Experience Life As A “Sea Gypsy!”
Can you imagine living your entire life on the water? As in “24 /7?”
Well, for a number of nomadic tribes, that is their entire world! Look at this “small town”:
First of all, thanks to Timothy Allen for the incredible photo.
This fascinates me – I came across this story a while ago online, and I learned about these unique “sea gypsies”:
As The Daily Mail reported at the time:
“These fascinating images reveal what life is like for the Bajau people – a nomadic tribe who spend their lives on the water.
The group have been dubbed ‘sea gypsies’ thanks to the fact they continue to live a seaborne lifestyle off the coast of Borneo.”
The story continues:
“The Bajau people have severed ties with the mainland, instead choosing to live a nomadic lifestyle on the open ocean.
Standing on stilts above the lapping waves, the Bajau built an off-shore community that relies solely on the ocean to survive.
Instead of learning about algebra or science, the Bajau children are given a net and taught to catch fish, octopus and lobsters off their unique handmade boats.
The children reportedly spend so much time in the ocean that their eyes have adjusted to see more clearly underwater and much like sea sickness for those who live on land, they also experience ‘land sickness’ when they leave the water.”
Thanks to The Daily Mail for this great story, their website is always filled with fascinating and wild wild wild stories!
Recently, I read this great book about living in paradise like this:
Could you imagine life on a South Seas island? Well, one young teacher tried it, and he wrote all about the experience – you can see that story here:
I have also shared the compelling story of Lucy Irvine, who answered this ad in the early 80’s:
The book she wrote about that year is incredible – and you can read all about it – and the sequel “Faraway”, by clicking on my story here:
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Let me know if you could handle life on the water as a “Sea Gypsy!”