2. Fruchtbier Workshop

Stuck in Majuro

And finally, after having been asked so often by our cruising friends, I give my first “fruit beer workshop”.
Fruitbeer Workshop
The first Fruitbeer Workshop, everybody is highly motivated and concentrated…

My fruitbeer is a fruity, refreshing carbonated drink with approx. 6-7 % alcohol and it is very popular with our sailing friends.

In the workshop I explain the alcoholic fermentation, what the yeast cells – our most important partners in this process – like and don’t like and of course there a loads of samples to taste. Everybody is enthousiastic and produces their own first batch to take home.

Here a first 360 degree photo, in this one you can scroll around with your mouse or finger yourself, try it out!!

Mooring Installation
Almost done, now only the security wire and cable tie are missing
Sea Star
The Sea Star doing its last service as a snorkel and dive object
Helicopter
…having a look at the helicopter from inside
Helicopter
The corals happily grow on the wrecks and attrack the tiny fish

In order to bridge the waiting for the permits we go out the 4 miles to Anemonet a second time. Reto wants to replace one of the yacht club moorings which is broken.

With a bag full with tools and the new mooring line we dive down and start work as dicussed previously. But the huge shackle is stuck, it takes a lot of air and effort to get it loosend…

2. Fruitbeer Workshop
Oceanna, Moki and Foxy Lady persuade me to do a second fruitbeer workshop
2. Fruitbeer Workshop
…and again everybody is mixing…
2. Fruchtbier Workshop
…and tasting enthusiastically 😉

After a few days I do my workshop a second time for the friends who have missed the first round.

Then the last permits are finally signed, we stock up a last time on fresh food and gasoline, wash the last machine of laundry and use up our last data talking to the family. We are ready for the atolls, the wind is supposed to be a bit less strong and less on the nose, perfect to head up north.

On saturday morning I do my last “veggie run”. The K&K is just putting a new delivery on the shelves.
Supermarket Majuro
Incredible – next to rotten pineapple there are pieces of melon for USD 14 and strawberries for USD 26.75!!!

It costs me a lot to buy the brokkoli for USD 9/kg, a box of spinach for USD 10 and salad for USD 7/kg.
But I am aware that in the next 8 weeks apart from coconuts we will be happy to get some bananas now and then but certainly no fresh veggies… Reto picks me up at the supermarket and in the middle of the ride back the enginge runs high, it sounds as if the clutch is being pressed down (but there isn’t any…).

A bit in worry we take out the gear box oil, but it looks clean and without any metal particles. As soon as Reto demounts the porpeller, the diagnosis is clear – the rubber around the prop shaft has sheared through. Sun and saltwater transformed it into chewing gum.

We row over to the shore and do another walk through the entire length of the town, no one has the piece that we need, only for bigger engines…
In the hotel we buy an hour of internet and source the part at defender in USA, but it is Saturday afternoon, when will they process our order???

But since we are already here and not out in the ocean we might as well enjoy our time. There is a big fishing tournament and everybody meets up at the shoreline, the place next to the dinghy dock. We arrive right in the party, come and join us as well:

Christa de Brum Memorial
The tournament is in memory of Christa de Brum who has passed away at the early age of 14.
Sail fish
One of the bigger catches of the day is a sailfish
enjoying Heineken
We enjoy the party toghether with our friends and some Heineken

After the weighing of the fish caught we meet Chris de Brum, the father of Christa who tragically has passed away in teenager age.

The de Brum family comes from the atoll of Likiep. They are decendents from a Portugese whaler who at the end of the 19th century had owned a trading company there together with a German.

Chris invites us to serve ourselves from the chicken that is bbqed right next to us. His wife has marinated it already the day before and it turns out to be the best grilled chicken we have ever had. It is sooo goood!!!

The net day is Sunday and though it pours the whole morning our plan is to go exploring the island with our mountain bikes.

Rubbish mountain
The highest point in Majuro is unfortunately the dump site…
small rubbish mountain
…but there is the one or the other additional dump site as well”

I am happy to be on the bike, we move past the shops, the industry and the impressing mountain of rubbish to the small stip of land where the huge air field af the international airport has been fit in.
We miss a few miles to the end of the island, but we run low on daylight time and sitting on the hard saddle start to hurts badly…

Unfortunately again and again we meet up with rather agressive dogs, once even 5 of them all at once. We figure that they are not used to people biking around here, we don’t meet a single other bike during the whole 70 km trip.

And here another picture where you can look around by yourself:
Nuclear detonations
Only in our visit in the local musuem we find out…
Nuclear detonations
…that the US have launched a total of 67 detonations in the years between 1946 and 1958…
Nuclear detonations
…no wonder that still until today the northernmost islands still suffer from the consequences.
She San's bavarian Wheatbeer
Farewell with Karen and Chuck from the Katie G – Chuck assures me that my wheat beer is the best beer he has ever had in his live (and that there have been many, too) ;-))

In the new week we buy again a bundle of data, powerwalk a few more times up and down alongside the main road, visit the museum, renew the joints in kitchen and bath with new anti-fungal silikone, insert a new main halyard, enjoy the awesome all you can eat pizza evening of the yacht club and get ready again to do our hop to the outer islands…

The package with our prop is already in Honolulu since a few days, it should have arrived already yesterday… 😉

But once again it is destiny, I loose a part of a tooth and am happy to get it filled and smoothend again by Doctor Tes this morning, a very nice lady from the Philipines…

And once again one photo to look around – because it’s so cooool ;-)))

2 thoughts on “Stuck in Majuro”

  1. Hi Angela and Reto. A fascinating update and hope you’ll do another workshop if/when we meet up again. Interesting how some of the veggies in the supermarket are sold in plastic containers… it must contribute to their rubbish mountain! Lots of love Annie xxx

    1. Dear Annie, for sure we’ll do another workshop together with you guys ;-)! You’re right, most of the stuff is packed in plastic, and you have to buy whatever is available, because the choice is not so great… Only good point, at the cash there are only paper bags or used cartons available and when you bring your own bags you get discounted 5 cents/own bag…
      Hoping to see you soon Angela

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