Friends, meet your new friends!

We had a speedy layover through Denmark, the land of the Danish. Of all the things in the airport, this character caught my eye and I felt the need to share. You’re welcome.

Ok, that’s all from Copenhagen so now a whirlwind weekend in Amsterdam!  

Since I’ve blogged about this unique city so many times, I’m going to refer those of you who want more details to the past posts.  Click on any of the following links to see some of my favorite photos and moments in The Netherlands.

Foot, wheels, trams and boats… lets take a look at Amsterdam!

Eat, drink, dance and feel the love in Amsterdam!

How to get lost with incredible people in Amsterdam! 

 Now a quick lesson on all of the lovely ladies below. I met Denise and Sofieke in Spain, reunited with Denise in Argentina where we met Ioni then all of us came together in Amsterdam. The other two gorgeous girls are sisters from California that I coached gymnastics to almost 17 years ago! Now, they all meet! Hayden was there too, but it was mainly a girls event (sorry pal).

Our evening started with a group dinner at a local tapas bar.


Check out these little human transporting devices. They were like a one wheeled, non-handled segway.  The group would just hop on and zoom off! 
  Pit stop for some tunes and a bit of laughter, dancing, laughter, talking and then more laughter again.  This angelic woman has been working for years at the coat check section in the upstairs washroom of one of our favorite clubs. I had to remind her who I was the second year, but this time… she made my night.  She got a gentleman to translate, “You’ve come back! I remember you, can’t forget that smile”. She even asked where my camera was. Night out in Amsterdam, success!


The following evening out was a new one for me.  Never did I think I’d be dressing up for an “American western cowboy party” in a small town in The Netherlands. Here’s a few shots from a surprise birthday party of a 60 year old John Wayne fan!  First up, costume! Here’s what I had to work with from my backpack. 


The decorations were outstanding. From rifles to bails of hay, cow print baloons and even a wooden stock (the form of punishment in which ones head and hands would be restricted from movement). A live band, a stocked bar and wonderful food made this gathering a memorable one!  


I felt like a new kid in school when the entire crowd stood up to partake in a traditional birthday dance.I couldn’t tell you what they were saying or how the dance went, but it was highly entertaining! 

Finishing up Amsterdam was a walk to the bus stop with the original three. Here’s a comparison from the first time we met 5 years ago to now. Love you ladies!

  Another path crossing is about to happen in the grand country of Germany! Can you tell this is my favorite part of traveling?! I met Carina, Florian and Jenni at Oktoberfest 5 years ago, then traveled to Costa Rica with Carina, introduced Hayden and Florian in Greece and now Emily and Allie get to met all of them! Did I mention that the Dutch from above and the Germans next up also met when there was 4 Germans, 2 Dutch and me?  Sweet paths of life, I love it!

How did we get from The Netherlands to Bochum? A train ride that was clearly no fun.  

First thing we do in Germany? Go to a fĂștbol game of course! Next up… just our small group with 80,000 other fans! 


Random bike facts of Amsterdam:

There are over 880,000 bikes in the city but less than 800,000 people and 25,000 of those bikes end up in one of the 165 canals every year! 

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3,500 bottles of scotch on the wall…

If you read the posts where I tagged along during Haydens candyland adventures back in Ireland, you witnessed a portion of the Guinness brewery and Jameson distillery. Considering we’re in the land of scotch, there are many specific options here, but he decided to participate in the tour that gave an overall lesson of the land and all that’s produced here.
It’s called the Scotch Whisky Experience. When we arrived, they sat us down in a barrel shaped booth and sent us off on what reminded me of a slow carnival ride. It was guided by an automated character that, for lack of a better description, was kind of creepy. It simulated ghosts of times past that explained how it all began.   

 The photos aren’t the best of quality considering the dim lighting and quick moving characters. I just wanted to give you an idea…


After the tilt-o-whirl lesson, they directed us through a few rooms that went into further detail of the mystery of Scotch making. 


The peak of the tour had us all sitting in a room like school children to watch a narrated video. This part was easy for me to absorb and I actually learned quite a bit about the regions, flavors and facts that go into scotch. After the video, we each got to pick a flavor to sample. It was cute to watch the room turn giddy when the bottles came out. 

The last step in our informative day was the room in which impressed everyone. Almost 3,500 different bottles of Scotch have been collected and displayed here.
The end of the “Scotch experience” differred for everyone depending on which level you signed up for. I chose the minimal which landed me a glass of water and extra time to take photos of Hayden who signed up for the platinum package. Here’s a kid at Christmas again! 


