Learning new tricks…

Life never really stands still for me, although I confess that I actually enjoy being still and doing very little.  So, I find myself sitting in a cafe in Revelstoke (BC, Canada) taking a break from the midst of a pretty intense 3 month course (run by Yamnuska Mountain Adventures) on all things mountain! It’s really the first time that I’ve felt clear enough to … Continue reading Learning new tricks…

Southern Belle, a Free Spirit, and Thor’s Chihuahua

Our first liveaboard on our DMT course… It wasn’t quite as stressful as I thought it might be but there was definitely a lot going on.  The guests on the boat were fantastic, although it was a little intimidating having 3 instructors and 3 dive masters on the list… The first morning was an easy start (wakey wakey at 7:30am) and as I climbed out of my … Continue reading Southern Belle, a Free Spirit, and Thor’s Chihuahua

What if this is as good as it gets..?

Having spent the last couple of weeks peering into a whole new and beautiful world of colour, movement, light, and wonder it’s somewhat surprising to feel a little blue. It started with a conversation that made me rather sad. A friend I was talking with appeared to relinquish herself to the notion that a recent experience (of the heart) may be the closest to being … Continue reading What if this is as good as it gets..?

Small Breakfast, Big Breakfast… life on a liveaboard…

It’s 5am… and although I went to bed at about 9pm, I’m tired after a reasonably uncomfortable night’s sleep on a thin mattress and a few inches between my face and the ceiling.  I’ve never really been a morning person but I have a feeling that this will change in the course of the next couple of months. I have an hour to lie and contemplate the … Continue reading Small Breakfast, Big Breakfast… life on a liveaboard…

There are giants

Meeting Giants…

I stepped onboard the liveaboard with a little bit of trepidation… having never spent a week on a boat with complete strangers the experience was a little intimidating.  Although I’m friendly and generally outgoing I do enjoy my personal space and the accommodation was quite confined, but for the most part I was sharing a room with one or two other people.  Thankfully they were very pleasant … Continue reading Meeting Giants…

When you find out you’re more important that you realise…

The first in a series of musings from Indonesia… My journey here had taken me from Belfast via Cairo, Doha, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Denpensar (Bali), Kupang, Ende, Labuan Bajo.  So rather a large number of flights and planes and a week in Bangkok later I’m ready to start my first diving adventure.  The last part of the journey was worth noting… So a couple … Continue reading When you find out you’re more important that you realise…