In two days’ time we hop on a boat in France to traverse several hundred miles and 87 locks with the owners. The owners are lovely, French and speak not a word of English. We are Australian, lovely (sometimes) and speak the odd French word (no, not swearing . . . I think!).
This will be some ‘test sail’. Once we arrive at our destination the boat will be hauled and surveyed and if all the boxes are ticked we will become the proud owners.
I am all at once terrified (crewing in French!) and excited (great boat and fun canals). Currently I am desperately learning as many French terms as possible and am receiving some great help from friends:
“La right, la left.”
“le Pointy end”
“Merde” (that’ll be useful), plus a few German hints thrown in just to confuse me or them, or perhaps everyone!
At least we know the important words, Je voudrais vin blanc & biere!
Hoping we have internet along the way for pictures and laughs to share with you all. Tally Ho!