After the tour, food was priority so we headed to a popular pub called Ushers. Hayden ordered a meat pie with chips (french fries) and peas. Suggested by Alan, we ordered a scotch egg which is a hard boiled egg breaded with a meat covering then deep fried. Yeh… umm, not for me but thanks!  

Dessert was an easy choice since it’s one of the only things everybody mentioned to try while we were here. A deep fried Mars bar. Yeh… umm not for me but thanks!  
After our experimental day, we met up with sweet Mel and friends for a nice moonlit walk and casual drink.  


Early the next morning we headed to the Edinburgh airport with enough time for one more handstand shot and a sweet farewell to Scotland. 


Funny fact(ish) – Most Scottish people pronounce a “T” sound if it’s in the beginning of a word.  If it’s in the middle, they leave it out. 

Example: Tatties (mashed potatoes) should sound like “tat-ees” but they say “ta-ees” and “beautiful” comes out “beu-ee-ful”.

Also different is the “R”.  They either roll it or leave it out completely. I couldn’t get a store clerk to understand me whatsoever when I clearly asked where the “fruit” was.  Poor fella kept asking me what I was talking about.  I finally said “like an apple or banana”, he said (what sounded like)  “Ohh, foot!”

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Cambodia… 2 years later, kilts and castles!

Our next quick stop is to the land known for kilts, haggis and castles. Before we dive into bagpipes and scotch eggs, let me share another reason I wanted to explore Scotland.

Back in Cambodia, I was volunteering at the Flicks movie theatre working the popcorn machine with the other travelers passing through. Just before departing, the girl that would be taking my bed arrived early and I’m so glad she did! Mel had just come from Vietnam which is exactly where I was heading so we exchanged pointers, shared a few meals and even made time for a haircut. For that adventure check out the post Ticket for one please and a Cambodian beer

Two years later I’m landing in her current dwelling place of Edinburgh! Here we are back in Cambodia and now in Scotland! 

She not only welcomed us into her home, but handed over the key and let us crowd her room with our backpacks.  Thanks hun! 

 As Mel went off to work, Hayden and I decided to roam the streets of this enchanting place. Here’s what my eyes spotted out while wandering the capital city of Edinburgh. 

Side note, there are 3 handstands in this post!

     This little cafe had a different persons name on the board each morning. No, we didn’t walk by every day with high hopes one of our names would be printed out front. Maybe. 

 When I thought this ice-cream truck couldn’t get any more adorable, an elderly couple rolled up and I got to watch the man treat the woman to a cone and a kiss. 
  I loved this slope of greenery that seemed to be the perfect invite for students to study, couples to picnic and kids to play. On this day, it invited me for a handstand!  



It was a challenge to put the camera down since every building resembles a castle or some sort of ancient gothic statue. Even harder was narrowing down the hundreds of photos to the ones on this post! 


The heart of Midlothian sits beautifully in the strets of the Royal mile. Executions used to take place here in an old prison and the heart marks where the doorway used to be. Back in the 15th century, locals spit on it as a sign of disgust for the former prison. Now, it’s been told that spitting on it brings good luck… go figure.
This little man was by far my favorite of the day. A magician in training with the quick wit of an experienced comedian.  He was dropping jokes while flipping cards and managed to keep us (me) entertained!

I’ve gotten the privilege to see several places of this magnitude but there’s something special that I felt here. Considering the size and tourist appeal, it still maintains a traditional energy that makes it feel quaint and delicate. Next up will be a mini treat of food, drinks and a night shot of this stunning city!

Quirky questions for the day-

Gentlemen: For one year, would you rather have to wear a kilt everyday or have your mom pick your clothes?

Ladies: An old fashioned princess gown or dressed by your previous (ex) companion?

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Every king needs a castle and every castle needs a backpacker.

There are over 30,000 castles and ruins that cover the beautiful country of Ireland. Some small and quaint, others massive and grand. Many are tour sites that take you throughout the rooms and several allow for self guided roaming. Some you can host weddings in and it’s becoming more common to stay overnight (even in the self-claimed haunted ones!). Once Hayden heard that it was possible to sleep in a castle, there was no discussion. This went directly on the “must-do” list. You can imagine how the price ranges quite a bit and I’m sure you can also imagine what this did to my “backpacking mind”. I’m used to sharing meals in order to save on waste and hitch hiking to avoid costly cab rides and now… now my travel partner wants to stay in a castle!? Thankfully it’s true. Without him, I would not experience some of the things we’ve done and for that I’m grateful. 

