Closing Argument, For The Time Being!

This might be one of the hardest post to write. Its duty is to fill you in on the reason for what has been the longest absence I have taken from Aluna’s Travel the World blog since we started this amazing journey almost exactly eight years ago. Change is in the air! Big change!

Almost to the date eight years ago Aluna set out to sea under the Golden Gate Bridge that connects the city of San Francisco with the Marine County headlands to the north. It was with a deep disdain for the global corporate culture of consumption that this daredevil adventure had been set in motion and a good six of those eight years have been spent away from it all, or at least so we tried to kid ourselves. We have seen, lived and learned an unmeasurable lot and the most pertinent conclusion of it all is that there is no away from it all anymore. The culture of plastic wrapped and artificially and exaggeratedly sweetened goods has reached the gloomy eyes of every lone inhabitant of even the most remote little spec of land on our aching planet Earth. There is no sense anymore in running away!

There are reasons of personal finances too, but those are not the actual mover of things as we like to conclude with ever suspicious haste. Our batteries are charged, our vision is clear, it’s time to go in and work the system from the inside. I have accepted a teaching position at a Waldorf School in Switzerland, and we will be living in Langnau im Emmental for the next couple of years, far far away from the soothing swashing of the surf, hoping to instill some of the much-needed love of life in the next generation, who will have to find ways to deal with the big mess ours has created.

But this is by no means the end of Aluna’s travel. We were amongst the many options toying with the idea of outright selling her, but her uniqueness does not make that an easy undertaking. Storing her here in Australia for such an extended period also does not make any sense at all. We would pay an outrageous amount of money pretty much to have her slowly rot away under the tropical sun. By fortunate coincidence some German sailing friends we have met a couple of years ago in Tonga and then again in New Zealand, ever since they sold their small sailboat and returned to Stuttgart, had voiced interest in Aluna in sporadic spurts of electronic communication. Sophie and her Trinidadian partner Junior, in the meantime proud parents of two beautiful kids, have just last week booked a long haul flight this coming September from Germany to Brisbane. They will be taking Aluna on a run to New Caledonia and Vanuatu to celebrate their very own escape from the lands of consumption and along the way provide their offspring with the perfect opportunity to see a good bit of the real world out there, where fear can be embraced as the vociferous pointer it is towards the very lands of freedom.

I might sporadically continue to babble on here on this blog for a good bit more. There are many open ends to be tied up here, about the meaning of it all when looking back, about the spurts of continuous upgrades to Aluna’s fitness for aquatic life done here between those two concrete piles in the Brisbane river, about our half year spent in Australia without sighting a single koala bear nor kangaroo, and of course about the strongly resonating echoes of our extensive travelling that will most certainly illuminate our temporary return amongst the settlers of houses, those badly built boats so firmly aground that you cannot think of moving them.

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10 Responses to “Closing Argument, For The Time Being!”

  1. srveirs Says:

    Well, Beat, I will miss your oceanic updates, but hope you’ll still spin us yarns of enlightenment from your new Waldorfian foundations. Congratulations on the worthy pursuit of inculcating the masses! I have always agreed that teaching is done best and is surely most satisfying as a subversive activity.

    • alunaboat Says:

      Hey Scott, thanks for your wise advise, and yep, the yarning, like the yearning, needs to continue!
      And keep up that great work with orcasound!

  2. Vera Says:

    Wishing you and Beatriz all the best for the coming years. A new chapter in life with new challenges.
    A Waldorf school, similar to a Rudolf Steiner school?
    Teaching is such an important profession, hopefully your young charges will be open to your views on Society and what is happening to this world, no doubt human beings have the most destructive influence of all beings on our world.
    If you can influence a new generation to care for our world, you will have done a great deal of good, probably much more so than during your years on Aluna, but how you will miss miss your seafaring life!

  3. Mario Says:

    Hi Beat and Beatriz,

    Greetings from the birthplace of Aluna! I can’t help feeling this journey is stopping and as with all things, another change is in the offing. It won’t be so bad, says this one tired rooted soul. You can travel still and you won’t need to bring your house with you. And that’s the only solace you can fool yourselves into accepting, as it sounds almost true.
    I guess I’ll never get to join you on one of these island jaunts like we talked about so many endless hours ago. Alas I waited too long or you gave up too soon. It’s a good memory nonetheless for having the boat built in my backyard — so many times I’ve regaled others with the story. I hope you keep the blog up, doesn’t cost you much I presume.
    Drop me a line one of these days. Can you still visit the US? Or you’re with done with trumpland?

    • alunaboat Says:

      Thanks for your comment, will drop you a line soon. And don’t you worry, the journey is not over, there will be more to come!
      Visiting Trumpland? Not a good time, we’ll wait for the nightmare to pass…

  4. Rudy of Hilo Says:

    I was proofing a comment I typed up for you and I accidentally pushed the back button and it flew off into cyberspace. Happy to hear about your new teaching job. Hug Aluna Tuna for us. She will always return to you because you built her with SUPPER BOOMERANG capabilities. Please send me once again you email address. We will all remember that no one can Beat the Beats…Pun intended.

    Rudy and Dora of Hill.

  5. Andrew Davidson Says:

    So its all over – and you’re off to Switzerland the absolute home of democracy and social capitalism – just getting old like the rest of us and have to settle down sometime – join the rest of the world – good luck.
    Pity you were so critical about corporate stuff – now you’ve gone to live in their homeland – hope you can help improve it, but I doubt it, you’re a beaten man, they won in the end – mostly they always do – in the end.

    Andrew

    • alunaboat Says:

      It continues to amaze me how easy it is for us to judge others. While I truly appreciate your very alert wake up call, I must insist upon the importance to very personally enter the belly of the beast instead of running away from it. If I, like you, see them winning, I must raise up and take a very sharp aim…

  6. Andrew Davidson Says:

    Hi,
    Accepted – but you set yourself up to be shot down and judged heavily with all your remarks about how bad the ‘other’ world was – and now you are going to join it. Its NOT that bad, which is why we all live in it ! and escape from it when we can – but we don’t shoot it down – you did. That’s my point – you sound like Jeremy Corbyn!
    You were (and are) amazingly fortunate – to be able to do what you have done and return to the ‘bad world’ (Switzerland!) and pursue you next chosen career…….. five thousand million people on this planet don’t get that opportunity – ever.
    Well done – but please give the whinging a miss.
    Lucky Man
    Andrew

  7. alunaboat Says:

    As you set an, albeit quite reasonable, example yourself, you are shot down and judged heavily with whatever you say and do. And the whinging is good for the soul 😉

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