2. If you have stopped, when and why did you stop?
|Heading up the dock in Brisbane
We did stop for two and a half years. We were running low on money and Maia really wanted a chance to be a regular kid.
So we tied up at the pile moorings in Brisbane, Australia. Evan donned a suit and tie and went back to a land-based job as a naval architect/ mechanical engineer. Maia donned a school uniform and went to school from year six to the middle of year eight.
She also got a chance to do some of the kid stuff she had been reading and dreaming about: sleep away camp, her first school dance and funny enough, writing exams.
The stop was helpful for replenishing our bank account but it also proved to be reassuring when it came to Maia. She slipped back into school life with her peers relatively easily and school was a success.
It also showed us that she can thrive in a variety of environments—which helped us decide how to shape our cruising years to come.
Because Maia loved being part of a circus troop and really enjoyed an academically rich and challenging school we know we want to get back to Canada by her mid-teens.
So while we were all keen to get back out cruising we knew that the time limit of when to stop needs to be her call.