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From Barbados to Grenada

July 28, 2018

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“Barbados is the Miami of the Caribbean,” said the nail technician working hard to remove the dead skin from my finger cuticles. She didn’t even look up. I’m sat in a shopping mall in Grenada right now. Her intricately braided hair woven tightly. When you bounce around the islands you meet people from all over. […]

Taiwan

July 28, 2018

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I found this blog post buried in my draft folder. No I haven’t suddenly skipped to SE Asia. I am still very much in The Caribbean. It was pit stop I made in September 2017 after my cancer diagnosis was confirmed in The Philippines. It was also the last time I went on a bender…..enjoy! […]

Lionfish and sharks

July 13, 2018

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In the Caribbean Lionfish are foe not friend. These zebra stripped fish are wrecking the reefs. A species that was introduced (no one quite knows how), their numbers are damaging marine ecosystems. They are highly venomous and have few predators. They are killing off endemic species by competing with their food source and they consume […]

Races and Olympics

July 7, 2018

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(NB should have been updated June 20th) Day 12 and our sailors had a busy day of activity ahead of them. Today was Race Day. All four boats had to up anchor at 0915 and at 0945 we were expected to turn our motors off, raise both sails to race to Long Bay. Our monohull […]

The hyperbaric chamber

July 7, 2018

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The hyperbaric chamber is a place no diver ever wants to be sent. It’s a confined, airtight capsule that is pressurised to a specific depth to try to rebalance a diver who is suffering decompression sickness (DCS). Last Friday night. (July 29) I watched a colleague go through this ordeal for five hours. We were […]

Winding down and gearing up

June 22, 2018

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The last three weeks have taken some adjusting. A different pace, environment, social circle and living conditions. So far I’ve enjoyed working with the teenagers during my Early Alpha programme. Some individuals needed more time and attention than others but on the whole they were well behaved and did listen. Maybe it’s because I’m 20 […]

Challenge Day

June 20, 2018

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It’s the day that gave me the most anxiety when I went through staff training. Our catamaran was handed over to us to sail after just three days at sea. Thank goodness for my team who clearly had a better idea of what was going on than me. The veteran staff also decided to make […]