Hi, I am Sail Away Girl, AKA Elizabeth. I will be connecting with people by living my dream of sailing around the world and writing a cookbook. My adventure will be visiting ports around the world and meeting with local families in each port that will show me a meal from their childhood or from a celebration and share the story behind the meal with me.
My cookbook will be a compilation of all of these stories and the recipes and photos that go with them. I want to show the world how much we all have in common through good food and great family stories.
Since I can remember I have always dreamed about seeing the world, and as far back as I can remember, it has been on a sailboat.
I was very fortunate to have parents that loved to travel and loved the sea. I think it’s in my Basque blood since my ancestors hail from the San Sebastian area of Spain. A beautiful city that is hugged by both the Pyranees and the Bay of Biscay. Also now known as the gastronomical capital of the world with some of the best and most inovative chefs in the world. But that is another subject and my other favorite passion, food and cooking. San Sebastian is a sea town and a fisherman’s town. So I think salt air and sea run through my DNA.
Growing up, because of my father’s job in the paper industry, we moved every two years. We moved not only in the states, but lived in Venezuela and Spain as well. While we lived in Spain, my parents took advantage of traveling with umpteen kids to various countries in Europe and hence my wanderlust was born. I absolutely love to see new places and meet new people in new countries. Most of my fondest memories are of the interactions with people that I had in various places; more so than the sights I saw. Sitting in a bar on the Isle of Skye with the locals asking me about my baseball cap and baseball in the US, or our Egyptian tour guide that wanted to know about dating customs in the states. Trust me very different for those in Egypt. So I look forward to seeing the world and meeting more of the fabulous people in it!
You know the question, “if you won the lottery what would you do?”. well I have always said 1st I’d go shopping in Paris, then take the train to Lyon, France and eat at Paul Bocuse a 3 star Micheline restaurant, and then off to the Cote d’Azur to pick out my sailboat and my 7 Italian male crew. Now everyone’s mind goes in the gutter at this point, which is not where mine was when I thought of this. I just don’t see a problem with having an attractive crew on board, that’s it. Would be way too complicated otherwise.
Well, I have found myself at a crossroad in life, and of course I am not getting any younger, so I wanted to pursue my long time dream of sailing around the world. I am planning to cast off after I finish culinary school and in the mean time I am blogging about all my preparations for departure. What boat to get, how to maintain it, and where to go when.
I hope you’ll join me on this journey and that you will derive something worthwhile from it. I am also looking forward to everyone’s input, so thank you for sharing in advance!
See you on the water!
Sail Away Girl