arie uittenbogaard - author, sailor
when I'm not studying scriptures in some dusty university library somewhere, I am a merchant sailor, and have been for two decades.
i've ran fruit from central america to europe, general cargo and containers from europe to the far east and australia, supplies to north sea rigs, and passengers on festive circles in alaska, the caribbean, mexico and hawaii.
i've been everywhere; i've seen everything. i've survived hurricanes, mutinies, pirates, fires, loneliness, insanity, drunkeness.
whores were my neighbors; stars my kin.
i've seen the sea, snapping her jaws at me. i've seen her every move - inside of me, as she glared through the weeping windows on the evening watch.
these are my songs.
Een zeeman is gewend te sterven.