The Papageno Diaries!

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From Sailboats to Canalboats

I’ve got some news.

I’m selling Papageno.

There, I said it!

I’ve had some amazing opportunities come my way since being back in the UK, and it’s time to realise a few dreams of mine. So here they are-

Writing Books-

I’ve been fighting and working towards a writing career all of my life. My world revolves around books and creating them. They are my deepest passion. I have now been given an opportunity to dedicate myself to some really exciting projects, and now is the time to do that.

Canal Cruising-

I’ve been saying for nearly a year now as well of how I want to pursue river cruising. It’s time to take the leap! I am selling Papageno to buy a canal boat in the UK where Leela and I can be together, family can be close and to be able to travel Britain’s waterways. I have already seen several boats and I’m ready to make that decision.

Leela and family-

Finalising the choice is Leela and my family. I adopted Leela with the promise that I would give her the best life possible. Leela is happy in England and it would be unfair to uproot her. She loves my family, she can run, play and the weather is far kinder to a long-haired dog. I don’t want to be apart from her any more on trips. She comes first. For the first time, I have been developing an actual relationship with my nephew. He’s six. I’ve been going back and forth for the past three years, and now since being back since May, we have bonded, and I don’t want to be parted from him either. I see my family around twice a week. And that feels so special.

Beautiful Britain-

I deeply love this country and haven’t explored it as much as I would have liked. I’m intending on travelling the waterways as far as I can go by canal boat with Leela, exploring the countryside and the historical places that I’ve been obsessed about for a long time. I’ve been travelling a lot now searching for something. Always trying to be in the right place at the right time for that something. For the first time in a long time, I feel like that place is simply all about being happy. And this choice makes me that.

I’ve been feeling like this for a long time. I know I could go back in the new year and finish Papageno. But I think it’s time to pass her onto someone with more time and dedication. She has come so far and is so close to competition- we both deserve a fresh start.

It’s the right choice for me to remain in the UK and to dedicate myself to this author life with Leela, whilst creating a home for us on the waterways. We visited a boat yesterday and we will be going back tomorrow to have a further inspection.

I want to do what makes me happy. And knowing Papageno is going to someone who has that passion to take her on adventures would make me so happy. Papageno has come SO FAR. I’m so proud of her and what we have accomplished. We brought her from the brink and created an amazing adventure. I made so many lifelong friends, and I’m grateful for every experience she taught me.

I’m really happy about this decision for mine and Leela’s adventure. It’s a whole new world of boating, but at least I already have some experience. I’m going to be getting down and dirty with a semi project, but at least this time I’ll be able to speak the language, be 30mins away form my apartment, have family and friends to help, and that beautiful English weather. Oh! And the tea. Can’t forget the tea.

This decision kind of outlines on the reason why I’ve been a lot quieter on social media. I wanted to process this decision and do what is right for Leela and I. We are so EXCITED for the future. And we are excited for whoever takes the plunge on their adventure with Papageno.

So, if you would like to make an offer on Papageno, to become her new Captain, and want to make her your home on the ocean, contact me.

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1 comment

  1. Congratulations! I was feeling the same vibes thru your silence and trusted patiently that you would make these awesome decisions of the heart. Much luv 💓

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