Florin Daniel Zaharia (51)
I am from Romania. I wanted to be a sailor for the fun experience and to see new lands. I have been sailing for over 30 years and I have seen almost the whole world. I especially liked the Caribbean islands. Northern Europe is also beautiful. Here I have been sailing for 12 years between England, the Netherlands, Belgium and France. Always new views, new places, new people.
My son is 21, the same age as our youngest sailor. He does not want to become a sailor and is now studying in England to become a game designer. He doesn’t like my job. Too long away from your family. He doesn’t want that. My son often missed me as a child. I was also at sea when he was born. I missed his first hours and many other beautiful moments with him. I did explain to him that it is a good job, with a good salary.
The kind of ship I am sailing on now, a large tanker, is very special. Life on board is good with good facilities. We have our own sleeping cabins, a gym, movies, television, computers. You can read e-books and listen to music. This is life for me.