Seth got his PhD! As many of you know, Seth has been working hard at this for the last few years. We moved to Switzerland in 2010 for him to start the Masters in Economics program at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. In 2012 he got his masters and started on the PhD program. The PhD included original research (3 papers total), classes both at the Graduate Institute and at Gerzensee Study Center (a foundation of the Swiss National Bank), and also a job as a teaching assistant for the Masters courses. The grand finale was his thesis defense with a panel of three economists (two professors from the Graduate Institute – Cedric Tille and Rahul Mukherjee – and an external reader – Michele Lenza from the European Central Bank). We were just back in Switzerland for this, which was a big success! So now Seth is officially Dr Leonard!
A few weeks ago, we were honored to be asked for an interview by Fabio at the Psychology of Sailing website, whose focus is how sailing and psychology can influence each other and promote mental health and well being, as well as a sense of purpose in life. Our interview just got posted yesterday, and you can read it here. I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed answering Fabio’s thoughtful questions! http://www.psychologyofsailing.com/outdoor_life_interview/
In it, the story begins in the storm-tossed Aleutian Islands in June of 2015. The year before, we sailed Celeste from Washington State to Dutch Harbor of “Deadliest Catch” fame but sadly didn’t take any video footage. So in this video we’re back after a winter’s work to re-commission her – think scuba-diving in the Bering Sea – explore the tundra-covered mountains of the island, and get ready for the Arctic.
Stay tuned for Episode 2 on both Cruising World‘s site and on YouTube – it’ll cover our first Bering Sea passage and the wildlife-rich Pribilof Islands!
We’ve made the foray into videos! And Cruising World magazine has picked them up for their website! They’ve posted the first two Arctic Voyage videos so far here, and they’ll roll out one episode per month hereafter.
A big thank-you goes out to our amazing friends Chris and Jess Bray for persuading us to start taking footage in 2015 (you guys are right – it’s super fun!) and to our awesome friend Jeff for getting me into editing!
So here’s our first attempt – a short “trailer” that gives some context to our Arctic Voyage episodes:
Hope you enjoy! And feel free to sign up for our Gone Floatabout YouTube channel where we’ll post the episodes after they’re live on Cruising World‘s site!
Ellen & Seth
Seth and I were recently nominated by a fellow blogger for the Sunshine Blogger Award -thank you, Diana! Diana writes Handstands Around the World – about hiking, travel, and the outdoors. Diana is a former gymnast, hence the handstands and the name of her site. She has great pictures of the Mountain West and beyond!
What’s the Sunshine Blogger Award? It’s kind of like a chain letter… (did that date me?) given to bloggers by other bloggers who are “positive, creative, and inspiring”. We’ve really enjoyed other sailing and non-sailing blogs since we started writing Gone Floatabout, so it’s wonderful to know that others have enjoyed our site!
Here are our answers to Diana’s questions:
Happy New Year to the Gone Floatabout subscribers! And welcome to our new subscribers – so glad you’re enjoying our blog!
To welcome in the new year, we thought it would be fun to look back on some of the highlights of a hectic but good 2016. Here’s one for each season: Continue reading
Although we’re actually back with Celeste now (posts to come!), we promised a post or two about life in Switzerland. So here is a three-part photo series on the blog of our partner ZEAL Optics – all about skiing in the Alps! Enjoy!
- A Salute to the Alps, Part 1: The Powdery Vales of Engadin
- A Salute to the Alps, Part 2: The Haute-Route and Iconic Valais
- A Salute to the Alps, Part 3: Hometown Hill
And here’s a few more photos that weren’t in the ZEAL posts: