Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A New Adventure

There comes a time in every person's life when she must ask herself, "do I want to move to Papua New Guinea?"

It isn't always "Papua New Guinea." Sometimes it is "a new town." Or "take a different job." Or "go back to school." It just happens to be Papua New Guinea in my case, because that is the way my life seems to work. Like Belle, I want adventure in the great wide somewhere. I'll just never be the one with the big house, the minivan, the soy latte and the lululemons. I'd rather learn Tok Pisin.

Moving aboard was a big DIWTMTPNG moment for me. I had no sailing experience. I had a comfortable life. I had friends and family nearby. Why give all that up? To have an adventure with my husband and kids. To do something new. To experience a different slice of life and travel the world. And when I viewed it in those terms, going cruising changed from being an idea to an opportunity. So, of course, I said yes.

I've spent a lot of time over the past four years writing about how great cruising is, and how much we all enjoy it. All true. However, two facts have combined into an unstoppable, Voltron-like robot in the lives of the Papillon crew. One: it's time to earn some money if we want to continue to enjoy luxuries like Lanocote and food. Two: Erik loves his work with a ridiculous passion. It is easier to get barnacles off the prop than to pry him away from an interesting project.

It grieves me to say so, but he has fallen off the sabbatical wagon. Erik walks the razor's edge between his two loves - his family, and his work. I can't really complain, because I have won that battle for four years now, and I do enjoy the aforementioned food his work provides. And normally Erik is at least home on the weekends. But the flight connections between New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea aren't exactly plentiful or convenient. And this has been going on for too long.

Thus, we've decided on a new adventure. For the next half year, the four of us will live together in a small village in Papua New Guinea. The kids will attend an international school there and tumble around like puppies with the many, many other youngsters in town. Erik will work. And I'll write. (Which is also work, but, unless you are very, very lucky, you tend to get paid more in personal satisfaction than in cold, hard cash.)

Where does this leave you, dear reader? Well, I will still be here on Sailing Papillon, telling tales of our adventures. But there won't be much sailing or Papillon. If you are only here for the cruising stories, then mark your calendar for early April 2015. I'll be back aboard at that point. If you love me anyway, then stick around. This is a just a brief sabbatical from our sabbatical, and there will still be lots going on.

In the meantime, I'll set you all some homework.  Keep your eyes open for your own: "do I want to move to Papua New Guinea?" moments. And when they arrive, remember: the answer is always yes.


Anonymous said...

To PNG & all the adventures that await the 4 of you there.
Mom & Dad

Anonymous said...

Karen and I will be sticking with you, always enjoy your writing style, and you are correct, always say yes to a new adventure. Karen and I have started on our new build, exciting and scary at the same time. Sure makes you feel alive, and enjoying meeting new people on this adventure. Enjoy, looking forward to your new sabbatical!! John M.

Anonymous said...

You guys have fun. We are living vicariously through you and your family
Sean Weylie

elizabeth said...

a friend sent me over to your blog . . . i just finished signing up for online classes that will allow me to finish a degree which i started working toward in 1998 and put on hold in 2001. here i go! YES! and our little family of four is making plans for a big move - about 1700 miles away from where we are now - once again - YES! all kinds of adventures. i will look forward to following yours.

Clubtray Sailing said...

I read adventure blogs every time. Your blog is just added to my list. Great posting.

Anonymous said...

Great Adventures. I kinda spent the whole they just reading the blogs :) very interesting. Welcome to Papua New Guinea and make yourself at home.

I will be following you with your blogs.