Barcelona Express – day 2

Barcelona Express – day 2

Today was already the second day of Barcelona Express for the Dutch competition (Go Dutch!). And let me tell you, it was again a great day. So the team behind Barcelona Express organizes a bunch of events in the evening after the hitchhiking is done. I am convinced they forgot that people need sleep. Last nighs schedule involved the winners to be announced at midnight, followed by a party UNTIL 3 AM. Given Charlotte and me were up at 4AM the day before… That was not going to happen.. We…

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Barcelona Express – day 1

Barcelona Express – day 1

Barcelona hitchhiking competition ! Just a couple of months ago I saw this Facebook advertisement for a hitchhiking competition to Barcelona… It immediately got my attention. Ever since my mom had told me about her hitchhiking adventures I’ve been more than keen on trying it myself. So this competition that I saw is called Barcelona Express. A competition where money is raised for the International Tree Foundation. Three different countries participate, with as a goal to reach Barcelona the quickest. The Dutch teams start in Amsterdam and spread out over…

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Scuba Dive Log – Varadero Cuba

Scuba Dive Log – Varadero Cuba

After buying a dive package in my hotel it was time to go diving in Cuba! If you want to read more about pricing and organizing please read my post: Booking Scuba Diving in Varadero Cuba Dive day 1 – PB-383 & Reef At 8:45 I was picked up at my hotel by a lady wearing a Marlin Marina T-shirt. She collected my voucher, that I had gotten from the hotel tour operator desk and off we went to the marina! In the bus were several other divers that had…

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Booking Scuba Diving in Varadero Cuba

Booking Scuba Diving in Varadero Cuba

Cuba has always been a country high on my bucket list. Not necessary because of the Scuba diving but mostly because of the rich history of the country. The people who have visited Cuba in general can be split in two groups of people, the haters and the lovers. When it comes to Scuba diving in Varadero, I think you’re dealing again with these two groups. At least after every immersion people either had a smile on their face or were highly disappointed. With all things in life I think…

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Why I love to travel alone

Why I love to travel alone

For the last 3 years I’ve started to take trips on my own. The first solo vacation was to the Dominican Republic in 2014. It was, unsurprisingly, a holiday focussed on Scuba Diving. Well technically my first solo trip was in 2005, when I was 19, to New York for an online game meet… But once arrived in NYC I was with friends…. So never mind that now. Edit: actually when I was 16 I back packed through Australia for a week on my own as well. Annnnyways…. The Dominican…

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Big island of Hawaii…. you have stolen my heart

Big island of Hawaii…. you have stolen my heart

Whilst sitting at the airport, waiting for my flight to Los Angeles, I’m looking back on the magical month I got to spent on the Big Island of Hawaii. The islands of Hawaii have always been a dream of mine to visit, so when I was finally able to go to one, it was time to pick out the right one for me. Well, I picked right. The Big Island is amazing and not just for one thing in particular but especially for the diversity the island offers. The State…

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World Ocean Day & Cleaning up the beach

World Ocean Day & Cleaning up the beach

Today, the 8th of June, is World Ocean Day. A day where everywhere around the world people commit to cleaning up our oceans and beaches, a great initiative that is sadly very much needed. It always saddens me greatly when I see trash on the beaches or in the water during my dives. Whenever I can, I pick up the trash. Pollution is absolutely good for no one, first of all it literally kills our planet and oceans… and it makes our planet ugly. The good news is, more and more…

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My first 2 weeks of the Dive Master Internship in Costa-Rica

My first 2 weeks of the Dive Master Internship in Costa-Rica

Dear Dive Master Diary, it’s been a while since I last wrote a blog. The Dive Master internship has officially started and it’s been interesting and diverse. We kicked off with a full day in class, divemaster theory. There’s a fairly sized PADI Dive Master Manual that every trainee has to learn, with a lot of physics as well. So the first 10 days that I got in Playas del Coco were mostly spent studying this Dive Master manual. There’s an exam to follow up on this Dive Master Manual that…

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A city-trip to Liberia

A city-trip to Liberia

Last Friday I had my first day off and I decided to spend the day in Liberia. Liberia is the capital of Guanacaste, a province in Costa-Rica. When I traveled to Costa-Rica I also flew to Liberia as it is only around 40 minutes from Playa Del Coco by taxi. This time, I decided to take the bus to enjoy a 1 day city-trip in Liberia. Taking the bus from Playa del Coco to Liberia The bus stop is conveniently right outside the dive shop where I do my internship (Rich Coast…

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A mermaid struggling to clean a boat!

A mermaid struggling to clean a boat!

Well, this is a bit embarrassing, yesterday I had my first (and hopefully last) sea sickness experience. This is extra embarrassing because I grew up on a boat in Amsterdam and have spent my entire life around and on water. For those who noticed there’s a movie with this post, do not worry, there is no disgusting content on the video! 😉 The video is about boat cleaning, which directly gets me to the way I managed to get sea sick. By boat cleaning! Boat cleaning, part of the Divemaster…

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