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Monday, April 26, 2010

Seasickness (or why I am not fluent in Spanish)

I claimed that I'd be fluent in Spanish by the time we got here. I mean, I knew I wouldn't be fluent, but I'd definitely envisioned spending 4+ hours per day on the boat working with the Rosetta Stone. And I thought I'd be happily chattering away with waiters using some super-gringofied Spanglish.

As it was, the weather was kind of miserable when we left Harbour Island last Sunday. There was a period where we had 6-8' seas and I was the most uncomfortable I'd ever been on a boat. Monday was much better, but I was nervous and took some Dramamine. That put me in a coma for about six hours. Tuesday was the first awesome day and I did complete two lessons, but being on my laptop required me to leave the deck and hang out in the salon. On Wednesday, the weather was gorgeous, the water was gorgeous, and I was actually able to READ on the deck. There was no way I was spending the day inside. (Especially since I was reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which is a GREAT book if you haven't already read it) Ditto on Thursday.

Yann and I are starting to realize that we need to impose a little bit of structure to our days. It's only been two weeks since I left work and I think a bit of relaxing was necessary to downshift into a different lifestyle. However, I know that I don't want to spend the next year on perma-vacation. Since we're unproductive members of society at the moment, we're going to have to figure out how to inject some discipline into this project. Stay tuned for how that manifests itself!


  1. Bravo, I am digging every minute of this! Perhaps you can give yourself license to table the Rosetta Stone until South America, when you two can do a program where you live with a family and study Spanish for a month.

  2. What cha reading now? I love Girl W/Dragon Tattoo. Itching to read the second book.