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Sea Lions and Knitting

Yep, sometimes they go together…

Yesterday was magical…

I’ve been working in the Montessori method almost two years now and I still feel like I’m rediscovering the world around me. Sometimes it seems I’ve been just daydreaming before. One of the most amazing things I have learned during these two years is to wonder. Wonder at the world around me, wonder at the beauty and simplicity of life…

I’ve always been a quiet kind of gal, preferring to spend time at home reading, knitting, exercising. But once in a blue moon I feel adventurous!

It happens so that right now is the high season for marvelous creatures that come to our region just for a couple months a year – whales and sea lions. Our students are doing research and find fascinating facts about these marvels of nature. The principle of my school advised me to go to the nearby town, just 3 hour drive from us, where you can rent a tiny old boat and, if you are lucky, see some marine animals in their natural habitat.

I actually talked my husband into it. We woke up at dawn, 3:30 a.m., packed lunch and knitting, of course, and got on one of the most amazing one-day trips I’ve ever had! We arrived early and found a guy with a tiny old boat, which didn’t look very safe, but this was the only option we had. Two lovely American couples that also felt adventurous decided to join us! And off we go…

Knitting and Travel

Knitting and Travel

I am sorry for the quality of pictures in this post. I got my old camera with me and most of the photos were taken while riding on an old boat and jumping on waves. πŸ™‚

It surely wasn’t a relaxing type of a ride! Though the sun was generous, the wind was cold and extremely strong. All six of us got on the floor of the boat, as it didn’t seem perfectly safe to jump on the waves while sitting on old wooden benches of a boat. I was holding tight a bag with my knitting! πŸ™‚

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But it was so worth it! One hour and a half later we saw a rocky desert island. I felt butterflies in my stomach…

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So calm, serene, where only the laws of nature reign…

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Our guide was slowly cruising along the shore while we were speechless and in awe. And all of a sudden…

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At first I didn’t understand why we stopped, but then I saw them..

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Sea lions! Everywhere. It seemed like they covered every single rock… Sunbathing, relaxing, playing in the water. They are so friendly! Coming close to us, playing with us, so hospitable! We felt like very long-expected guests! The truth is I wanted to cry… I felt like a child, inexplicably happy…

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What surprised me is how loud they are! It seemed like you were at a huge market where everybody is talking, shouting and singing at the same time.

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Sea lions are so adorable! As clumsy and lazy on the shore, as fast and agile in the water. I managed to catch one on camera in the water! Hello, lovely!

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Though sea lions didn’t mind us at all, we didn’t want to disturb them, so after 30 minutes, we got on our way back. Our boat stopped on a lonely shore, which took my heart away…

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…where we had our lunch and had some rest before our way back. Guess, what I was doing πŸ™‚

The way back was lovely… The wind has dropped a little bit.

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Everybody was calm and silent. It seemed like each of us needed his time and space to live through this experience in his own head and heart all over again…

It is nice to wonder… And feel adventurous… Feeling grateful…

P.S. Mexico, I love you! Thank you for everything!




By | 2015-03-15T09:18:20+00:00 March 15th, 2015|Knitting, Simple little things, Travel|24 Comments


  1. Pat March 15, 2015 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness! Thanks ever so much for the pics. I would have never known such beauty existed. Every time you wear your skirt you will be re-living a piece of your day and your wonderful memories.

    • Alina March 15, 2015 at 10:07 am - Reply

      Dear, Pat! You are so welcome! I was moved to the core by this incredible experience… And I will always “see” it in my skirt – that’s the beauty of handmade…

  2. Zeta March 15, 2015 at 11:26 am - Reply

    What a wonderful day! Thank you for sharing! As an ichthiologist I’m very fond of sea animals. You should feel adventurous more often….!!

    • Alina March 15, 2015 at 11:34 am - Reply

      Wow, I didn’t know you were ichthyologist! How fascinating! Too bad you are so far away, I would definitely invite you to tell our students about marine animals – they are really excited about them!

  3. Corinne March 15, 2015 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    wow, that sounds like an amazing day!

    • Alina March 15, 2015 at 3:20 pm - Reply

      It was one of the most amazing days! πŸ™‚

  4. erin kate March 15, 2015 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    love knitting out in fresh air! looks like it’ll be beautiful !

    • Alina March 15, 2015 at 3:21 pm - Reply

      Knitting outside is the best! Nature is my biggest inspiration.

  5. steph March 15, 2015 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    what beautiful photos….and an amazing day; the colors!!!! the animals!!! (and you will have a souvenir skirt from the day, too!!!!) lovely

    • Alina March 15, 2015 at 4:53 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Steph! It was a magical day…

  6. alexis March 16, 2015 at 12:19 am - Reply

    Your description of the sea lions is marvelous. I used to live in California, and they came by the coast there too. It really is special to see animals in their natural habitat and feel so connected to a different species.
    Also, you’re quite brave to knit on a windy beach!

    • Alina March 16, 2015 at 7:46 am - Reply

      They are really incredible creatures! I was so scared to lose my project bag while jumping on waves πŸ™‚

  7. Lilly's Mom March 17, 2015 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    These photos are amazing! You really captured the moment. I’m sure you had so much fun. And your knitted skirt looks amazing, too!

    • Alina March 17, 2015 at 4:29 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Pat! I did have a lot of fun!

  8. Heather March 18, 2015 at 5:50 am - Reply

    What a wonderful time you must have had! We have whale watches in my state, and I have never been on one, and I have lived here my entire life! Maybe this summer I will change that. I love the skirt too, such pretty colors!

    • Alina March 18, 2015 at 7:27 am - Reply

      It happens pretty often, Heather! You live in a place and always think that you will have time in the future to visit all the amazing places that it has to offer, but somehow you never find this time. I think tourists that come to our part of the world see more in a week, than we in these 3 years πŸ™‚

  9. Leyla - Silk&Wool March 18, 2015 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    You pictures are so beautiful, no need to apologize.

  10. Julie March 18, 2015 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    What beautiful photos, and those sea lions are magnificent! I think your Riviera skirt almost matches the sky πŸ™‚

    • Alina March 18, 2015 at 5:26 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Julie! I fell in love with sea lions! And yes, the mint shade of cotton is of the same shade as the spring sky! Perfect project )

  11. Carmela Biscuit March 22, 2015 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    What a lovely walk I took this morning with you! Thank you so much for the pictures and the story!

    • Alina March 23, 2015 at 6:15 am - Reply

      I always enjoy your walks! I happy I was able to “take” you on mine!

  12. Nicky March 25, 2015 at 6:05 am - Reply

    Amazing captures Alina! Definitely worth the 3.30 am wake up. The pictures make me feel as if I was there too. Thank you so much for sharing.

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