SCUBA Honduras, Day Two

24 June 2014

Six am wake up to a sun as bright as mid day, and to the sound of… I’m not really sure what classification of music it would be actually… but our own personal DJ in one of the shacks across Garbage Lake (I just named it that). Here is our humble abode, home to Andrew, Kevin, Pascal, and myself. It’s nice. I stayed here last night with them & will again tonight but may go to the hostel some nights to meet people. We’ll see. Here is the apartment and our incredible view (even better on the other side where there is half a boat and a collapsed “house”):

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Andrew and Kevin (from NJ) went on the morning dive so I took a walk to the end of the main road on the island, or at least in this area. There is one main road that goes through the island. I came to the little beach and turned after I took it in for a few minutes. Along the walk I found a wall that said “gaviota,” which some of you know to be my favorite Spanish word. It means seagull though, so I’m not sure why there is a marlin mosaic picture near the word.

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When I got back, Pascal and I went for breakfast. We made friends with a cat and enjoyed delicious fresh fruit smoothies.

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I hung on the end of the dock at UDC to wait for the group to get back.

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There’s a great little coffee shop next to UDC where we relaxed in for a bit. I jumped off the dock, Andrew studied, and a guy named JD from Fla played some guitar. The proceeds of the shop go to promoting education along the rio coco river. Pretty neat.

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I read that Utila has an iguana rescue/research center so myself, Andrew, and Pascal went on a little hike to check that out. Andrew and I both got in one of the cages to feed him hibiscus.

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(A photo of a photo.)

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We also went just a bit further and found one of the highest points on the island with an incredible view.

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I finally got started on my dive theory course – watching a movie, reviewing the manual, and answering questions. Andrew, Kevin, Pascal, and I then grabbed a crepe on our way to a bar called Skid Row. Skid Row offers a challenge for a free t-shirt. The challenge consists of four shots of guifity (a traditional homemade rum brew made of twigs and foliage. Each guifity has a different taste based on the area you have it because not all land tastes the same. Anywho, you take three shots consecutively, then spin around in circles ten times, then take a fourth shot, then run around the pool table ten times. So worth the t-shirt! 😉

We got home and had a little grilled queso blanco (YUM) and fresh piña. Then the power went out for like twenty minutes – thank goodness for phones and our headlamps. And so it goes…. Bed time!

Another wonderful day. Goodnight!

SCUBA Honduras, Day One

23 June 2014

Okay, so I love Delta and that’s where all my miles are, but man is United on point with something’s. Outlets; wonderful. TVs; I’m indifferent but it’s cool. Gate organization; perfection! Thanks for making my connection the same gate as my arrival flight. Prime.

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Last year when I came to Honduras I had an entire row to myself for the flight down. I lucked out again! Slept nearly the entire way on both flights.

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We passed over Belize and I got a glimpse of the one of the top ten most famous diving spots: the big blue hole! You should look it up if you have a second. It’s incredible. http://www.belize.com/belize-blue-hole
And if you’re really interested you should watch the documentary Breathe. It’s about free diver William Trubridge and his incredible feats in a blue hole in the Bahamas. Such a fantastic insight in to a means of pushing ones body and mind… Those of you who know me know how much I love that stuff.

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Andrew is on Isla Utilia, that’s where I’m going to meet him and where we’ll be diving. http://www.utiladivecenter.com/en
It’s a bit of a ways to get there. I flew in to Roatan, took a taxi to a ferry, the ferry took me to La Ceiba, then I grabbed another ferry to Utila. Utila is 18 miles of the coast.

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I am thrilled to be spending the next week in this paradise. And I can’t wait to eat all the yummy fruits Honduras has to offer. (Side note: I will have pizza soon upon my US return.)

