciplined nor ambitious enough to do this, even though I tried pushing him a lot. Maybe I shouldn’t have. Anyway, he decided he will go back to Canada and complete his high school education within the school system there as soon as he turns 18, and maybe go to college after that.

Maya, almost 11 now, completed second grade in a primary school in Canada and since we have been traveling she has been studying and learning math, science, language, arts using a software for i-pad, as well as a children’s encyclopedia and other books. For example, in science she learned about Ecosystems, Food Chains, Habitats, Weather and Weather Prediction, Gravity and Motion, Light Energy etc. using the i-pad app. Every day she decides what she wants to study and how much and it is all fun for her. I don’t have to push her, just help her from time to time. She also had the great opportunity to study for a few months in a local school with local kids while visiting Guatemala last year and learned a bit of Spanish.

But I believe both Viktor and Maya have learned and will learn a lot just by traveling and visiting so many new places and cultures, acquiring knowledge and experience kids in conventional schools will never have.

Noial, Kaila, Sofia, and Maya in front of El Relleno Primary School, Guatemala

Noial, Kaila, Sofia, and Maya in front of El Relleno Primary School, Guatemala

 

 

7. What’s your best memory from the last year?

Let me ask the crew.

Maya’s best memories are from Guatemala, because she had a best friend the entire time there, Noial.Viktor and Evo both loved the most climbing Pico Duarte in the Dominican Republic, a two-day very challenging journey with a guide and mules to the top of the highest Caribbean mountain and back. Mine was hiking to a hidden cave full with human skulls in Sierra de las Minas in Guatemala guided by four local Queqchi Indians.

Viktor with the mules. Hiking to Pico Duarte

Viktor with the mules. Hiking to Pico Duarte

 

 

8. Name the most challenging experience you have had whilst living aboard and what did you do to overcome it?

We all had our personal challenges and we still have to overcome a lot of them. As a family, we need to respect and trust each other more and admit that we are different individuals with different needs and preferences. We need to learn to give each other more space and freedom at the same time working as a team. This is a challenge we still need to face and work on.

If I have to name one experience that was extremely challenging and life-changing, I will go with the storm in the Yucatán Chanel. To overcome it we had to accept the situation, face it, and ride the storm until the end, no other choice.

Our nomadik family with helmets and life jackets ready for action, Damajaqua Cascades

Our nomadik family with helmets and life jackets ready for action, Damajaqua Cascades

 

 

9. Will you always live aboard or is this just one of the many adventures you hope to share with your family?

We don’t know how long this living-aboard adventure will go on. We will keep going wherever the wind blows us for as long as we can or as long as we want to, whichever comes first. But it is not just 1-2 sabbatical years

kind of think. It is our new way of life and we hope we can keep going like this for many years.

Maya

Maya

 

 

10. What motivates you to blog and what tips can you offer fellow yachty bloggers?

Our blog is like a photo album and an adventure journal where I post pictures and stories chronologically as we go. It helps us remember. I love doing it even though it is very hard to update as we don’t have internet on the boat. Sometimes I have to sit on a bench in front of a bar with free Wi-Fi to do it. What motivates me? I need this blog; right now it is my only outlet where I can share my creativity. I don’t have blogging tips for fellow bloggers, just do what makes you happy and be yourself.

Viktor, Maya, Mira

Viktor, Maya, Mira

 

 

Our 10 Nominees

I have chosen 8 blogs based on the following criteria: They are all sailing families (like us) with kids at a school age.

s/v SeaChange

Smith Family Sailing

Diving Into Cruising

Our Life with Ceol Mor

The Excellent Adventure

Ghostsailors

s/v Perry

s/v Baccalieu

 

 

The 10 Questions

I really loved Homeschool Ahoy’s questions, so, with permission, I will just copy-paste most of them and add a few.

  1. Introduce us to your liveaboard family, how many in your crew and how old are they?

  2. What sort of boat do you have and would you recommend it for other families hoping to live aboard?

  3. Where are you now and what are your sailing plans, if you have any, for the future?

  4. How do you support yourself and your family while sailing and cruising? How do you pay for the whole thing?

  5. What’s the best learning experience your kids have had since living aboard that you could pass on to other sailing families for them and their children?

  6. What style of education do you prefer for your littlest crew members, are you homeschooling/world schooling/unschooling…? Have they ever been or will they ever go to a traditional school?

  7. Is living aboard and sailing an alternative way of life for you and your family, an escape form the system, or is it just a temporary adventure?

  8. Name the most challenging experience you have had whilst living aboard and what did you do to overcome it?

  9. Any big mistakes you have learned from that others may learn from too?

  10. What motivates you to blog and what tips can you offer fellow yachty bloggers?

 

 

 

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Liebster Award

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A while ago we got nominated by the guys @WeTravelAndBlog  for a Liebster Award. Thank you, Jade&Gabriel for the nomination!

First we panicked.

Then we felt soooo honored, like Johny Depp at the Academy Awards.

Photo by Steve Granitz - © WireImage.com

Photo by Steve Granitz – © WireImage.com

 

But WHAT is this Liebster Award, anyway?

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The Liebster Award is not really an award. It is not even a lobster that you catch under a rock, boil it, and then eat it. It is more like a way to connect with and promote travel blogs, especially not-so-popular blogs that people haven’t discovered yet. Everyone is a winner!

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THE RULES

Answer questions from the nominator and nominate other blogs you admire and want others to discover.

