In the summer of 2011 honors graduate in law, Joshua Eijndhoven, left the Netherlands with his 34 foot sailing yacht to explore the world. In eight months he sailed via the Cape Verde Islands to Brazil. Joshua maintains a blog and writes articles with pictures for this website, the Telegraaf and Zilt magazine.
A lot of work
It is raining as it is rainy season in Salvador. My sweet Hope has spent 14 months without me. I feel guilty for leaving her alone so long. I couldn’t be missed long at work to visit her but still. I work from sunset to dawn to brush away my sense of guilt. I have the woodwork restored, install new LED lights and in the front I have a bed made. It is a lot of work but I enjoy doing it.
Katia helps me on board but she still has to get used to our new life. It is the first time she has left her country. And although Hope and her seem to click, the memories of our work in the Cape Verdes are fresh. We worked together on a yacht for a starting company; Katia as hostess, I as captain. We made crazy hours, often 12 hours a day for six days a week. We started with passion but with the management far away in Europe it wasn’t always easy. But now we only work for ourselves. And when after two weeks, we converted the front into to our own small bedroom we are tired but satisfied.
Netherlands and Rio
After two weeks I fly to the Netherlands for the wedding of my brother. Katia flies to Rio with a group of gays which she met in Salvador. I enjoy the wedding and it is good to see my friends again. Meanwhile Katia is exploring Rio’s crazy night life. Ten days later we return to Salvador. We are now really going to live aboard Hope! After another two weeks of work on the boat we install the sun protector and we are ready. But then it starts to rain again. Damn it! Grey clouds fill the sky and the weather forecast predicts rain, rain and rain!
Stoned hippies in nature
We change course. We take the bus to Chapada Diamantina, a nature reserve some 500 km inland. That night we celebrate a party with a bottle of wine and some Cape Verdean Grogue. In the morning we head out with our tent and camping gear. The park turns out to be one of the most special in Brazil and is incredibly beautiful. In the valley where we arrive an international hippy community lives. Brilliant! The inhabitants are stoned the entire day and dressed in hippy gowns. Everywhere we find Eastern art. After a couple of days we verge into the wild where we sleep in our tent and cook on self made fires.
After the wild we are back in the hippy village. Tonight we take the bus back and the day after tomorrow we go cruising the Bahia. Good weather or not, we are going to sail the world, Caribbean here we come!