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Austria and The Town of Cats

Austria and The Town of Cats

In the fall of 2016 we went to Austria for a conference, and took the opportunity to travel across the country by train, on the way (in a way) tripping into an alternate reality of our own. It’s been almost two years and half a dozen dive trips in between, and as an interlude before the next batch of Bonaire posts, we figured it’s about time to finish those photos…

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Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman

A bit out of sequence, but here's the last in a series of dive trip reports (for now). We took a long weekend to the Grand Cayman last summer, prompted in part by cheap flights, and in part by an unusually frigid season on Cape Ann that left us shivering violently after every dive... Plus, we'd read that shoals of silversidesfrequent this area every summer. We were a few weeks late, but still hoped to catch some of the action.

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Raja Ampat South

Raja Ampat South

Ever since our first trip to The Similans onboard The Mariner, we’ve been itching to go on another sea adventure; and whenever we talked to other divers, Raja Ampat would inevitably come up as a favorite. An archipelago spanning over 1,500 islands and more than 40,000 km2, Raja Ampat (Four Kings) is considered one of the most biodiverse areas in the world: over 1,500 species of fish and 600 species of hard coral have been documented here, representing over 75% of all coral species known worldwide (!!). Its relative remoteness has also left its reefs relatively intact and pristine, and so our Raja Ampat dream was borne.

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Chasing Lights

Chasing Lights

Without a doubt, one of our most magical memories together was watching the night sky light up with the swirling and snaking green tendrils of the aurora. It was a sight that cemented our love for Iceland and ensured that we'd return time and again. We've often said to each other that if ever a favorable aurora forecast (more on that later) coincided with cheap airfare, we'd hop back over for a quick weekend jaunt. It's been over 5 years since, with a single summer visit to Iceland in between (although Ann will gladly remind me of her layover without me). And then it happened. Kp 4-5. $270 roundtrip. It was time to return to the land of Ice and Fire. 

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Mexico Trip Part II: Fresh

Mexico Trip Part II: Fresh

Our first stop was at Dos Ojos, the most famous and benign of the caverns. At its mouth we leapt into a pool full of swimmers, and watched from below a macabre yet mesmerizing dance of legs and torsos flailing in the rippling turquoise. In single file we followed the guideline into the cavern proper... Where Cozumel was fast drifts through fields of colors and coral formations, this was a world engulfed by stillness, with only the sounds of our breathing to punctuate the absolute darkness. Glimpses of limestone pillars and boulders, illuminated by our flitting torchlight, only heightened the beautiful terror of its chthonic passageways.

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