Cape to Cape: Ushuaia - Cape Town on the Bark Europa

A review by Claire

March 27, 2019

Time.

As adults when do you ever give yourself time to: Dream, stare into space, read, record your thoughts and experiences, talk nonsense (a lot), gaze at the endless sky and sea, be childlike (even childish), play games, nap several times a day or be awake to enjoy the sun and the moon? The answer is aboard the Europa Cape to Cape! In our ‘real lives’ we all become trapped by ‘things to do’ and ‘plans to make’ but being on this trip means you are completely immersed in the moment. Try asking Janke, our captain, for any future weather forecasts or plans for a few days ahead of time and you quickly learn that sailing is about the now, sailing is about the wind and no matter how technically advanced we think we are, nature will be what it will be and we cannot control or plan that! How refreshing… What a unique opportunity this has been to be completely in the moment, focusing on the now without distractions. I wonder if we will be able to learn from this when we all return back to our normal lives?How long will it be before we reach for our phones, laptops or list of jobs? I suspect not too long after arriving in Cape Town, however I hope we can continue to live in the moment as much as possible and seize opportunities to be a little bored. The now, after all is really the only certainty we have.

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