Port Joinville (Ile d'Yeu)

Created: Sunday, 19 August 2012

I headed into the pitoresque town of Port Joinville (Ile d'Yeu) on this Sunday morning to buy food. The little narrow streets, the white painted houses and the old cars on the supermarket parking space are proof of another, more laid back, lifestyle, a difference from life on the European continent. Ile d'Yeu is a small island (with airport and ferry terminal) and from a conversation in the supermarket, I understood some people here don't consider themselves French. They consider themselves 'island dwelling people' (my own formulation). When I returned to the boat, I chatted online with another Belgian sailor who was connected with his laptop while waiting to enter the port of Rabat (Morocco). He was drifting on the Atlantic Ocean, waiting for the right tide to enter the port, and he was already connected with a far reaching wifi signal, on the ocean! Insha'Allah, I will arrive in Rabat in one month of time.

Today is the end of the fasting month Ramadan. I celebrated this by eating some tasty dates, full of (healthy) sugar. Actually, since I became a traveller 19 days ago, I have done nothing else than that, eating lots of sugars, in order to stay concentrated while navigating. That means I need to catch up 18 days of fasting when I have ended my long voyage.