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May 2, 2002

Palma to Cala Portals

Today I finally got out of Palma marina, and sailed down the coast to a lovely bay called Cala Portals. On the way out of Palma I passed a huge superyacht called Limitless which I haven't seen since St Maarten in the Caribbean. It was supposedly the biggest yacht (130m?) around at that time and rumour had it that it belonged to Mr Gates. I have a blurred recollection of going over to it one night after several beers and asking to speak to Bill to complain about Windows but the crew aren't very friendly.

It's really pleasant to be anchored again and away from the town. Cala Portals is a small bay surrounded by low cliffs which have tombs from Phoenician times cut into the caves. It's a very attractive anchorage, and there's only one other boat here tonight so it's nice and peaceful.
Chart of today's route

Cala Portals this evening

May 12, 2002

I flew back into Copenhagen

I flew back into Copenhagen yesterday after spending Thursday night in Stansted airport. The last week on the boat was very rough as the Balearics were hit by a storm, hence the lack of any updates.

May 15, 2002

As I said, the weather

As I said, the weather last week in Mallorca was awful, with gale force winds and rain for four days. I'd sailed the boat up to another anchorage which was more sheltered a few days earlier but even still Zamindar was rolling so much that I had to hold on to the bed when I went to sleep at night. It gets really tiring when you're moving non-stop like that for days on end and it was too rough to even get ashore, so it was something of a relief when the weather improved and I got to stand on solid ground again.

Just before I left Mallorca, I'd gone for a walk, and after wandering through olive groves with old men sitting in the sun, I returned to town where I passed a group of people, one of whom was lying on the pavement. They were all shouting, but I couldn't understand what language they were talking or guess where they could have been from. Then I recognised the football tops they were wearing... Scotland. One of the girls was on her back on the pavement and appeared to be incredibly pissed while the others tried to drag her to the next bar by her arms, shoes dragging along the ground. It's so good to see Scottish culture being taken to other countries.

May 16, 2002

Tonight in my attempt to

Tonight in my attempt to get away from Micro$oft products crashing on me all the time, I'm trying out the new browser from Opera and it seems to be much faster than Internet Explorer.

I also found this interesting article about anti-gravitational devices called Lifters.

May 18, 2002

I've just uploaded my photos

I've just uploaded my photos from the Amazon (not to be confused with Amazon.com) after about 5 days of scanning and working on them. Slowly I'm trying to archive my collections of photos to the site but of course I continue taking more and never really seem to catch up. Hope you like them as it was a fantastic place, and I just hope that it doesn't all get cut down.

Sun coming up and I'm

Sun coming up and I'm still sitting here... too much caffeine... must go to bed soon.

May 23, 2002

Computer virus and 10kg of chicken

On Tuesday I fly to London then onto Mallorca the next day so I've been attempting to enjoy the luxuries of civilised life now while I can. This has been overshadowed by getting a virus on my pc then spending 24 hours trying to get rid of it (don't worry, it didn't get out again). Now today, I was enrolled into Nina's project group at IT university to help with their website when I only went in to use their computers, and it doesn't look like they're going to let me do anything else until I leave the country.

We had a party at the weekend for Nina, Gitte, and allegedly my birthday, and we managed to get through about 35 litres of beer and 10 kilos of chicken. Much of this, of course, was supposedly consumed by me, but I have no memory of this whatsoever.

May 27, 2002

I'm writing this from one

I'm writing this from one of the computer labs at Nina's university after spending another long day here helping out with her website project. You can see how it's going here. It hasn't been too bad actually as Berit baked a cake for all my hard work and we were sitting eating that. Later Nina and I had a kebab with Emad and Azim and learned lots about Afghanistan.

The other day Colin emailed me and he's flying down to Mallorca next week to spend a few days on the boat which should be very nice as I haven't seen him for a long time. Time to finish for the day now...

May 28, 2002

I can now update this

I can now update this blog by sms though I get an annoying tag added by the phone company that I need to remove. In Nina's university now.

Early morning pastry

Finally about to go to bed after cycling home & picking up pastry from the bakery.

May 29, 2002

Sleeping in Stansted airport to

Sleeping in Stansted airport to catch my flight to Palma tomorrow. Lots of people are sleeping all over the floor here tonight.