After much research, we narrowed it down to the gorgeous Kinnitty Castle Hotel located at the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in Offaly. The price was right considering we got a 4 course dinner, full breakfast, an over night stay and a complementary bottle of sparkling wine all for less than your average New York city accommodation.

How do you get to this wonderful palace? You can take a bus to the edge of the city and then catch a cab into the villge where the castle sits.  Or there’s our choice, rent a car and stop wherever and whenever you want to! 

Hayden and I teamed up as driver and navigator. I gave clear instructions as he focused on keeping us on the left side of the road (opposite to America). Success! We stopped a few places a long the way like this  adorable fresh fruit stand. I think it’s a great idea to support local businesses that are driven to provide a quality product! I went for some blackberries. Delicious.

After a 3 hour drive leaving Dublin, we finally arrived to our accommodation made of gothic architecture in the middle of this open green pasture.  From the road it looks like the setting from a fairytale, including the horses that greeted me when I jumped out for a photo!


We made it! Judging from my face, I’m not excited at all.

 Like several of my recent posts, photos have been speaking for themselves. Lets just look around!  


My personal favorite was this court yard. It’s primarily used for wedding receptions but we used it as a breath of fresh air with some great photo opportunities.  

Our room made me feel like an old fashion princess… Well, excluding the available running hot water, electric fan, alarm clock and television mounted on the wall.  So, ignore those things and it’s like we were really back in the 1800’s! 

After we checked in and snooped around, it was time for our 4 course dinner.  (Way beyond my typical dining). On the menu were options like steak, fish, pasta and a few other quality dishes. All of them of course topped with some type of fancy nut-crusted, herb infused sauce to make it more appealing. Each table was served a platter of grilled vegetables and mashed potatoes along side a bread basket. Dessert gave a list from sorbet’s to cheesecake and delicate chocolates. 


The morning began with an Irish breakfast that consisted of several options. People love variety so you can imagine how well suited it was to find porridge, fruit, natural yogurt, meat, cheese, a variety of breads, granola, cereal, eggs cooked to your style, sausage, bacon, smoked salmon, juice, milk, coffee and tea.

Saying goodbye to our room was yet another bitter-sweet.  Who would want to leave a castle? Maybe two backpackers ready to see a different county! Farewell Kinnity Castle, it’s time for a new adventure. 

We were in no hurry to get back to Dublin, so we decided to check out several of the villages along the way.  Here are some snap shots from the road! 

The last bed and breakfast we stayed in was a home called Heatherview ran by Maura and Jim.  We were there in order to rest and freshin up over night before our early morning flight and it was perfect! A sweet spot, welcoming hosts and a tasty breakfast sent us on our way. Thanks Jim for your “special ingredient” in my Irish porridge! 


Backpack on, rental car returned and tickets in hand… Scotland, here we come!  

Would you rather spend a year living 200 years in the past or the future?

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Telling the locals that you’re not a Guinness fan, is like telling Rudolph that you don’t believe in Santa.

On that note, off to the brewery we go!  
 Talk about Santa, Hayden was like a kid at Christmas getting the tickets.  I had more fun watching him than experiencing the actual tour! 

I’ll take you on the condensed version of this self guided maze through the brewery in Dublin. Grab a pint and enjoy the ride! 


Reaching the end of the tour meant for a spectacular view and a complementary pint! 
Thank you Hayden for helping me with my drink as I’m sure it’s against some unspoken law to leave a full pint at the Guinness brewery! 


Beer not your thing? Well, in courtesy of you I wanted to show the whiskey side of Dublin.  Come along during our lesson through the Jameson distillery!   



So there you have it, two of the most famous tours done inside the capital of Ireland.  Unfortunatly this was all the time we allowed for in Dublin as we were eager to spend the rest of our time in the country side.  Lace up, take a walk, cross your fingers and buckle up… 

Random thought for the day:

If you were offerred unlimited adult beverages for 10 years at no charge, but you had to drink the exact same thing every time, would you do it?  

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I traded my flip flops in for walking boots

I gave my hugs to the wonderful hosts in Trinidad as they dropped me to the airport. This was would be the last of my island days (for now) as it’s time to meet up with more friends for a journey north!  
Imagine going from months of this…  

  To the sight of this! 

 Why on earth would I do such a thing? Today I’ll give you three reasons.

