Posts tagged travel
are we trying to break into an unbreakable industry...

deciding to uproot and leave home, our jobs and sell all our belongings to have an adventure was inciting and exciting. we headed to florida to try and join the super yacht industry in a bid to fund our eventual plan of sailing our own yacht six months of the year and work for six months on super yachts to top up the bank account. with seasonal gigs all over the world; the med, the caribbean, the indian ocean, the south pacific - it all sounds exotic and intoxicating. 

we have now been in fort lauderdale for 52 days and while we are have slightly passed go, we are not yet anywhere near where we thought we would be at this point and are certainly not ready to collect $200 (a monopoly reference for you tazzy).

we have had daywork, have made some great new friends and met some potential future crew mates, but we are yet to find a captain to commit to giving this hard-working australian couple the thumbs up for something more permanent. 

having transferable skills from our former careers, me with my hospitality, events management, budget keeping, barista training, bar and cocktail making and kurt with his carpentry, sailing, abseiling, crane and wince operations and combined - being padi open water divers, both having a love of water sports and the ocean; we think we have some desirable friggin skills. but who knows, we are not the ones doing the hiring. 

things are not all bad on this emotional rollercoaster though, we have both had a coupe of job offers, however they were either positions on "absolutely not couple friendly" yachts or smaller yachts that rarely leave florida, or the back of the owners property and had a not so desirable itineraries.

right now is prime-time to be in fort lauderdale looking to get on a yacht heading to the caribbean so captains have the creme de la creme of yachties to choose from. which technically puts us way down the list and we keep getting told by seasoned crew that if we can just wait it out another four weeks, when other green crew run out of money and have to go home, job prospects will look up. 

so what to do? we have some leads that we are following up and are busy trying to convince crew agents to fight in our corner. we do know what we are not willing to split up and go in opposite directions, as some of our friends have opted to do. we are not opposed to temporary gigs for a month or so on separate yachts so perhaps we focus our energies on this.

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our final few days...

we spent our last few days in lovely santa monica staying in a gorgeous room we booked on

airbnb

. if you plan on driving in la (which is known as a driving city) then beware! your stress levels will elevate, as will your need to consume vast amounts of alcohol, even with gps. this was our base for exploring hollywood, beverly hills and westwood. we purchased a map of the movie stars homes and basked in the gardens of chateau marmont. we made the most of delicious tex-mexican and the amazing bargains at the citadel outlets. our last evening was spent watching the sun set behind the malibu hills at paradise cove and dining on delectable seafood with desley and ted over some amazing californian sauvignon blanc.

travelling south on highway 1...

the all american road trip is synonymous to most travellers looking for adventure, landscapes and history. weather it be route 66, the avenue of the giants, monument valley or the million dollar highway - most head on some type of road trip through the usa, once in their lifetime. this trip, we headed south on california 1 (highway 1 or the pacific coast highway) and followed the scenic road from san francisco right down to santa monica in los angeles. it was everything we could have imagined.

weather it was pulling over to a vista point atop the plummeting cliffs, stopping to admire the towering red-woods lining the road, enjoying a world famous seafood and clam chowder in a bun and watching sea lions frolic in the surf or enjoying homemade apple and strawberry cider at a road side stall, we basked in every second of our four day journey.

we visited the bigger towns such as santa cruz, san luis obispo and monterey bay and enjoyed the quainter ones such as carmel and big sur (which to be honest, were our favourites). we loved the wine tasting in los olives and watching the sunsetting over an open fire along the ocean front at santa barbara with the lovely desley and ted. an enjoyable trip that everyone must take, at some point. (i went a bit crazy with photos - i hope you enjoy…)

day four - ahhh the cobblestone streets of little italy…

today has been pretty manic. we woke to blaring sirens and billows of smoke coming from uptown and upon turning on the news, found out the two buildings had exploded on park avenue and that all train lines heading north were suspended until further notice. the scary thing for new yorkers is that the first thing that comes to mind is a terrorism attack and that was exactly the first thing off the tip of most peoples tongues this morning. we now know that there was a major gas leak and there were some fatalities.

our day today consisted of meandering the old worldly streets of soho and little italy before heading into china town for a peak around and in search of some dumplings. little italy really is everything you would imagine and more. tables and chairs line the streets and sleek italians greet you as you walk by, ciao bella are you ready for lunch. its idyllic and i hope that one september we may be in town to attend the san gennaro feast - where restaurants take to the streets in a three day festival with authentic italian foods, wine and entertainment all the while, soaking up the last of the summer sun. divine.

china town was pretty similar to any other china town you may find around the globe. stores, restaurants and markets all flow from one another with various herbal medicine stores and some fake bag stores thrown into the mix, make for a crazy and smell-ified experience. smells come from every direction, good, putrid and interesting. unfortunately we were unable to find any dumplings so headed on back to soho to nosh on some pizza and beer for lunch.

although our feet were screaming at us to stop, we headed uptown to see times square before the weather takes a turn for the worst in the coming days. it was just as hectic was one would imagine with people, billboards and cars thickly lining every street. tonight we are heading to a comedy club. greenwich village is famous for its comedy clubs as well as jazz and blues clubs, so thats on the agenda for tomorrow night.

we are thoroughly enjoying exploring the restaurants around soho and the west village, as well as the shopping spots that pop up when you are on your way from one place to another. this morning we stubbled upon a great little store called oatmeals. a restaurant where all food on the menu (apart from the coffee) is based around oats, and its amazing. i had a four fruit oatmeal bowl with almond milk and organic honey and kurt treated himself of a mama-bear bowl of banana, peanut butter and honey oats with full fat milk. delicious.