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Hello old friends! Is it just me or it does it feel like it’s been ages? Due to some behind-the-scenes technical difficulties (apologies to those who have tried to check in and found the site down!) I’m a little behind on posting this week. But we’re all up and running now, and I think you’ll agree it was worth the wait…

…because I could not have ended my current international wanderings on a better note. The last few weeks have been all about island hopping. First, Roatán, followed by a return to Grand Cayman, where I celebrated Batabano in style on the streets! Unfortunately, it was an incredibly rainy week, but aside from Batabano the main objective of the trip was catching up with Heather, and we can do that in any kind of weather (though, note to whoever is in charge of these kind of things, we really do prefer sun.)

Finally, I made my way north to Bermuda. I gave a little cheer when I landed for having made it to my thirtieth foreign country, and basically didn’t stop smiling until it was time to return to the airport. I can’t really stop gushing to everyone about how unexpectedly obsessed I am with this little island and my home base there at . I’m beyond excited to share more soon, and I think these photos should give you a little hint why.

It’s hard to believe that next week I’ll be reporting in from New York! Layover in Miami en route to Bermuda aside, it’s been five months since I touched down on US soil. I’m looking forward to being home and all that lies ahead, but at the moment I couldn’t be more grateful for such a beautiful and inspiring end to my latest, greatest adventure.

Photo A

Cayman BatabanoBatabano, the Cayman version of Carnival! So much energy.

Photo B

Cayman RainA rainy and reflective time in Cayman.

Photo C

Fairmont Hamilton Princess BermudaThe unbelievable Fairmont Hamilton in Bermuda, a work of art.

Photo D

Warwick Long Bay BermudaBermuda beach hopping with an acrobatic assistant.

Photo E

Diving in BermudaDiving the Bermuda Triangle — by far the best photo I’ve ever captured of a shy parrotfish.

Photo F

1609 at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess BermudaI was so excited when a chef walked by at the perfect moment in front of 1609, already Bermuda’s most scenic restaurant.

Photo G

Fairmont Hamilton Princess BermudaAbsolutely in love! With the Hamilton Princess, with Bermuda, and with the sun for making these images beautiful.

Which photo is your favorite?

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Pssst! Want to see more photos from Bermuda? I’ll be taking over the for the next six days! Would love to see y’all over there…

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  • Photo E, because I know how damn hard it is to get those things to pose for the camera 😉
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    • Meihoukai
      May 16 2015

      I know, right?! Those guys are THE most uncooperative models!

  • Caity
    May 14 2015

    Good to have you back Meihoukai! Congrats on reaching your 30th foreign country…perhaps a celebratory post is in order?! I would certainly be interested to read your reflections on this milestone.
    Your underwater photography always wins me over, such an awesome insight for a non-diver. So it has to be Photo E for me this week.

    • Meihoukai
      May 16 2015

      That’s a good idea Caity! I’ll see if I can squeeze it in before I head to 31 at the end of July 🙂

  • Sonja Riemenschneider
    May 14 2015

    What a great end to your Central American adventures! There are little things I love about each photo this week. That one handed handstand looks so playful on the beach! Props for being ready to snap a shot when that chef walked by and ditto for when that parrotfish posed in front of that beautiful coral! I’m loving them all this week, can’t wait to read the full stories!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 16 2015

      Thanks Sonja! This week was definitely all about capturing fleeting moments…

  • Jessica
    May 14 2015

    E for sure! I love this picture – the bright colours and especially because these shy fish are hard to capture this good 🙂

    • Meihoukai
      May 16 2015

      Thank you Jessica! I think divers will appreciate that photo more than anyone — parrotfish are just so skittish!

  • Laura
    May 14 2015

    This is a close one for me! I definitely like Photo E (so beautiful and clear)…but I have to go with Photo G. The left photo looks so serene and peaceful. Plus I can’t even imagine the amount of balance it would take to do that pose on a paddle or surf board!

    • Meihoukai
      May 16 2015

      She was a rockstar 🙂 Have many more impressive photos from that class to share!

  • Photo A – so much fun!

  • Leah
    May 14 2015

    Loving the vibes of G. I would love to be at a beach where it’s actually warm enough to swim!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 16 2015

      Ha, well… it’s a little early in the season to be in the ocean in Bermuda. The pool was perfect, but at the beach we basically went it to our waists and screamed and shrieked and ran out again. Almost there 🙂

  • Sarah
    May 14 2015

    Photo D! (Who is this gentleman??)
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  • julie
    May 14 2015

    man, they are all good this week, I really like B, D, and F! So hard to choose, there is no clear favorite!

