From Mexico to Bocas del Toro, Panama with a pit stop in Costa Rica

Greetings from below sea-level! #Panama #diving

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Tomorrow our IDC (PADI’s Instructor Development Course) was supposed to start. Here, at Playa del Carmen – Mexico, things didn’t go as planned, so we have to make a decision.
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Eat, Sleep, Beach, Repeat – our daily lives.

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Starting the day…

It’s 8 o’clock in the morning when the sun rays caress the bedroom window. Time to wake up as I jump out of the bed while trying not to wake up Mr. Viking. In the kitchen I browse for a cooking pot and start heating up enough water for two cups of coffee – or maybe I’ll take some green tea today, we’ll see. If I find a yoga-mat near me I will do some morning yoga, but doing exercises while being “on the road” still challenges me. The fan is on and at the same time so is the air conditioner. It’s starting to annoy me so I turn the air conditioner off. A loud ‘Kalimera’ (Greek for good morning, just to pick a nice foreign language) is coming out of the bedroom while I just walked back to the kitchen and our day has officially began.
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Becoming a PADI Divemaster in Mexico

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La isla Bonita

It took us a year to finally find the right place for our Divemaster course. We were in search for an instructor who would be willing to teach and show us everything on how to become a pro. We ended up in la isla bonita – really named Isla Mujeres in Mexico. Having already a great quantity of dives logged and therefore plenty of diving experience we were more than ready to start the Divemaster course.

Let me tell you all about it – our Divemaster course in Isla Mujeres.
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Wreck diving in Isla Mujeres with Sharks

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Diving in Isla Mujeres

The last few weeks have been intense while also super relaxed. About two months ago mr. Viking and I set foot on Mexican soil again after having been working our asses off for 6 months in Greece. Now we haven’t quite been sitting still over here either, but without to much pressure. This winter we started our Mexico travels in Playa del Carmen, where we currently are as well. We had however never though of ending up here again after two months, but the island hopping we have been doing in the meanwhile pretty much led us back here. Now before I start telling you what we are doing here in PDC I’d love to tell you what happened from the beginning.
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An unsolved mystery of the colossal Olmec heads

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The young Olmec warrior

One of the first people to have lived in Mexico were the Olmec people and you can find their history in the Mexican province of Tabasco. In the city of La Venta colossal Olmec heads made out of rocks were found by archeologists, which nowadays are located at the nearby Villahermosa. There they are exhibited in a beautiful jungle park.

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[Journal] A few days in Paradise at Kuna Yala

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I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew I wanted to go there. Being there meant that I could finally understand the lyrics of an old Dutch children’s song from “kinderen voor kinderen” called op een onbewoond eiland. They sing about life on a uninhabited island and it’s one of my favorites kids songs. Now a dream was coming true.
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A Travelers Puzzle of Love

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While the snowflakes come down…

Today I woke up in a warm bed. Outside the temperatures are -10 CΒΊ and the mountain scenery is quite different compared to where I come from. Hiking up a hill is something that exhausts me because I grew up with low and flat lands. I don’t mind going down hill though, especially when there is enough snow and I can use a snowboard to do so. Staying in the Italian Dolomites lets me discover more about myself. About why the Netherlands isn’t really my thing the whole year through since right now I can be in surroundings with extreme nature. Huge mountains, snowy peaks, frozen waterfalls and lakes, curvy roads and wild foxes that take my breath away as they appear so suddenly.
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Enchanted by the Mayan ruins of Tulum at sunrise

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Sunrise at the Mayan ruins of Tulum

Tulum is a laid-back Mexican town on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula where popular Mayan ruins are located on a cliff overlooking the beach. Here’s how to avoid the crowds and have the beautiful ruins all to yourself during a visit to Tulum.
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Baby Sea Turtle release in Puerto Escondido

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The cutest thing I’ve seen so far – that’s the feeling these guys gave me when they started blinking their big black eyes while moving their bodies in the rhythm of the ocean. It’s for sure that they’ll all be good swimmers, even while they have a pretty awful sounding one percent survival rate. Cute little sea turtles – we got a chance to help them make it.
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Backgammon at Mexico’s Puerto Escondido #ItTakesTwo [video]

Just another day in paradise for us two…

Thom​ and I are now at Puerto Escondido, on the beach of Zicatela, where we enjoy beating each other in Backgammon!

…and yes, we basically have the whole place to ourselves πŸ™‚

The best Cenote diving in Mexico

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Gran Cenote

Before we settled in for the long haul flight to Mexico’s Cancun I Googled about the natural phenomenon that stole my attention a few years ago. I was never close enough to the area of cenotes to reach them, but this time my boyfriend and I were going to spend some time in Tulum. We started planning on trying to find some hippie beach spots to relax at while knowing the cenotes are basically going to be in our backyard. I just had to investigate and learn a bit more about sinkhole diving knowing that we have the cenotes so nearby.
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Diving at Votsalakia #ItTakesTwo [video]

We love diving! Life is Blue!

We went for a couple of dives in Amoopi and did quite a lot of dives at the beach of Votsalakia. Here’s a video of a complete dive we did in Votsalakia, where we spotted a sea star, caves, strange tiny jellyfish and some other kinds of fish still undefined.


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