Do I even want to be a Divemaster?

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More than six months of idleness, if that’s what you’d like to call it. I may have cycled across a country, thoroughly explored another, attended weddings and other parties, and spent several days diving in Thailand… But really, I haven’t had to “work” for over half a year. And then I arrived in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia. I’ve signed myself up …

A Day in the Gardens at Pyin Oo Lwin

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I’d arrived into Myanmar the day before to a whirlwind of hot, humid air, signs covered in little squiggles that didn’t seem to be a language, and confusion because I was finally in a place that was new and different. Then I went to the National Kandawgyi Gardens in Pyin Oo Lwin, and stepped into an the English countryside. Or …

Becoming a Celebrity in Myanmar

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As is only natural when getting into a new country, I became an instant celebrity… Leila (a friend I first met in Vietnam) and I heard some loud music playing as we first entered the National Kandawgyi Gardens at Pyin Oo Lwin, and to our surprise found the sound coming from a magic show. More surprisingly, an older man then …

Sunset Views from Mount Hpar Pu

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Heading out of the hostel, a wave of hot air washed over me. Walking past the small daily market and taking a left towards the river, I was searching for two “lions” that marked the spot where I should find the boat across to Mount Hpar Pu. I’d had a lazy day inside after a restless overnight bus journey that …

A Week in the Life Of… Week 27

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Well, I haven’t moved far this week. From a relaxing couple of days in Bangkok, I took an overnight bus down to Ranong (where the little bout of sickness I had last week surfaced again just as we pulled in along those winding roads). From there, I jumped on a speed boat, disembarking on a little island known as Koh …