In around six weeks’ time we will be back on our yacht Fandancer, in Greece, and planning this summer’s sailing trip.
I’m already thinking ahead about what items I will take back to the boat. I don’t mean things like clothes and shoes, as I will be leaving all my winter wardrobe behind. I’m looking forward to wearing no socks or shoes, no thick sweaters, no jeans, no coat. We mostly live in shorts and tee shirts, and flip flops. Or swimming costumes. I quite like just wrapping myself in a sarong.
- I’m thinking about those small items that are mostly unavailable in Greece. Products I might use in the galley which remind me of UK. For example, tea bags. Yes, I’m British, I have to drink a lot of tea and it’s very hard to find the brand I like in Greece.
2. Also, things such as particular spices I like to use in my cooking. It’s much easier to take them with me, then spend hours scouring Greek mini-markets for something they probably won’t have.
3. I’ve never seen lazy garlic in a jar, outside the UK. Yes, I could go to a Greek greengrocers and buy fresh garlic and chop it up myself, but remember we are often out of reach of any shops for several days, and it’s nice to have something handy in the larder locker.
4. Favourite toiletries. They usually have a good range in Greece but it tends to be expensive. Much easier to pop a new bottle of my favourite Oil of Olay face cream in my luggage.
5. I’ll treat myself to a bottle of my favourite perfume and take it to Greece with me. Also, maybe a new lipstick. It’s too hot to wear make-up in the summer, it just slides off your face, so a squirt of perfume and some lipstick is my whole make-up regime when I go out in the evening!
6. Some new underwear. I’ve never seen anything I want to buy in Greece, I’ll treat myself to some nice things from good old M&S (quality UK clothes store). I might also splash out on a new swimsuit…..
7. A small sketch book and some new pencils. Sometimes I have the urge to sit on deck and draw what I can see. Maybe a donkey, or part of an old building, and I love sketching peoples’ faces in a taverna, without them knowing.
8. A few new glossy magazines. Very expensive, and usually a month old when you find them in Greece. I’ll keep flicking through them over several months, usually when we are miles out at sea, far away from civilisation….
9. Finally, my most treasured possessions, small framed photos of my children and grandchildren. I miss them so much when I’m on the yacht…..
10. Ooh – Marmite! I nearly forgot the Marmite! Probably another British thing. Almost impossible to find in Greece…..
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