Aged twelve and two thirds…..
Questions to a European traveller aged twelve and two thirds.
What did you have to give up when you left England?
I left a lot really, all the usual ” kid stuff”School, friends, house, British t.v. English language, big bedroom, sleepovers…..
What do you miss most about the stuff you gave up?
I miss my friends the most because I had known them for about nine years and I had just started to be able to go off places with them on our own, like to the beaches and cycling and stuff like that.
I used to have friends that I used to go fishing with and go down the fly cellars catching mackerel, and I used to go off with Gary who was the sailing club commodore out on his hobby cat. We know Gary cause he helped crew our yacht from Trieste down to Corfu, the first year we got it. That was the start of all my adventures really, cause we met Geoff and Gary and Ken there and continued sailing the boat down to Turkey. With them all. I still get to sail even if it’s not in the Hobies, I just sail bigger boats now!
So, you live on a boat, right? Did you have to leave a lot of your things behind? What was the most difficult to part with?
The thing that was most difficult for me to have to leave behind when we left Newquay for good was my airfix models. It was my main hobby and I couldn’t take them because there wasn’t enough room in my cabin to have them all on display like I did at home. ( I did sneak some with me packed in a carton… They’re in the anchor locker, shh! Don’t tell Geoff!)
How is school as a traveller? How does homeschool compare to School school?
I prefer home schooling to real English school as I’m the only one in the class and the time revolves around me! In “school school” the day would be noisy, loud and busy with disruptions, there isn’t much focus on one child.
I guess the up side of “real school” is that you do get to kick about with other kids and you can socialise and make friends with people your own age. I would quite like to be able to do chemistry experiments too in science lessons, mum did try to get a chemistry set sent out to the Canary Islands as a xmas present from England for me, strangely nobody would deliver!! The language is also a barrier at the moment for me and makes trying to make friends quite difficult, also we’ve been on the move for so long that we aren’t really in a place long enough for me to meet kids my age and make many friends.
So I’m looking forward to be able to spend more time in Turkey. I can make more friends this time and learn the language properly. It will be so funny watching Geoff try and learn Turkish though, I’m looking forward to that!
Which is your favourite country that you’ve stopped over in or travelled through?
My favourite Country that I’ve been to is obviously Turkey. Turkey’s lovely!
When you’re in the towns, walking through the Grand Bazzare, western and eastern cultures come together and make a striking, vivid combination. I love it!
The people are friendly and the scenery is stunning.
We Sail, so we’ve chosen Turkey to live. The waters are warm, the sailing ground is fine. There are lots of bays and coves where we can anchor and we spend a lot of time swimming and paddle boarding from the back of the boat as the waters are always calm. The dogs love the yacht, and this year, now we have the tent I can row ashore and camp on the beaches if I want….. With the wild pigs………….er…
Where was the least favourite place that you’ve visited?
I really didn’t like Bulgaria. Once we had a really bad experience in a place called Plovdiv which is East of Sofia. We were meant to stay at this hotel, but the area was well dodgy and the hotel was playing heavy gangsta rap ( man!!) around the pool. So we didn’t even check in, we just kept going to Turkey….
Where in the world would you most like to explore?
The place that I would most like to go to to explore would be St. Petersburgh in Russia and explore the streets and the culture there. That cathedral with the very colourful spirals on the river is just something that draws me to this city. I think I would also like to visit the people’s palace, it’s a bit like Buckingham palace but bigger – it’s where the Russian royal family used to live – I can’t remember if it’s in St Petersburgh or in Romania.
I’ll also like to explore Finland, would love to go there to se the aurora beaurealis.
Mind you, I guess you could see that in Cambridge………..
What’s the most essential piece of kit for you when you are on your road trips?
I think my most important bit of kit at the moment on this road trip is my I pad, I’m not really a techno junkie but now that I’m blogging on line and trying to become a celebrity technological nomad, it is vital.
Also for planning routes, distances, finding hotels and campsites and checking out stuff in the areas we are visiting. It can do virtually anything, except it can’t cut down a tree. So better put the Swiss Army knife as second.
Aaaah, better put down my travel bands!!
Believe it or not I get car sick!!!! These little beauties mean I don’t need to take travel sickness pills anymore, these bands work on pressure points on your wrist, don’t ask me how- but they do, and I’m so glad that we thought I should give them a try on this trip. Prior to these I had shares in ” joyrides ”
What’s the most important piece of kit for you when you are sailing over in the med?
That’s simple…Sun cream is top of the list! Then drinking water.
It’s so hot over in Turkey that de hydration is always a risk. It’s interesting that if you asked me the same question about sailing in England it would have to be my life jacket.
There are differing risks all the time when you are sailing anywhere. I used to have this Dvd about cold water shock, l was really hung up on the dangers of it….. You could die from cold water shock before anybody even attempted to rescue you, if you went overboard in the UK waters.
Well, thanks for answering all of my questions, Casey- is there anything you would like to add for your readers?
Slovenia, which is where we are driving through at the moment, is really pretty.
It’s like an alpine setting, with houses with undulating roofs.
I imagine that the Slovenians are a cross between leprechauns and German lumberjacks, a bit like the men that pop out of cuckoo clocks wearing leiderhoussen and drinking from tankards of foamy beer. The language is colourful too;
Dolgy most = picnic area
Vinakoper = wine shop
McDonalds = McDonalds ( so very unimaginative )
Dober Dan = Hello
Napcnar smar = stop