Celebration time!

The first to wish Sorin  Happy Birthday was Google! Then Marilyn Monroe via YouTube and then me, followed by family and friends.

No doubt that it is good to feel loved and pampered. And those of you close to Sorin know that he has no difficulty indulging…Although I have to say that he is now over the times of Handpicked Hotels, our favourite treat in England. He is fully embracing his statute of ‘a cruiser vs. a tourist’ to cite our friend, Andre. So much so that he refused to be treated to an expensive spa day and dinner at Hacienda de Abajo, a Michelin rated venue in Tazacorte.

Sorin checking the offer at Hacienda

Instead he preferred spending time on the local black sandy beach in Tazacorte and enjoy the great company of our friends, fellow cruisers, Evelyne and Andre. His birthday and Evelyne’s are only one day apart.

I thought it would be nice, for the first time in my life, to bake a cake for both. I know this sounds unusual, but why should one bother with home made cakes when it was always much easier to buy! No longer the case…”adaptation is the key to survival”.

Ready for the beach
Playfull Birthday Boy
Birthday cake preparation after a run for missing ingredients
Happy birthday to both of you!
Blowing balloons for Evelyne’s birthday
Party on!

Giving up on a camping trip at the last minute due to the weather forecast up in the mountains, we had a great time celebrating and all the pre-birthday turmoil of how to make Sorin feel special on his big day vanished.

He was treated by our friends with ‘Papas Locas Marinera’ at a local establishment. He offered himself a much desired present – an ocean fishing rod! He hopes to put this to good use during our ocean crossings, despite my concerns of what would mean to pull a beast on deck on rolling seas…

Papas Locas – candle blowing
Sorin and his new toy

Beside celebrations, we fill our time with various jobs on Mehalah, long discovery hikes across deep ravines amongst abundant banana plantations, exercising on the beach at sunset (always better!), etc. And we do make sure to get a lot of sleep ahead of our Atlantic crossing, breaking our record recently when we woke up at around 11:30am!

Ana washing the salt off the headsail
Puerto de Tazacorte – view from Mirador El Time
Banana tree
Our favourite time to exercise

We are now looking forward to the arrival of our friends early November, in anticipation of more celebration and more inland discoveries…

4 thoughts on “Celebration time!”

  1. An extremely belated but very genuine and from the heart happy birthday to Sorin!! I notice we didn’t get any photos of Ana’s cake- it must’ve been a great success ha ha ha!! Good to see you cruisers happy and doing well and I must say the evening exercises are paying off as Sorin definitely looks fitter and slimmer on every blog 🙂 Ana you always look slim and beautiful. All my love guys and look forward to seeing what beasts Sorin’s gonna drag out of the Atlantic with his new birthday present!

    1. A big thank you from Sorin, Maja – both for the birthday wishes and positive feedback! He loves it!:) Enjoy your travels and keep us posted.
      PS: Birthday cake in the featured image of the blog?!

  2. Hi there, I am enjoying your blog. Your model of boat is one that I have looked at with a view to owning one sometime. There is a lot about the design and lay out that I like but I have found little about the handling and sailing performance. If you could tell me something about your experience with the Mariner and how you consider its performance, or if you could refer me to any information you know of I would be very grateful. I notice your boat seems to be a sloop whereas I thought the Mariners were Ketch rigged. Is yours a conversion or was the sloop an alternative option?
    I would be very grateful for anything you can tell me
    Kind Regards
    Gerard (Ireland)

    1. Hi Gerald, Mehalah is a conversion indeed. We cannot express how happy we are with her. From space to safe sailing performance. Couldn’t have made a better choice. Handling is straight forward even if short/single handed. If you require more info, happy to help. Good luck with finding Mehalah’s sister or the vessel that is right for your needs.

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