    • Meihoukai
      May 16 2015

      That’s what I like to hear, Julie! Thank you!

  • becky hutner
    May 14 2015

    E — diving in the Bermuda Triangle, how cool is that?? Can’t wait to hear about your time there & how it has evolved since my youth!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 16 2015

      Ah, Becky, I loved Bermuda SO MUCH! Excited to post more and more 🙂

  • Kelly
    May 14 2015

    Photo A, hands down! All of your pictures are beautiful per usual, but A is super fun and different. I can feel the energy!

    • Meihoukai
      May 16 2015

      Thanks Kelly! I really debated bringing my big camera but I’m so very happy I did!

  • Lauren
    May 14 2015

    Awesome photos! Photo A is definitely my favorite. Thanks for sharing.

    • Meihoukai
      May 16 2015

      Thank you Lauren! It was a day I’ll never forget.

  • Steve
    May 14 2015

    I’m plumping for photo E.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 16 2015

      I worried it wasn’t as exotic as some of my usual underwater photos, glad it has some fans 🙂

  • Kacy
    May 14 2015

    So many good ones! Bermuda looks amazing! I’m partial to Photo F, being the food-obsessed soul that I am.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 16 2015

      Oh, you would love 1609 then! Such a great restaurant, ate there two nights in a row!

  • Ashlee
    May 14 2015

    I love Photo A! Looks like so much fun!

    • Meihoukai
      May 16 2015

      Can’t wait to write about my most recent festival fun! Thanks Ashlee 🙂

  • Katie
    May 14 2015

    Photo E – love parrotfish!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 16 2015

      Me too! So fun to hear them crunching on coral 🙂

  • Justine
    May 14 2015

    There’s something about photo B that I really love. Beautiful!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 16 2015

      I just love the black umbrella and Sabai, the beautiful black dog. Makes the image!

  • Stef
    May 14 2015

    As I didn’t get a good shot of the last huge parrot fish I saw, I’m voting for Photo E.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 16 2015

      They are tricky little guys, so shy! It took me years to finally get this one 🙂

  • Tiina
    May 15 2015

    I’m gonna go with picture A. I love dance and the fact that are outfits included.. Perfect! 😀 one can really feel the energy in these pictures.

    • Meihoukai
      May 16 2015

      Thanks Tiina! It was such an energetic, joyful day. Can’t wait to share the rest of my photos.

  • Erin
    May 15 2015

    E!

  • Julia Nix
    May 15 2015

    new man? 🙂

  • Rachel
    May 15 2015

    Photo D. Those arm muscles…good job. More of him, please!

  • Chris
    May 15 2015

    Parrotfish for me!!
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  • Kat
    May 15 2015

    They are all stunning, but think I have to go with photo E – the colours and sharpness are fantastic! Though I do love the great timing of the chef walking by in photo F :d

    • Meihoukai
      May 16 2015

      I just adored his big hat! What a perfect moment…

  • Rashaad
    May 15 2015

    I choose Photo A – because I love a fun party!
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  • Ashley
    May 16 2015

    Tough choice this week, but I choose Photo E! Parrotfish are my absolute favourite – they’re so gorgeous!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 16 2015

      I love their little personalities too. They’re cuties!

  • Anita
    May 16 2015

    Photo A because it looks like they are having such a good time!

  • Aggouni
    May 17 2015

    Photo B … I like calm
    Photo G … Yoga Surfing WOW
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    • Meihoukai
      May 17 2015

      SUP Yoga is becoming quite the phenomenon! Thanks for voting 🙂

  • Amy M
    May 23 2015

    Ahh they all look so beautiful!
    Absolutely love that picture of the parrotfish though! xo

    • Meihoukai
      May 26 2015

      They are so common that experienced divers tend to overlook them in favor of more exotic fish, but I love seeing how new divers and snorkelers react to them!

  • Marni
    May 27 2015

    I love Photo G (beautiful!) and Photo E (those colors!!!) but I have to give it to Photo B. I love the balance of the bright colors with against the dark. Plus, the dog looks adorably contemplative.

    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2015

      That’s Sabai… she is a thoughtful girl 🙂

  • Camels & Chocolate
    June 7 2015

    D! You know I’m a sucker for acrobatics.
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    • Meihoukai
      June 8 2015

      Can’t wait to get up to some at yoga this week!