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Caye Ambergris, Belize 2013

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Caye Caulker, Belize 2013

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Noronsquí, Crasquí and Rabusquí

My first tour to the islands in Los Roques was to Crasquí. I had been in the island before on a stop from a dive. What impressed me a lot on the site was a “sea of conch sells”. Yes, in a part of the beach I could not see the sand, large conch shells, beautiful and impressive at the same time, covered the ground. It was worth it the trip only to see this surreal place.

On the way to Craqui, we stopped in Noronsqui to enjoy the beach, I stay some time observing the small lizards, they were ugly and had some strange feet. In Crasquí it was snorkel, lie on the sand, sleep and read…

The best part of the trip, in my humble opinion, was the stop in Rabusqui on the way back to Gran Roque. It was a sea of sea stars; I had never seen something like that. White sand, transparent water and dozens of sea stars spread all over the ground, it was like seeing a sky drawn underwater. Even though it was late afternoon and sunlight not so strong, it was impacting...

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Cairns and surroundings

One of my reasons to come to Australia was to dive in the Great Barrier Reef, so I got an airplane to Cairns on northern Queensland coast. The city, at this time of the year, reminded me Brazil (Salvador). It is hot and humid, and I loved. It was the rain season, so there is a bit of rain almost every day and, at the same time, there is bright sunlight everyday too, like tropical Brazil.

Cairns seemed a calm tourist town but with a lot of activities: diving, rafting, ballooning, national parks, islands, crocodile watch, skytravel… There were so many options it was hard to choose one. First I wanted to get a sense of the place, see the town, so I waked a lot around the port, the marina, the esplanade. Then, I rented a bicycle (actually, I borrowed from Stephen’s friend on Gilligan’s) and went on a bike trip around town. It was a bit rainy but good to get a broader view of the city.

After that, I spent some time relaxing on the city Esplanade Lagoon...

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Edward – Shipmaster – Green Island – Cairns

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Pulau Perhentian

I had read about these beautiful islands northeast of Malaysia and got crazy to scuba diving there. I loved it! It remained me of Gili Trawangan islands in Indonesia, the place where I did my Open Water Dive, ten years ago.

Dives

I did two dives on the island: one at Tokong Laut (Temple of the Sea) and another at Sugar Wreck (a shipwreck). The diversity of sea life was impressive. I saw different types of fishes, turtles, bamboo sharks, squids, schools of sardines… Wonderful, and beyond that, very cheap compared to Brazilian prizes. A dive trip was around RM80 (+/- U$25). I hadn’t dived for a year, so I needed it.

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Koh Samui – Bo Phut

We decided to continue the car journey to see some places on the island we haven’t have time to see. The first stop was the Bo Phut pier. Interesting because the small wooden quay gave us an enormous peaceful feeling. We drove to the Big Buddha, a huge statue of a golden Buddha. The statue of almost 20 meters height was built in 1972. There was also Buddhas with monkeys, I had read about them but until then I haven’t seen. I liked the place because it looked like Thailand a lot. It was not anymore a tourist island with resorts; here it was a place full of faith and beliefs. The rest of the day we spend relaxing on the sun beds of the hotel: sun, sea and coconut tree shade. Walking on the beach I saw a glass bottle with many seashells stuck to it. That reminded me the sandal from the other beach. Once more the nature was showing its strength.

Our last day on the island we had reserved for a dive trip. We went to Koh Tao for diving...

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Sardinia

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I decided to continue with the “escapade trips” to islands. After Mallorca it was Sardinia. This time I went with Maxim, we got the excuse of his birthday to do this first trip “by errante”. Now, besides doing the web pages, he was photographing making videos with me.

As soon as we got there it rained really strong. Alghero’s old town was empty, looking abandoned and there was water everywhere. We had a good dinner in an Italian restaurant and went back to the hotel. Next day it was sunny and like that it was the 4 days in Sardinia, a perfect climate for traveling. We rented a car, essential to see the island. First we drove to the east side of the island. We were surprised by the amount of garbage by the highway near Nuoro. There was fridge, sofa, oven, parts of cars, all thrown away by the shoulder of the road. We stopped in Nuoro to have lunch and walk around the mountains. The region is known by its murals. We saw some interesting one, even by the roads.

Before getting t...

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Mallorca


I took advantage of my mother’s visit to Spain to go to Mallorca. We went for only four days. We arrive on the afternoon and we stayed sunbathing on the terrace of the hotel. Later we had a delicious torte with tea and went for a walk on the old town.

The city of Palm is beautiful, it has a very interesting old town and wide avenues with coconut tree. We realized that they were accustomed with tourists because we were always well treated in restaurants and hotels. They are hospitable, different from other parts of Spain where they seem to be bothered by the presence of tourists.

On our last day on the island we try to take a boat tour but it was not possible. He was final of the high season and in those days they had changed the schedules of the boats. We always arrived one minutes later that the boat had left. Great part was error of the workshop of tourist information that in said the wrong schedule to them...

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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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