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Yarra River, Melbourne

I always liked cities with a river, in my imaginary I have some of the famous European cities and their rivers: Paris, Berlin or London. The Yarra river is a landmark of Melbourne city. By its shores passes cyclists, tourists, runners, and you can see all kinds of boats, specialty the big rowing boats. The landscape is also seductive, large modern buildings, small houses, trains, trees, parks, bridges… Well, maybe that is why Melbourne is considered the most European city in Australia.

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Pablo and Otto – divemaster in Los Roques

My guides for the dives in Los Roques. Divemasters at Ecobuzos.

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Great Barrier Reef diving

In order to dive on the Great Barrier Reef I decided to get a 3 day / 2 nights live aboard. Early in the morning we meet at the dive shop (ProDive) and went for a breakfast on the boat before departure. The trip to the Great Barrier Reef was smooth, no storms and no seasickness. It was interesting to notice that during the whole trip nobody got seasick. We were very lucky with the weather. Even so it was rain season, we had sun light every day. There was some rain, but not in the way to damage our dive days.

Our first stop was at Petaj Mooring, a dive site at Milln Reef. The crew of the boat was excellent in doing the dive brief. They showed us a map of the site, explained what we could see and the best way to explore the place. For the ones that did not remember how to use a compass, the give a quick refresh. The importance of using the compass was because we were in our own, there was no divemaster guiding the dive...

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Edward – Shipmaster – Green Island – Cairns

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Khartoum – Sudan

The following days in Khartoum we continued with Colab workshops and also could visit places on the city. We met Gama, a Sudanese friend of Hamasik and Felipe (from Brazil), for a coffee at Goethe Institute, his workplace. It is a very pleasant there; they have a beautiful yard where we drank the Ethiopian coffee recipe with scents and ginger. Later, Javier took us to see the place where the 2 Niles meet. It was late afternoon at a park, a mixture of green area with an amusement park, I just loved it.

By the end of the workshop, after we finished the work, Elamin invited us to a boat tour on the Nile. I sat on the stern of the boat and due to the strong sound of the engine I could not hear what people were talking, so, I got quiet observing the landscape. It is interesting to perceive the strength of the river, in a way, everything here is related to it. I imagined the legends and old stories that could exist on the places I was passing by...

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Scandinavia – Baltic 2004

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Krabi – Ao Nang – Phang Nga


We arrive in the city of Krabi and went straight to Ao Nang beach. A pleasant beach, full of hotels, bars and restaurants. The beach is crowded with boats that, frequently, offer to take you to an island or interesting beach. We strongly recommend the 4-island tour. It is one day in a long-tail boat island hopping (Poda Island, Chicken Island, Tup island and Phranang cave). The boat trip is slow, what makes it an enjoyable trip so one can calmly observe the nature, rocks, sea, and other boats… Everything, without having the idea of being in a hush to arrive somewhere.

The Krabi region of is well known by rock climbers and divers. It is surrounded by rocks for climbing and waters for diving. Here it is the famous Koh Phi Phi, the island where it was filmed the movie “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio. We benefit from that going to the Phi Phi area for diving. We had been diving for 2 day (4 immersions) in a place called Maya Bay and Koh Bida Nok...

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Bangkok

Bangkok was the arrival and departure place in Thailand. An impressing city, full of paradoxes and surprises. Usually when I travel I don’t like big cities, but Bangkok seduced me. Many things in Thailand reminded me Brazil. The mixture of rich and poor, modern and antic, high technology and obsolete, nice people, heat, informality, chaotic transit… Bangkok is like São Paulo, although more beautiful, for its temples and palaces.

We spent almost two days visiting temples. They are impressive: golden Buddha, palaces, gold, ornaments. The city is a mixture of Buddhist temples and modern architecture. The high buildings catch the eye as much as the temples.

The transport here it is already an adventure. The tuk-tuk taxi are everywhere, they are like a 3 wheel motorcycle with cabin for passengers, a cheap way to move around town. Another interesting taxi is the river taxi, a ferryboat that connects the two margins of Chao Phraya. There are about 20 stops of this boat taxi...

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Stockholm

We arrived in Stockholm on a Sunday, a calm day. Sundays are the same everywhere… In our way to the hotel we waked downtown where there were many cafes with outside table. Everybody were by the sun.

Later we went to visit the old town “Gamla Stan.” We passed by the port where it leaves many tour boats. It was a beautiful sunny day. We walked a lot around the island. It is crowed with bars, restaurants and tourists on the streets. We would sometimes seat down to see the people passing by. It caught our attention the number of mothers with baby stroller. We even joked that it must be fashionable to have babies nowadays. Next day we walked around downtown and later got the ISEA cruise to Tallinn.

We came back to Stockholm a week later, it was already cold. It was the end of August but on evenings the temperatures went down. The rainy day added some “coldness” to the atmosphere. We went for dinner in a restaurant in Gamla Stan: good food and wine...

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Ferry Stockholm – Mariehamn – Tallin


We got the ISEA cruise in Stockholm that departure at noon. I spend the day in lectures and my mother in the pool and Jacuzzi. I took advantage of the coffee break to teach my mother how to photograph with the digital camera. After all, she would also photograph during the trip. Her first photos were from me seated in the ferry café.

By the end of the day we stopped to do a tour on the small island, Mariehamn. The island had been under the domain of Sweden and Finland, nowadays it seems to be an independent region, part of Finland. It is a place of summer houses, it looked very calm and serene. It was the end of the season, there was not many tourists. We try to imagine how it would be to live there in the winter (cold, snow and very few people); but for a Brazilian mind it was difficult to imagine that. We came back to the ferry for dinner, performances and parties of the night. We arrive in Tallinn next morning.


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