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santa catalina: making ties

This post is the equivalent of a whole pile of baby photos. So, if that kind of things nauseates you just skip it and go on to the next one. If not, meet Paco, my sometime dog.

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all about coconuts

One of the best things about spending some time standing still for a while is opportunity to cook and play in a real kitchen. Living in the tropics, as I do, I am surrounded by coconut trees which probably pose a far greater hazard to my safety than camping out in the wilds but they […]

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cake

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whale shark

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shelter

The idea of managing a hostel never occurred to me before the opportunity spontaneously presented itself to me in Santa Catalina but having been the recipient of countless different forms of hospitality over the last couple of years it immediately appealed to me. I was directed to Blue Zone when I first arrived in the […]

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underwater world

Just in case you’ve been wondering what has been keeping me, this is where I’ve been. Sadly, I don’t have an underwater housing for my camera and since the one that fits my camera costs about $800 it’s  unlikely I’ll be getting one any time soon. So I am reduced to scrounging photos from other […]

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pacific dreams and real estate schemes

Santa Catalina is a fishing village circled by real estate sharks. There is already blood in the water and so it is only a matter of time before the feeding frenzy begins in earnest. But right now you can still meet a surfer from Devon there who attended the same boarding school as Winston Churchill […]

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the blue zone

The news is…. I have a job! I am managing a hostel in Santa Catalina. The Blue Zone is a laid back surfer hang out that comes complete with a charming house with an ocean view, a slightly crazy dog and a definitively crazy cat. It the slow season and the regular manager is taking […]

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isolation

Small village life. Two hours on the bus to the nearest grocery store. No internet to speak of, no phone, no post. On the other hand, there is the sunset over the Pacific ocean. Whales, dolphins, turtles. Surf. Clams on the beach. Fried fish. Rainy season thunder storms. Endless star gazing.

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more blue

I going to be taking time* out in Santa Catalina on the Pacific side of Panama to do more dive training in the Coiba Marine Park. * …’time’ here referring to maybe six months or so…

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