WHERE CANNONS FIRED FROM A PIRATE SHIP WAKE YOU UP IN THE MORNING Where pirates show up at dawn, sailing into Death Skull Harbour right in front of your bedroom window, singing and climbing the rigs, anchoring up below your window, boasting of all the gold they stole on their last voyage. To end our great big summer of all summers I brought Mum and the kids to Abra Havn, the last weekend of August. I’d seen the photos, I’d heard the rumours. We were all excited, and maybe even a little worried – I mean, pirates, fascinating as they are, are also very scary – yet nothing could have prepared us for the eery magic we met as we entered this little world like no other. The details, in our room, and every little shanty we walked past, the streets and the signposts (watch out for sharks!), the for real, actual, bonafied pirates, the rats, the songs and the dancing, all contributed to send us into a state of awe, where Mum and I seriously considered pledging our allegiance to the infamous Captain Sabeltooth and living the life of a pirate till the end of our days. It was like being part of an interactive theatre play for our entire stay. A lot of people have since asked us who enjoyed it more – the kids or Mum and I. Well. What a silly question.
I find one of the great advantages to having kids, or knowing kids, is that you can take them to these incredible places, arrange for them to take part in awesome adventures, see spectacular sights and live the life of real pirates — is all actually, if you’re completely honest, because you just really, really needed an excuse to go there yourself. This is not to say they didn’t love every single minute and every little (and huge) moment (minus the five minutes where a sword would not stay attached to someone’s belt, and the whole event was in danger of being packed up and driven straight back home, pirate adventure holiday over for this year, thank you very much. Minor detail in the bigger picture.)Yet this, a pirate breakfast, was probably the highlight, for all four of us.
We jumped aboard the ship and sailed across to Captain Sabeltooth’s world, where we entered a dark, candle lit tavern, serving green rat soup. Oh, and also; warm freshly baked bread, on the spot pancakes and waffles, 3 types of fish, five types of cheese, freshly roasted coffee, made to order egg and warm breakfast and juices and smoothies galore.