1. To visit my girl Bree! You’ve got to remember this angel from years past. We met on the unforgettable flight from Malaysia, found each other in Cambodia, ate our way through Thailand, reunited for Kadooment in Barbados and now, for the first time… we connect state side!  

2. To meet up with my go-to travel buddy!
 Hayden is coming from California to meet me on the east coast! For those of you that have not heard of him (welcome to my blog), here’s a recap on our moments around the globe! 

 3. This is the main hub for most transfers heading over seas.  After our brief stay in New York, Hayden and I are off to the land of Irish porridge and green pastures (or in our case, Guinness and castles).

Pretend I say the next portion of this post all in one breath because that’s what it felt like! Inhale, pause… and begin!

Since Bree is getting ready to move, our accommodations were wherever we could squeeze in thanks to her generous friends and their floor space. The first place was an adorable apartment with plenty(ish) of kitchen room for a blow up mattress. Care for a midnight snack? Sorry. Living quarters number two was a bit larger with a few creative space-making techniques. Check out there utensil rack! 

Pillow number three was a treat after admiring the floors above. Since Hayden, Bree and I pitched in for an Air B&B, it was like our own little flat for the last day of the trip. (I forgot to take a photo, oops!) This is also where we celebrated Bree’s birthday with scissors to her lovely locks.  Check out this transformation! Happy birthday my friend, glad I could be a part of it!  

 Here are all the photos I took from our 72 hours together in the Big Apple, yep… a whirlind.

 Leaving friends is always a bitter-sweet feeling not really knowing the next time we’ll meet, however excited for the next chapter. Our outbound flight was a direct red-eye straight into Dublin, the capital of Ireland. Impressive that we look more vibrant after the flight? Here’s a before and after… 


Next up, Dublin!

With just a day to scoot around, we wandered the popular neighborhood of Temple Bar and outer edges. These are the streets that confirm that Dublin still holds the record for youngest by population in all of Europe. Nealry 50% of those who abide here are under 25 years old!


Thought of the day: For one year, would you rather live…

A. On the top story with a roof terrace in New York 

B. A studio bungalow on a beach in the Caribbean

C. Above a historical pub in Ireland

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Through the sea and “down de islands”

As we said our farewell to Duane and his wonderful guidance through the island of Tobago, we snagged a ride back to the ferry.  I don’t want to pass up an opportunity to acknowledge a few little ones that made me smile.  These adorable faces tagged along for small talk for the entire journey and I loved every second of it!  My favorite part? Her hair, little ones cheesy puff covered fingers and the older ones smile while explaining that the top of the cupcake is the best part. (Enter my happy face here!)

Back to Trinidad meant another trek on the vomit comit with high hopes that Ryan and I weren’t the only ones that don’t get sea sick. This ride was better, especially because I got to see Eric again! Remember the mention of his name in Biggest little island of Tobago, well not only did we connect again, I got a tour of the ferry.  Thanks pal!  


There’s a popular spot that many retreat too for a getaway. Maybe you go every weekend or just for the holidays, either way it can be considered a mini vacation.  I was lucky enough to be invited to join Ryan in a trip down de islands for a day of food, drink and socializing.

Typically, you meet at the dock where someone from your destination will send for a boat or in our case, personally come get you! 


 Once we reached our dwelling place for the afternoon, it was clear it would be a day of friends, food and good times.  Lets take a walk around!  


Lunch was a treat not only to eat, but an experience to watch the process from the beginning. Hours of preparation, several ingredients, a head chef and a few helpers equaled a variety of flavors with cultural depth. Curried channa, meat stew, fish soup and a sweet n’cheesy dessert. This was of course along the side of many appetizers, snacks and self serve drinks.   
Wouldn’t you know it that I got the soup that was looking back at me!  I’ll consider it good luck. 


So besides eating, what do you do while on an island with a group of fun people? Enjoy them!  

Then there’s Ryan of course, my idol in the world of energized, water-loving acrobatics. He saw something elevated with a aquatic landing… for him, it was a must do! 

…over and over and over again.   
It wouldn’t be a typical day in a tropicl place without the afternoon sprinkle… or down poor.

As the sun hid behind the surrounding ridges, a few retreated to the patio as the rest of us went back to the main land. What an unexpected day on the outskirts of Trinidad.


 Thank you Joe for the welcoming vibe on my first trip down de islands!


Thought of the day:

Would you rather be stuck on an island with 3 friends and no supplies… or stranded out to sea with one friend and a month of supplies?

