Just Chilling With Steve The Turtle In Hawai’i

Turtles always look like they’re judging you.

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to have swum with a sea turtle, you’ll know what I’m talking about. They’ll cruise on by, swimmin’, chillin’, munchin’, and give you this look that’s like “Uhgg, a human. Gross”. And most of the time they’re right because we’re busy flailing and coral stomping.

Scuba diving taught me to be still in the water; not only to conserve energy but also to not disturb marine life and kick up silt. But it’s easy to forget that most people haven’t been taught these things. In response to the aforementioned coral stompers I saw and gently educated on the subject, I’ve put together a guide on how to be a responsible snorkeller. Because education can change the world, yo.

 

Where I Am

Oh, woe is me! I’m writing this from our balcony overlooking the mountains of Kaua’i in Hawai’i, in our schwanky HomeAway (it’s like Airbnb) house. And to make it even better, I’m here with Mum, who I haven’t seen in close to a year.

We’ve been wanting to catch up for ages now, but money and time made it impossible. Then I found a sweet deal with Jetstar for return flights Melbourne to Hawaii for under $400 AUD. When you live in Australia you come to terms with any sort of international travel is really pricey, so $400 is a bloody bargain for us. Mum booked that, I got a flight (well, technically 3 flights if we’re being accurate) from Victoria to Kaua’i. And ba da bing, ba da boom, we’re living up the island life!

It’s been absolute bliss, but it took me a while to get comfortable with relaxing. I’m normally go go go. Wanting to see and live as much of a place as I can. And although I did some great dives (and saw more turtles in 2 days than I had in my whole life prior), the relentless rain put my epic hiking plans on hold. So I read, and wrote, and worked. Watched every sunset, ate all the foods, and drank all the wines.

Maybe this whole relaxing schtick ain’t so bad…

 

Where I’m Going

If you haven’t had a read of my last update which goes into more details on my travel plans, you can do so here. To recap:

  • Melbourne (Vic, Australia) for all of April. I couldn’t let you in on this before, because I was keeping it from my Dad… Update on the surprise to come.
  • Saskatoon (Saskatchewan, Canada) in April some time.
  • Victoria (Vancouver Island, Canada) on April 26th – May 20th ish.
  • Langara Island (Haida Gwaii, BC Canada) from May 19th – September-ish.

 

Since then, these have been added onto the list:

Puerto Vallarta (Jalisco, Mexico) HOPEFULLY in late September.

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Two amazing friends I met while I was living in San Fran moved to Puerto Vallarta at the start of the year. And I’ve been hankering to see them again ever since we parted ways. After working up at the fishing lodge I’ll be sorely in need of some sun, so why not kill 2 birds with one stone? And by kill I mean drink, by birds I mean with my mates, and by stone, I mean on the beach. Simples.

 

Malta in November-ish.

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I’m applying for my 1-year Maltese working visa, because first and foremost, why not? It’s a stunning island nation in the EU filled with sun, culture and food. I can’t imagine somewhere better to spend a year exploring. And secondly, this will be the last-ish working visa I can get before I hit the dreaded 31 deadlines. Cue the worlds smallest violin.

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The conditions for getting a Maltese working visa are incredibly vague. They say you can apply up to 25 years old… and sometimes 30. When I asked if that was up to 30 or before 31, the answer was pretty much “ehh“. So we’ll see.

I haven’t decided where in Malta I’m going yet. But I’d like to work in diving again, and can’t imagine I’d live far from the coast. If you’ve been to Malta, let me know what/where you enjoyed!

 

 

What I’m Reading

  • Hawaii: A Novel by James A. Michener was originally published in 1959, and is a dramatisation of Hawaii’s history. And by that I mean it’s entire history, from a blank space in the ocean to spewing lava, to missionaries. It’s pretty damn riveting so far, I can see why it’s so popular.

Remember this. It’s emergence was nothing, But its persistence and patient accumulation of stature were everything – James A. Michener

  • I’m still working on You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero. I have to admit, when she started talking about God I was a bit put off, but I’ll persevere and try to not let that change my thoughts on it as a whole.

 

What I’ve Written

 

What I’m Writing

I’ve been feeling more creative than I have in a while. Whether it’s having access to a warm ocean, lots of vitamin D, or seeing friends and family, I don’t mind. It’s allowing me to get back into the swing of things writing-wise, and I’m loving it.

 

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Isn’t this enough? Just this world? Just this beautiful, complex wonderfully unfathomable world? How does it so fail to hold our attention that we have to diminish it with the invention of cheap, man-made myths and monsters? – Tim Minchin

 

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