Since I last wrote, I moved home from Spain to New York. It was amazing to spend time with family and be around for some giant milestones including my best friend having a baby and my cousin getting married! However, as soon as the cold weather hit, I knew I wouldn’t last long in New York.
Over the last four years my body has been acclimated to warm weather. So, instead of enduring a frozen winter in NY, I moved to Hawaii!
My friend Lilia from St John now lives on Maui and was gracious enough to let me stay with her until I found a place for myself. After three weeks of being on the island, I had secured a car, an apartment and a job. My car is a cute little Subaru Impreza – great on gas with AWD. My apartment is just North of where I’m working in a beautiful and charming small town. My job is the real highlight.
I am working for a sailing charter company called Trilogy Excursions. In the early 70s, a family sailed into Maui during a round the world journey on their boat Trilogy. They never made it around the world because they fell in love with the island. Since then, the company has grown to include a fleet of seven catamarans. Finding a good job in this industry can be tricky, but I happen to have a few tricks of the trade up my sleeve which I will post about soon. As for now, I am still learning the area, the history, and the Hawaiian names for everything. Working for a larger company ensures that no two days are alike. Even if I work on the same boat two days in a row, the trips and the crew are usually different which keeps things interesting.
February is peak whale watching season, and the whales are EVERYWHERE! Living in the Virgin Islands for almost 4 years, I saw a total of 4 whales. I blew that record out of the water on day one here! It has been incredible. These creatures are mysterious, awe inspiring, majestic and enormous. I can’t believe how lucky I am to have this opportunity to work with whales – by the end of the season I will even be a certified whale naturalist! Yay!
That’s all I’ve got for now, life is amazing here in Maui. I highly recommend this island for anyone who is interested! I will be sure to post more about Maui in posts to follow.