One of the programs I took advantage of for my very first expat experience in 1998 was the working holiday visa program that was offered by Australia. I chose Australia because I was quite apprehensive about the entire living abroad experience. At the time I figured that they spoke English, it was a former British Colony (like Canada) and it also looked great on a postcard! I couldn't get any further from Toronto! My first week there was an introduction into the world of Jet Lag and also hostels.... not sure I still like either one! As I settled in I found that even though the countries are similar, there were still cultural adjustment points, culture clashes and a little bit of homesickness.
Now, 16 years later I am happy to report that I have lived in a total of 8 countries and traveled to another 31; I am now comfortable landing anywhere in the world and enjoy the challenges of cultural integration! So, if you are thinking about getting out there, do some research and take off! You never know where it will take you :)
Halkett Bioherm (Sponge Bob)
Haven't been in the water for two weeks! Can't wait to head out to the glass sponge garden this weekend!
Last weekend I headed out to one of my favorite sites off of Lions Bay in Howe Sound. The group included 3 divers with underwater scooters and 3 divers with cameras. I am a bit undecided if having a scooter is worth it... the best part of diving on the West Coast is finding all of the amazing macro life and there is no way that you will see any of that on a scooter. BUT the guys did look like they were having fun!
Lions Bay Flickr Set Click HERE
People ask me where I have been diving in the world... Here is my run-down to date! (in no particular order)
Where am I going? Here are a few places on the wish list....
Bowen Island North and West
Great dives on Bowen Island this weekend - COLD! 38F on the surface and a balmy 42F at depth. Yikes!
Click HERE for photos
Long Time in the Making
Welcome to a project that has been a few years in the making but is wasn't until 2013 that I actually thought to incorporate everything into an actual business! So, this year I have been diligently diving, taking pics, and creating my online store :) I hope you enjoy!