The rock of the first ferry through the waves nearly put me to sleep again. Okay, it did put me to sleep… not almost. But only a little dozing. I glanced behind me and apparently the waves had that effect on everyone 😴

The second ferry was wild. It reminded me of the ferry across Gibraltar Strait except a lot smaller, a lot faster, but equally as rough. Good times! I made friends with a great girl named Emily from Illinois. Her and I had great traveler talk. That’s one of my absolute favorite things about travel – finding these awesome like minded people. It only got better once I got to Utila. Andrew met me at the dock and walked me back to the dive shop (photos tomorrow), which is a perfect island style utopia. It’s a place of living within your means. There is a dock to jump off, a bar, and tons of dive equipment with wonderful happy people all around. And happy dogs. And cheap beer. And again, happy people. Obviously. Anyway! I’m so glad to have this reminder and realty check right now. I realize for most of you reading this a “reality check” might not be how you look at me being on a small island off the coast of Honduras with a bunch of people most of whom are not working but rather just traveling and enjoying LIFE, but for me it is grounding. It reminds me not to settle; it reminds me to avoid and oh or the influence of societal pressures with which I do not agree; it reminds me how little desire I have to go back and get a desk job.

Life is so good. I could not imagine myself with out these experiences. Hope you read this and are inspired to take the plunge. I’ve never been disappointed in a trip I’ve taken, be it planned in advance or spontaneous like this trip in Honduras. Go buy a ticket and LIVE.

Anywho, we sang happy birthday to one of the divers and had a delicious banana bread cake for him. A little queso blanco for dinner & e-mail updates in the living room in Andrew’s apartment. Adventures tomorrow! Good night, friends.

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Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers

6 June 2014

Funny title, right? Well it happens to be the title of a book I just began.

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When the GI threw the word ulcer out at me today, this book title instantly reeled me in as I perused the list of top books in each category in the iTunes store. I’m not far in to the book at all yet but it is pretty fascinating thus far. The common theme up to this point (this being the point at which I have so far come – aka still the beginning) seems to be the tolls of stress. I love how the author blatantly compares the functioning mind of Neanderthals to that of our current methods of thinking. He calls out how our silly wasted time of thinking of that which we cannot control ultimately controls us and we enable it to do so, rather than making changes early on to prevent those stresses from coming about later in life as realities. It makes sense how he puts it.

The topic of stress got me thinking…

Who says NYE is the only time to make goals and resolutions? Not I! I am dedicating my summer to positive changes. It’s easy to get off track and forget to do the things you most enjoy, wouldn’t you agree? Well that’s how I feel and I’m more aware now than ever that I’ve slightly lost track of what brings me joy. Here’s to steps in the right direction!

Number one on my list: finish books I’ve started. This being the first one, since it is my most recent and now I’m in to it. Anyone care to read along with me? I like book clubs.

Number two is happening in the kitchen tomorrow…. It’s smelling like a good Saturday to bake some yummies. (Here’s where those photos are going to come in that I mentioned in my last post.) I just love food and playing with recipes! You’ll see.

My cousins wonderful girlfriend posted this the other day and I thought it’d be perfect to share to end this little post. Thanks, Jordan!

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On that note, I hope you all make some new goals or reevaluate passions you’ve lost sight of as well. And let me know if you read the book, too. Goodnight, beautiful world!

Late Night NY Thought

March 11, 2014

Late night thinking influenced my desire to inspire.

I think everyone should read Chapter Three: Of Virtue in Work, from The Bhagavad-Gita.

I believe everyone should read the book in its entirety, but chapter three was one of the most thought provoking chapters for me. It brought an awareness causing me to appreciate and value the strong work ethic I developed from my wonderful Costello genetics.

I love this line:
“Work is more excellent than idleness;
The body’s life proceeds not, lacking work.”

What’s even more excellent in my opinion is that work is not defined from a cookie cutter mold. My work keeps me moving and smiling.

Sweet sleeps, big world… Hope yours are better than mine, as mine is under the influence of mrsa at the moment 😷 ughhhhh.

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