Here are the answers to We Travel And Blog questions:

1. Has travel ever made you cry?

 

Traveling is a crying business, especially by sailboat. It starts even before you set off.

You begin crying when it is time to leave everything behind: your friends and relatives, your old house, most of your stuff. Then you cry some more when you buy the boat and start fixing it and you realize you are broke.

Then you start traveling. But you cry again when you get to a place so beautiful, so perfect you never want to leave it, but you have to.

When you see a blue butterfly in a deep limestone canyon for the first time: you cry.

You meet people and you make friends you don’t want to lose just yet but it is time to go again: you cry.

You hear the unearthly cries of the howler monkeys at dawn in a remote corner of the world: you cry too.

You hit a storm in the middle of the night miles from land and you are sure the boat will not take it. You cry again.

You go snorkeling in an underwater cave and water enters your goggles: you cry.

Even swimming pigs sometimes makes you cry when they kick you underwater, no hard feelings…

The list is getting too long, I have to stop or I might start…you know…

2. If you weren’t blogging, what would you be doing?

I don’t see why I wouldn’t be blogging, what a preposterous idea! Even the very first explorers were blog-addicts. Christopher Columbus was writing a (b)log and it was so popular the king of Spain was reading it. Blogging is important, it inspires people, but it also teaches the one who is writing it a lot.

This question makes me panic. I don’t know! If I weren’t blogging I would probably be sitting in a dark room, locked from the outside, trembling.

3. If money weren’t an object, and you could only ever have one more adventure, what epicness would you pick?

Sailing around the world and visit all the exciting places on the way. But if I have to choose only one, it would be: tour India for as long as it takes to “feel at home” there.

4.What’s your traveler pet peeve?

We get really irritated when someone is catching fish and we are not. We also hate jet-skis. But most of all, we get an allergic reaction to sailboats motoring.

5. Do you have any role models? Who?

 

Many: Jacques Cousteau, Bear Grills, Buddha, Jack Kerouac, Genghis Khan, Khan Asparouh, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Columbus, all gypsies, refugees, sailors, astronauts, the Bajau people, the people of Mongolia, every other traveller on our way, the loggerhead turtles, blue wales, and Canadian geese, and many more.

 6. City hustle or remote landscapes?

Both: Bombay, Singapore, Istanbul or Nepal, Antarctica, Mongolia, the Amazon jungles or Patagonia, we want to experience it all.

 7. What are you more likely to do, visit a famously “haunted” landmark, or cross a rickety rope bridge across a giant canyon?

We’ll take the canyon any time. But we will not refuse the haunted landmark either.

8.Dirty hostel or overpriced luxury room?

Dirty hostel, bring it on! Ivo and I would go to the hostel but the kids will take the expensive hotel room for sure. (I wonder who will pay for the hotel for the kids, though… I suspect they will show up at the dirty hostel, grumpy, after they realize the luxury room is not worth it.)

But, there is a third choice we prefer: staying at new local friends’ homes.

9. What’s the worst habit you have that you can’t seem to shake.

 

Traveling. Sleeping.

10.When did the travel bug bite cha?

Maybe two years ago when we met Steve in Vancouver. He lives on a boat with his family and has traveled the world. He told us “Go, do it now!”.

Or maybe seven years ago when a friend took us sailing on his boat and told us all about his secret dream to cruise the globe “Life can be different, you know”.

Or maybe twenty years ago when we first met, Ivo and I, and begun our long journey together across rivers and mountains.

Or maybe thirty years ago when my father who was a sailor on a big ferryboat took me for a trip from Varna to Odessa.

I really don’t know…The bug has been biting us repeatedly all these years, I guess.

The blogs we have nominated are:

 Favorite blogs of people we have met and befriended on our journey:

 

Mike

Mike

#1 – Travel By Foote

„All fires have three things in common: they start, they  burn for a bit, and then they go out.  There’s no such thing as a never-ending fire.

Some fires are tame, burn slowly for a long time and then gradually extinguish themselves.  Some fires burn like hell, are full of pops and crackles, use entirely too much fuel and oxygen too fast, offer grand spectacle, and die at 27 minutes old.

The more you try to contain the fire and direction of the flames, the less enchanting the fire is.  Propane fireplaces just don’t draw eyes the way disappearing logs can.  And a fireplace with fresh chopped wood will never silence a group of humans the way a campfire will.“- Mike

Rebecca

Rebecca

 

#2 – S/V Dolphin

„Right now i have crazy boatyard managers who threaten my freedom, fiberglass dust covering everything I own, voracious no-see-ums who bite me in the eyeball from the hours of 6-8 daily, termites piled an inch deep, dew in the evenings, heat in the day, not enough money, mental and physical near exhaustion and a vision that eclipses all that. “ -Rebecca

 

#3 – Sailing Kiawah

 

#4 – Levoyagedesuricats (French)

 

#5 – impetuoustoo

And a couple of blogs/facebook pages we found through Facebook:

#6 – To travel Too

 

#7 – Travel Diaries

 

And now, my 10 questions for the blogs we have nominated:

1.       What are you?

2.       What are you looking for? Did you find it?

3.       How many footsteps have you left on the surface of the planet, in total?

4.       Who would be the one person you would love to travel with?

5.       What are the top 5 things-to-do or places-to-visit on your bucket list?

6.       What are your thoughts on school and the school system in general?

7.       How do you fight with boredom and/or cabin fever?

8.       What is the meaning of life?

9.       What is the most unexpectedly-amazing place you ever been to?

10.   What important things has traveling thought you?

 

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