The effect and consequences of COVID 19 are still very recent.
The atmosphere in Cartagena is not what it used to be. You can see that something strange has been happening. The main touristic spots are not crowded and some of the local restaurants are closed or nearly empty.
We established our headquarters in a little place called “La Fortaleza”; a little bar/restaurant which supplied us with daily home-made croquetas (I would strongly recommend the “mushrooms croqueta” to be accompanied with a fillet of sardine).
Our first getaway was to a nice place at 8 miles from the port called “Cala Cerrada” [coordinates] there are three buoys to secure to and the bay is also frequented by kayaks.
But our main concern these last few days has been getting Atlantis ready for departure. We’ve been lucky enough to cross our paths with fellow marina residents Kevin and Mark who gave us a hand in getting her in shape. We really appreciate their valuable help on getting everything sorted on board. We have replaced one of the hatches and made several aesthetic improvements.
I’m writing these lines on my first night watch on our way to Gibraltar. We are going there to meet a friend of Andy’s, waiting for the wind to turn east and finally head to the Balearics. Three dolphins joined our way and left after passing El Cabo de Gata, in Almería. Andy pointed out the amazing effect produced by these creatures when swimming along the boat - it’s called phosphorescence . It is also unfamiliar to be at sea in these surroundings but I think it was magic. The sky looks clear and the Mediterranean is calm. It feels like the perfect beginning for an exciting adventure.
11th July 2020