Bittersweet Goodbye

our last beer together as a team, waiting for Rufus & Kate's bus to arrive.
our last beer together as a team, waiting for Rufus & Kate’s bus to arrive.

This post is one we never thought we would write. Rufus and I had to say goodbye to our fellow Melodians today and it was not an easy thing to do. Many hugs were had and tears shed as this two year journey ended for the four of us together.

When Rufus and I did some ex-pat work in Zambia last year I consulted for an international steel company. I was fortunate enough to be part of an extraordinary team and for the first time in my life I couldn’t wait to go to work every single day. I know that is something that is very rare. When I was offered a permanent senior management position on two separate occasions to stay in Zambia, I obviously turned it down  to continue pursuing the sailing dream and I made peace with the fact that such a perfect opportunity would never again present itself.

Never say never though, because upon our arrival in Jacare, Brazil, I received an email from the company asking me to apply for same position. Rufus and I took a week on our own to think everything through and after serious consideration we decided that I should fight to get my dream job back.

Vivian and Wilhem were beyond supportive and I can never ever thank them enough for their understanding and positivity. After a series of interviews over SKYPE, and some serious competition from the other candidates, I once again received a phenomenal offer! Things have happened a lot faster then expected and it almost hasn’t sunk in that this is the end of one dream and the start of another.

I want to thank Rufus for being the most supportive, generous partner I could ever have wished for. Also, a BIG thank you to Vivian and Wilhelm for being awesome team mates and our for fantastic life changing journey together – it takes super special people to go through and do what we did together. I also want to thank our all our families: David & Marlis, Theunis & Lizette, Boris & Rynette and of course my parents, Sue and JC. You all thought we were crazy when we decided to do this but that didn’t stop any of you from loving, supporting and contributing to our dream.

To all our friends, we definitely could never have got this far without all of your help and generosity. Most of you also thought we were crazy and that we wouldn’t even get out of Gordon’s Bay, never mind South Africa, but you still stayed amped for us and kept us going with your positive words and generous donations.

Just because Ruf and I are leaving does not mean that this is the end of the Melodian cruising adventure! Wil and Viv will continue to explore the Caribbean with old Melodius till the end of 2013 as planned, only now they have some extra space for more friends to visit 😉 GOOI NAT julle, it’s going to be AMAZING!!!!!

Thank you again for everyone’s support. This has been the time of our lives!!!


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