And so it is after about three weeks of chill I think that the big questions start to come. What am I doing with my life? What is it all about? Is Sydney life really it? Am I really meant to sit in an office? I’m not sure what the answer is, but I know if I was a digital nomad, I’d have to have something to sell, and I’d have to have more decent wifi. It’s taken sooo long, two beers and three different locations to write this post. So it will be back to the office for me for now.
A holiday this is not and I have not even touched the sides of all the things I wanted to read, because the training has been so hectic! Amazing but hectic. I have really improved my diving feeling super comfortable and increasing my depth each day. I have met a new family of freediver friends here in Amed to come back and visit, my original fears of changing schools were really unfounded. Last week rounded up the end of a five day workshop with Frederic Lemaitre. I was sooo exhausted by the end of it, and so were the instructors.
A shot from Freediving last week with Frederic Lemaitre. Credit Kwabana.
They gave us three dry days out of the water, so today we did some fun diving to the USAT Liberty Shipwreck today. USAT is 104 meters of shipwreck that was pushed off the beach and covered in volcanic ash. The bow is in about 5 meters of water and the stern goes down to about 20 meters. So many fish and fun swim throughs. This time I could get the courage up to do the 15m ones. Plus… Ginger Hunk! Here is some footage from today.
Ginger Hunk arrived on Friday and we had a great weekend chilling with friends who were up visiting from down south.
Have I really been away 11 days already? It has been a bit of a blur. I’m delayed with my posts because I had a nightmare with my site, somehow it reverted back to old fonts, and my old settings did not work. So I’ve had a delightful time, trying to re-code the fonts here in the Balinese WIFI. Anyway, if something is weird, do tell me.
So I spent the first four days of my trip winding down in Penestanan, Ubud. Caught up with some friends, walked in rice fields, practiced some yoga and ate a lot of wonderful vegetarian food. I’ll share my tips here in a separate post. I also spent about four hours one day visiting Villa Kitty Bali, again, a separate post. I was truly amazed at the dedication of one woman to bring animal rights to Bali. It is really sad what happens to the little kittens here, anyway, I will save that tail (get it, tail?) for another time.
On Tuesday I arrived in Amed, and felt the sigh of relief to be in a slower paced quiet environment. I was a little bit anxious to not have the familiarity of my old dive instructor and my old freedive school but on turning up at my homestay and Apneista I knew I had nothing to worry about.
On Wednesday, I met my new freediving family and was delighted to find out the owner’s wife is a mad cat lady, and they have five cats in their home. I had three warm up sessions in beautiful Jemeluk Bay, where the visibility was so awesome we could see and touch the sand from the 25m line. After my anxiety about getting in the water, my previous equalisation troubles, I was astounded to get to free immersion at 23m on day three. Continue Reading…