Who can resist the lure of Sea Salt on your Soul instead of Chicken Soup, cruising to far off places with unpronounceable names you accurately recite once home? My mid-life crisis took off with a bang in 1997 when I purchased, sight-unseen, King Tut, a 33 foot Marine Trader later renamed Ruff Life, and set sail from Florida with no particular destination in mind...
"Completely inexperienced and navigating using a hand held GPS, I hoped oversized Czar would be enough to repel any Pirates of the Caribbean. Shell-shocked with a vastly depleted kitty after only a few months, I remained in picturesque la Parguera, Puerto Rico, for a dozen years, supporting myself primarily as an Artesana de higuera, or gourd artist, while battling cultural quirks, raging hormones and the IRS. The madness ended eventually; not as I’d expected, but propelling me towards a new direction I never imagined."
Successfully reciting her adventures in print and through speaking engagements, Andrea is busy organizing her journal entries, photographs and memorabilia into a cohesive unit. Follow Travels with Buttercup, and stay up to date on her progress. Armchair travelers always welcome!