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No Man’s Land and Bioluminescence

“No Man’s Land” sounds like a forbidden country side or lonely desert in the middle of an old historical site. To anyone who knows better here in Tobago, it’s one of the nicest beaches on the island. See for yourself! 

Where was the picture above taken?  From these seats.  I know… I know! Couldn’t you just climb up in one of those right now?  

The best portion of this crystal bath tub is the shallow shore that allows you to walk far into the depths.  By “depths”, I mean knee deep. If you look at the photo below, Ryan is actually taking a picture of my handstand.  You can barely see me, but that’s the point!  

I was thankful that I got to chill on No Mans Land during the daylight to fully appreciate our last evening in Tobago. It’s amost bitter-sweet writing about the final excursion as it was the absolute hi-lite of the trip, yet the least caught on camera.  Why? The moonlight wouldn’t expose our journey through the dark sea and for the grand finale you would have needed a professional camera and crew to capture the magnitude and brilliance.

Before we get into that, lets begin with the preparation for the event. I’ll start with the drive to get to the starting point. For all of you water sport fans, please contain your drool. 

The sun was beginning to set and all of the participants arrived for a run down on where we’re going and what to expect.   

 This unforgettable tour starts at Pigeon Point and takes you through the Bon Accord Lagoon until you reach No Mans Land (the stunning beach from above). From there, you paddle or kayak through unbelievable glowing water. Read that again… glowing water! I rarely use the word “unbelievable”, but this, this is only what you see on the discovery channel.  In fact, when you go to and click on the night tour, Duane has a link to a video explaining this natural occurrence called Bioluminescence (depending on your accent, it sounds like bio-loom-en-es-ence).

Bioluminescence is caused by blooming phytoplankton and can be seen if “all keys are right”. I’m pleased to say, that on this night we had a wonderful group and indeed, all keys were right! 

Here’s the first photo taken as we headed to the water each with a glow stick, a floating devise and 2 trustworthy paddlers as our guides.  Duane with the unofficial assistance of Ryan made the group (at least speaking for myself) feel safe, informed and encouraged. I’d do it all over again!

From the shore we made our way to No Mans Land, some on paddle boards and others in kayaks. Here are the only photos that turned out blog worthy(ish) from the first stretch.

Finally we made our way to the “glowing water” and I’ll have to admit, at this point I was wondering just how exciting it would be. Hmm… 

As we got closer, I could feel my heart rate increasing and my eyes opening wider to try and absorb what I was actually witnessing! The vibrancy was so wonderous I don’t even want to show you the attempted photos. (If you’re even the slightest interested please see the video here or on Duane’s website). 

While coasting on your board, the fish beneath you look like highlighters jetting through the water.  Every splash you make with your paddle creates a rippling effect of neon lines.  Think this alone would be enough? So did I, until he jumped in the water! Surrounding his entire body was a glowing shield of the blooming phytoplankton. I thought this had to be the spike of my thrill but then… then I jumped in! I felt like a child in a life size pool of glow in the dark finger paint. We splashed around commenting on the sorcerer effect and super-human appearance, again like kids would do.  

The most powerful moment for me, was when my school-aged giggles went away. I looked at the motion in the water and realized it resembled, to what I think, energy looks like flowing from ones body, an “ora” if you will. I’ll admit to you all, it almost brought tears to my eyes that I was fortunate to experience such a thing and also saddened my heart realizing there’s only a small percentage that would ever get to do the same.

After the life changing swim, we continued the journey around the lagoon until reaching back to the starting point. The final pictures expresse it all! All of us full of life, energy and completely rejuvenated by natures own brilliant playground. 

  When you make it Tobago, please put this on your “must do” list and give Duane an extra hi-five for me!

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For some… it is what drives us

Time to exchange the flippers in for a paddle as Duane loads us up with a surprise.  Have you ever watched a movie in which a group explores through the wilderness, then kayaks through the clear ocean to hike the deep jungle until they fall upon a glorious beach with huge waterfalls covered by rainbows and sprinkles of tropical raindrops… ok, well this wasn’t exactly like that however this experience was way beyond my typical day in the sun!

First was an energizing paddle out to sea. At this moment I felt so insignificant in the wide open water, especially as I allowed thoughts to consciously cross my mind. I have been so fortunate to see a large glimpse of this amazing planet, however I’ve only scraped the surface.  Imagine all of the panoramics that our eyes haven’t seen and the friends we don’t even know yet. What a sensational concept that ignites something within when you really think about it!

