Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.
Mary Ritter Beard
In 2006 Marcin left Poland and went to the UK, looking for a better future for both of us. I have joined him nine months later, resigning from my job as a teacher. I remember arriving at Luton airport, suddenly surprised that I was able to leave our families and friends behind and that my life in Poland fit into one suitcase I was desperately holding to. We have left everything behind – the life we built, our lovely flat and our loved once.
We did not know what it’s going to happen, how much our life is going to change, how much we are going to miss everyone. Leaving everything behind is not easy, but sometimes you must do what is best for you and take the risk, otherwise you are going to ask yourself the most hated question ever – What would happen if…
There are no ifs in our life now, there is only how and when. We travel, we sail, we work. We try to find a balance and even though we have achieved a lot, we are still on a journey, not thinking about the destination, as the journey itself is what matters. For us travelling creates a sense of freedom and independence, teaches us things we did not know about ourselves and makes us better people – more tolerant, forgiving and understanding.
Our life at this point is pretty much steady and predictable. We both have a 9-5 jobs, a place to call home, steady income. But we have a passion for travelling and sailing as well. And this passion is taking us further and further. It is making us to rethink our steady life, perhaps we are getting ready to leave the so called “rat race”, kick our fears and live differently. At least for a while!
In 2015 we have started our sailing training. So far we have managed to sail from Bergen to Reykjavik on a lovely boat Brego, and I am proud to say we have crossed the North Atlantic Ocean!!! There was as well a sailing trip and more training – this time on the Baltic Sea! This trip, which we finished on the 1 October 2016, gave us further sailing qualifications and now we are proud to announce that we are YACHT SKIPPERS! In February 2017 we have passed our RYA SRC/VHF Radio course. This year we made further sailing trips – one in the first week of May (Liapri Islands), then in June sailing around Malta, Gozo and Sicily for two weeks and in September went to Poland to try for a Coastal Skipper RYA qualifications, sailing on a Baltic Sea again.
In 2018 we sailed more – we spent two weeks sailing around Greece in June and then two more weeks sailing from Norway to Denmark. This year we are taking a break in sealing, and will be working on learning more about navigation, map reading and planning passages.
Life can be exciting and what is more important, life can be what you wish it to be, not necessary what it supposed to be, in the eyes of others. So travel, live, love and sail!