Tonight you managed to actually rest. It's been your third sleep onboard already and no swinging, repetitive noise or ambient moist can prevent you from sleeping anymore. You could actually have done it without last night's couple of beers. Success.
Smells like coffee, you open your eyes.
Shy beams of light come into your comfortable cabin. It`s 6.30am and you are on a 40 feet sailing the waters of Malta, a Mediterranean archipelago not far from Sicily. But hold on there, the light is so freaking awesome that you forget you hate mornings and just jump out of bed in no time, camera in hand, smile in your face.
How energy took over your snoozing you, is something that cannot be explained. But soon you are all over the place trying to do justice to what`s in front of your eyes.
Coffee. Yes! The first one of many is on the outside table already. Milk, two cubes of sugar. And everybody else enjoying it with you. Those strangers you weren`t sure you would blend with when you came onboard some days back, are now the crew, your fellow sailors if you want.
And you guys are slowly but surely bonding. It`s what happens when you can`t get away. Hate or love and you have chosen the latter one. Why wouldn`t you?
You know what's next.
Engine starts, electricity and water supplies get disconnected, ropes go onboard and once again you are already moving and leaving another port.
Defenders are not needed anymore, sails go up. Hello sailing, long time no see! And from this moment, you make sure all you need for the next couple of hours is outside with you, because you don’t want to test your capacity of getting sea sick.
What takes me to... anti sickness chewing gum, anyone?
As island life, boats have their own rhythm, and you are starting to love it. Another coffee, getting a snack ready, fishing.
Suddenly your life has been largely simplified but it`s way more fulfilling than sitting in front of a screen for ages.
Superficial stuff just vanishes. And a crazy thinking of leaving everything behind and just sailing for longer than this condensed holiday, starts coming over and over to your mind.
Do you guys want to stop here for a swim? A question that clearly needs no answer. Some of the most pristine and turquoise waters you have ever seen in your life are right in front of you!
Anchored, the boat`s moves become very smooth. The sun shines, the temperature is perfect and no jelly fishes are in sight.
And jump again, and again, and yet one more time.
And float, and snorkel, and swim. Go where other yachts are anchored nearby, say hi.
Dance on the water when the speed boats just seem to fly meters away with their loud dance music. '
To just appreciate once they have left how calm and good it feels being in such contact with nature.
Lunch is ready! There are two angels in your boat and they have cooked a delicious meal. You only have to do the dishes later. Deal!
Actually, there are more angels, some others gave away their rights and are sharing a cabin so you can enjoy your own. And this feels like you are the luckiest person on earth, doesn't it?
Rose tastes much better on a yacht, seafish pasta is just the greatest dish ever. Who said you needed a fully equipped kitchen in order to eat something but sandwiches? Well, he might or might not be right. Anyway, that’s exactly what you have!
It's difficult to actually miss something. Two stoves, double sink, oven, a proper fridge and a living room with sofa. There are plug-ins - one per crew member - two complete bathrooms, three cabins and enough storage room.
And it all makes a lot of sense. How cupboards open, how the coffee pot balances along with the waves, how the shower keeps the bathroom clean, how electricity works. Brilliant!
You wake up again.
A power nap after all the jumping and eating and you are ready to start all over.
Adorable sound, you are welcome. The skipper reduces boat speed, you guys have fished something!
Surprise, unlike the last three times when a protected fish was returned to its habitat and you felt like a Greenpeace`s warrior as well as a bit hungry, this one time it's a bigger catch and you will have it for dinner!
Light is starting to become awesome once again. Everything looks 10 times more stunning on a yacht. At sunset. Perhaps it is only because you are still not used to so much awesomeness, but nothing wrong with that. You are enjoying it like a child.
And if there is a time for what ice-cold beer was made for, this is sunsets. Bring them on.
Look at that delicacy on the table. From the sea to the table in two hours.
Life cannot get much better than this.
Light is pretty much gone now, and you have anchored in a quiet bay, no other human being on sight. It is just you, the rest of the crew and the boat.
Laughs and wine. Deep conversations under a clear and star-packed sky.
Who would have thought that being happy was so easy?
The author spent 5 days and 5 nights alongside with other 3 travel bloggers sailing the islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino thanks to the Malta Tourism Authority invitation. Them, along with Domina Charters and Steve, the yacht skipper, made the experience unforgettable.