For some… it is what drives us.



 Once we reached Bloody bay, we took a moment to take in the wilderness and all it comes with. A gorgeous landscape and private beach confirms why this is one of Duane’s favorite spots and we haven’t even seen the best of it yet!


These magical little leaves are responsive to touch, aren’t we all? They lay flat open absorbing the wind, rain and sun until touched or dropped. If stimulated, they fold inward and droop defending themselves from harm and re-open a few minutes later. Pictures don’t do the action justice, but I felt like a kid out there playing with these creatures. 


  These ping pong looking balls are actually empty eggs of the fascinating sea turtle. Momma comes here and digs a hole for thousands of eggs in hopes that a few will survive. You can see on the right side of the collage how a few hatched and slid down the sand bank heading for the water. The following photo is Duane walking the path of what appears to be mothers trail.


 I’d like to pause here and remind you of the activities park in Malaysia.  I do this because our barefoot rock-crawling hike today reminded me that theres no other feeling that can duplicate the sensation of earth under your feet. Heres a collage from Penang in the post Monkey business in Malaysia.


…and today!  


I had no idea where this therapeutic jaunt was leading until I heard the faint sound of water splashing. “Duane, did you take us to a waterfall?”! 

 Large enough to play in, deep enough to swim in and hidden to the public means this little escape made for the perfect play day! Who wouldn’t turn into a big kid around here?! 


 So at this point, I’ve been shown the landscape of what could be the next beach film, paddled in the open sea, played in a waterfall and now… I’m humbled during our return to shore. With a direct memory of the village in Ecuador, we witnessed a group netting off the beach. Below is a collage from the good times volunteering in the post Does it taste better when you catch it?

 This process takes precious time, consistent strength and team work. How rewarding! 
Not that fish was on our menu though. We had fresh fruit and… no knife. Leave it to Macgyver to pierce the watermelon with a screwdriver then split it open and serve it bowl style. Utensils? We used the 10 digits we were born with, glorious! 


For our next adventure, we kept slightly inland for a peaceful paddle on a smooth river in Richmond.

    Nothing fancy was needed to absorb the simplicity of the arched trees that created a shaded path for our ride. Enjoy… we did! 



For all my soca fans out there, may I get a curtesy laugh for wanting to title the next collage Ducking? 

 I won’t hesitate to end this post with another sunset shot, as it seems Tobago just hands them out as gifts. This look out point is Flag Staff Hill. Duane said that years back they had an organized party up here with a shuttle service and a DJ providing the backdrop tunes for what I can only imagine to be an epic evening.


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Under de sea!

For our short journey in Tobago, we’ll be staying with a super fella that could go by something along the lines of “the energizer bunny”, but we’ll just call him Duane. He’s a stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling, free diving, kayaking, island tour guiding genius that combines all of his hobbies to provide an incredible experience for visitors. What a wonderful place to have spectacular friends!

The first excursion had us driving to the starting point of a walk… to get to the starting point of a swim… that would get us to the starting point of the snorkeling. Tired yet? Nonsense, it’s play time!  

This was the point on the barefoot walk that would have had my mom a bit skittish.  Indeed, you’re looking at the remains of a snake.
  You can clearly see Duane already starting to share his plethora of knowledge. So cool! 

  This is right before we dove in, what a brilliant shot for a handstand.  (Thank you Ryan for the sneak a pic)
     Silly definition of the day: SNELFIE – a selfie while snorkeling. 

I took these to give you an idea of just how far out we were.  This wasn’t your shoreline disneyland of a playground.  I thoroughly enjoyed being encouraged to take the not so easy route to see what was beyond the sandbox.  
  This was a cool shot, Ryan caught me taking a photo of him taking a photo of me.  You can see Duane’s arm in both pictures.  
  This made me giggle (like so many things), look how graceful these fine gentlmen guide through the water.  Then there’s my defense pose after seeing an eel.  We have photo reviews underwater. I love it. 


 I feel like the photo below exudes the natural high that comes from being active in the elements surrounded  by healing saltwater and quality people. This picture also announces that my mask was too tight.
 After an aquatic workout like that, a local meal with a few cold beverages seemed to be the perfect way to finish off the evening. At Joanne’s, they post what she made for the day and you simply pick whatever you’d like to fill your take away box.  I went with a small portion of fish, provisions, peas and patchoi.  
One must always appreciate a sunset! First night in Tobago… Magical.  


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