Thursday, 22 March 2012


Some guy once said that it's the drudgery of life that will kill you. Not the major catastrophes and earth shattering disasters we may face, but the mundane monotony of every day life because the human condition is such that we can survive and even thrive in crisis. But there's no way out of the drudgery.

I have a love/hate relationship with this time of the year. I love it because the sun is hot and the wind is cool and I always want to go sailing. I hate it because for some reason, I'm always depressed around this time of the year. Perhaps its a seasonal change, or maybe it's because I'm in the middle of a war, but I've been feeling particularly stressed and anxious lately. And my coping mechanism is to daydream. Getting lost in a reverie is my escape from the drudgery of life.

Speaking of sailing, one of the things I've always wanted to do was sail / cruise around the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. The Med (and her sister oceans) win in terms of priority.

There is so much I'd love to see on a Med cruise that I don't think I'd be able to cram it all in on just one trip - unless that trip is at least 6 months long.

I'd love to go to Malta...
And Casablanca in Morocco...
And the Amalfi coast as well as the Isle of Capri...

And for the longest time, I've wanted to go to Dubrovnik, Croatia. There is something enchanting about the thought of sailing on the Dalmatian Coast.

Montenegro also features high on my list.

And then there's Santorini

And maybe one day I'll return to my beloved Gibraltar

So many places... so little time.


  1. The journey of a thousand mlles begins with a single step . . .

    Have you checked you're not a SAD sufferer?

  2. Daydreaming/imaginative hope is what keeps a lot of us from ever getting completely bored or too miserable. I hope it continues to help you cope.

  3. Could it be that you tire of the hot sun and long for the chill of winter?

  4. beautiful places, really. maybe you need a short holiday to freshen u up?

    i've been day-dreaming a lot these few weeks and i think it's not good for me for some reason :P

  5. Good morning, Azra. Ive been to Dubrovnik, Croatia. It's a definite yes yes. It's beautiful. The water's extremely salty, though.

  6. RCB - the saline content in the Dubrovnik area is a lot like Cozumel/Belize in the Western Caribbean area - farther from the circulation of less saline water.

    Azra - you suffer from the same problem as the rest of us. Why wasn't I born filthy rich instead of just impossibly good looking?

  7. @LL - I've learned something today. And I've just had breakfast.

  8. I'm a day dreamer too! And now I want to come on this sailing trip too :)

  9. Colin
    I'm almost positive that I suffer from some mild form of SAD, particularly because I always feel like this in Autumn / Winter - never during the other seasons.

    Roving Retorter
    It's amazing what a good day dream can do for your mood :) Although, sometimes I get tired of dreaming and want the reality.

    Gorilla Bananas
    I don't long for a South African winter, that's for sure. Our winters are absolutely horrid mostly because central heating (as a norm and standard) doesn't exist in this part of the world - my Scandinavian aunt can testify to the torture that is our winter.

    A long permanent holiday is more like it Jaya. Short holidays aren't for me :)

    Salty water I can live with Randy. Its a small price to pay for bliss!

    I always wanted to be rich just to travel at my leisure. And I always wanted to be good looking too. And then I thought if I can't be either, then it would be ok if I could at least sing. But alas, I'm neither of the three... a talentless wonder :P

    The more the merrier... I'd love to land on the island of the Lotus Eaters and waste my life away in a reverie.

  10. I've seriously considered working on a cruise ship just to be able to visit a handful of beautiful coastal towns and cities along the way. You get room & board, along with a salary. Depending on which job you have on board, you also have the freedom to visit each of the towns or cities the ship stops off at.