We have sold the house, bought an apartment, rented out said apartment, sold our second car, packed up our life and put it into storage and now in a couple of days we will fly away to the boat in Burgundy.
This year is different. Alan has retired and we will be away for almost six months. We’ve shrunk our possessions in New Zealand into a 70m sq apartment and a 3x3m storage unit. It’s quite liberating actually. On the other side of the world we have our 11.5m boat. You can’t fit much in there either!
We are flying on Singapore Airlines this year. One stop between Christchurch and Paris sounds amazing after the last three years of multiple legs and hours on the ground. Only 31 hours from wheels up to touch down. Sheer luxury. Well, that’s stretching it somewhat. No one looks forward to being jammed into cattle class with the screaming babies and smelly armpits of the masses but needs must. The halcyon days of business class are but a cherished memory.
But I am not complaining. We have worked hard to make this dream a reality. Three years ago we made a plan and set ourselves some goals. We started looking at boats online, narrowing down what we needed and what we wanted and our price bracket. We found a lovely English speaking broker and we started squirrelling away Euros when the exchange rate was good. We bought our boat last year and this year we have almost six months to cruise the French canals in a (very) leisurely manner.
I can’t wait 🙂
Stay tuned. I will be blogging about the ups and downs of this lifestyle we have chosen in all its glory. No doubts there will be mishaps and misunderstandings (with my halting French) but it’s should be a bit of a laugh!
I love hearing who has been reading and following along so please do leave a comment, question or suggestion. I appreciate it.
Karen and Alan