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2021
01
Jun

A new book about our ship’s cat

Going through pictures of Leeloo and all those happy memories I thought that Leeloo’s many fans around the world would probably like to see more about the unusual 21 years our beloved kitty accompanied us on our travels. “On velvet paws towards the horizon” will soon be available on Amazon–I’m working on it!

2021
31
May

Our TV Interview on LT1

Watch it online:

2021
27
May

Thanks for the positive feedback!

Thanks guys for all the good reviews! It’s great for me as an author to know that people are enjoying my stories… No complaints so far ;-)

Richtung Horizont — Available as paperback and e-book on Amazon.
You can order it here.

2021
25
May

Smurfs on the radio

Our radio interview from Sunday can be found on the ORF webpage for one week:
Linzer Torte with Birgit Hackl, Christian Feldbauer, Otmar Schrott, 23.5, Radio Oberösterreich

2021
24
May

Smurfs on the telly

The TV report about us that was broadcast on Saturday in Austria can be found on the ORF website for one week: Oberösterreich heute, 22.5.2021, Segelnde Auswanderer

2021
22
May

Article about us in the OÖNachrichten newspaper

Here is the link to the article that was published in todays’ issue of the Austrian newspaper OÖNachrichten:

https://www.nachrichten.at/meine-welt/reisen/segel-setzen-richtung-freiheit;art119,3401730

2021
20
May

Famous smurfs

In order to promote our book I wrote to some TV and radio stations in Austria, not expecting much–and was veeeery surprised when quite a few were interested. Pitufa’s crew will be on ‘Oberösterreich heute’ on Saturday at 7 pm and talking for half an hour in the ‘Linzer Torte’ (Radio Oberösterreich) on Sunday at 9 am. I’ll post internet links once we get them! There’s also an article about us in the OÖ Nachrichten magazine in the Saturday edition, travel section.

2021
19
May

Pee break in times of covid

Today we are driving from Upper Austria to Graz. Drinking lots of water is generally healthy, but not a great idea when you’re on a highway… Finally a service station, by now it’s a full emergency, I grab a mask, run to the entrance –and get stopped by a smiling lady in a dirndl dress. No negative covid test, no entry, she informs us friendly, but firmly. I briefly consider peeing my pants, but Christian waves our vaccination passports and we’re granted entry. Just in time.
The new reality hits again.

2021
16
May

Richtung Horizont – Reviews on Amazon

Our travel book has started selling on Amazon, now we need some reviews to encourage other buyers… If you’ve read the book and enjoyed it (which I hope ;-) ) please leave a friendly review on Amazon!

2021
13
May

Richtung Horizont–E-Book Version Available Now!

Now also the e-book version is available on Amazon.
You can order it here.

2021
09
May

Travelling in times of Covid

French Polynesia’s borders were closed for a while, now they have opened up, but only for American tourists – funny, as the US handling of the Covid situation did not seem exactly like a success story, maybe the colour of the dollar gives heightened immunity?
All other travellers must still apply for a special permission to travel and present important motives. Christian’s passport expires in May, we could not manage to get a new one remotely, so we had to tackle tons of paperwork and applications to get to Austria before the expiry date… The permission of the Haute Commisariat to fly, Covid tests, forms for each transit country–quite nerve wrecking to be standing in queue after queue, each time hoping that the person behind the counter will accept the pile of paperwork.
We flew with Air France via Vancouver, Paris and Munich (our flight was cancelled, rebooked and changed 6 times…) and it was quite full–surprising when you consider the complications involved…

Anyway, we made it safe and sound to Austria and are now enjoying a couple of weeks with friends and family. Austria in springtime is lovely with fresh greens and blossoms everywhere, but still waaaay too cold for our delicate tropical bodies ;-)

2021
06
May

Richtung Horizont–our book

We’ve just published a little account of our travels on Pitufa (in German) that’s now available on Amazon!
Available at Amazon (Paperback and e-book)

2021
30
Apr

Protection is needed now or it’s too late

Yesterday I had some appointments in town and did my runs between different locations by thumb – hitchhiking works really well in French Polynesia, especially when you hold up a sign where you want to go.
I got chatting with a very nice Polynesian woman who picked me up, we talked about the Tuamotus, how we cruisers are blamed for pollution, harming nature and then I mentioned how few motu with endemic vegetation and birds are left and what a pity it is that the locals just burn the motu down for copra.

There were a few moments of silence and then she said: “I’ve just come back from Rangiroa and that’s what we did there for a week. With the raising of the subsidies for copra the families are fighting who gets to work which motu…”

She agreed that it would be good and important to protect a few little spots of nature, but the money’s just too good. The government claims that raising the prices for copra is a measure to help people during the covid crisis, but why don’t they give out funding for other projects? If the speed of destruction picks up there will be no nature left in French Polynesia within a short period of time.

It’s not even an argument to protect wild nature for the sake of tourism, because tourists expect coral rubble and rows of palmtrees. That’s the image of the South Sea that we have and not fertile islands with trees and soil…

2021
27
Apr

Article on Whisker Pole Handling in All-at-Sea Magazine

Birgit Hackl, Christian Feldbauer: Pole Position! The advantages of having two whisker poles, All At Sea Caribbean, May 2021, p. 54–56. Download the whole magazine for free

2021
20
Apr

Keeping up precautions and social distancing

French Polynesia is doing a good job to prevent Covid-19 from spreading. People generally still wear masks in shops and public places and remain cautious. Vaccinations are going on rapidly, in many places everybody 18+ can get an appointment for a shot.

However, we have noticed that some cruisers think that as soon as they have their two shots they can drop all precautions, they are already kissing again and going back to business as usual. Vaccinations only give a partial protection from experiencing severe symptoms, they are NOT a 100 % protection!

It’s really not so hard to wear a mask, wash your hands regularly and wave a friendly hello instead of kissing cheeks…

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