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that everybody should have just as much as everybody else — even though one person is willing to work hard and the other is lazy. Second, the taxes are too high. Sure, everyone gets to retire at 58 at 90% of their wages, but they have to pay 35% tax on it — in addition to countless other taxes. While in Denmark we paid $40 for a bottle of propane that cost us just $10 in Canada — all because of taxes. And if you buy a fuel efficient diesel car, the government slaps you with double the road taxes so they are no more economical than gas cars. Third, there is a lack of personal freedom in Denmark. It doesn't matter if you want to change a door or put in a garden shed, you have to ask

continuing on to Spain, we had to make a 30-mile detour in order to sail past permission from the government." famous Fastnet Rock." says Paul. "It was Although Paul admits his brother, very impressive." who still lives in Denmark, loves the sys The Bay of Biscay is notorious for tem, he can't stand nanny governments. rough weather, and the Pedersens caught "When it comes to finances, I can do a some of it. But once again, it wasn't that much better job of taking care of myself bad. "We actually didn't have any wind than the government can. From the time for the first two nights in the Bay of I started working, I always set aside Biscay, but then it blew up to 35 knots 10% of my earnfor about 30 hours. ings. That resulted It could have been in my wife and I worse, but we were "We had to make a 30-hour being able to own a broad reaching. detour in order to sail past very nice home, my Then finally, out being able to sail all of the mist, we saw the famous Fastnet Rock my life, and my wife all the windmills on in the Irish Sea." and I being able to the hills of Spain. do this wonderful We s p e n t t h r e e cruise. And we're weeks in Spain, and not done cruising, as we'll probably sail while in Lisbon bumped into John and up to Alaska next summer." Amanda Neal of the well-known Friday Harbor-based Hallberg-Rassy 46 Mahina Tiare." n July 1 of '07, Paul and Annalise The couple continued on to Porto sailed across the North Sea to Scotland Santos, Madeira, then down to the Cape and the Caledonian Canal, then on to Verdes off Africa before beginning their Dublin and Kinsale in Ireland. "Before second Atlantic crossing. "We covered

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