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Becoming a Divemaster: The Who, What, Where, When and Why thumbnail

This is the first of several posts I’m writing in order to document my experience becoming a PADI Divemaster in Gili Trawangan, Indonesia. While I was in the planning stage of my Divemaster I found a remarkable lack of online information regarding the course and judging from the frequent emails I get asking about my experience…

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It’s good to be back! Early this week I braved thirty five hours of door to door travel with four tight connections in order to meet Anders and his family on Nusa Lembongan for a few days of pampered easing back in to life in Indonesia. We dove with Manta Rays, rented motorbikes and crossed over…

Introducing Gili Trawangan thumbnail

Home is a strange concept, when you have no permanent address. For how long do you need to stay still, to put down your backpack and to sleep in the same bed, in order for a place to be a home? For someone who has spent the past two years crisscrossing the globe, that threshold becomes…

The Blogtastic TBEX’13 Toronto thumbnail

When I made plans to come home for my sister’s college graduation, I was elated to see that TBEX was taking place the next week in Toronto. Last year’s TBEX in Colorado was one of the highlights of my year, and I vowed to make it part of my 2013 travel schedule as well. To be…

Diving in Nusa Lembongan thumbnail

While I found peace and hints of paradise on land in Nusa Lembongan, the real reason for visiting has more to do with what’s below the water’s surface. The majority of my friends in Southeast Asia work in the diving industry, and over and over again I had heard them sing the praises of the diving…

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I write this post from the terminal at JFK airport, where I’m awaiting my flight back to Indonesia (well, first to England and Kuala Lumpur — it’s a thirty five hour door to door journey!) This trip home was the definition of a whirlwind, and it concluded with what could only be labeled a five day…

Going Back in Time on Nusa Lembongan thumbnail

Now that you’ve read about the very end of my Indonesia trip, let’s go back to the beginning. I had planned to land in Bali and make a straight dash for the small island of Gili Trawangan — after all, I was cutting it pretty close already in terms of time to do my Divemaster course…

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