Diving the Maldives

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The Republic of Maldives is a wee tiny chain of islands southwest of the southernmost point of India way out in the Indian Ocean. There are a few interesting facts about the Maldives that you may not know. First, it is the smallest country in Asia both in size and population. Second, it is made up of 1,192 coral islands in a chain of 26 atolls spread out over ~35,000 square miles. Third, the highest elevation in the entire country is just under 8 feet, making it the lowest country in the world, which also means that when there is a tsunami warning anywhere in this hemisphere the locals clench up a bit – unsurprisingly, there are few, if any, climate change deniers living in the Maldives. Lastly, the Maldives is a Muslim country so the culture is rather conservative especially when it comes to drugs, alcohol, showing skin, and many other things that people like to do when they take their vacation, however, the big resorts have worked out a deal where they can serve alcohol and people can rock their teeny bikinis, but god help you if you try to smuggle in drugs or alcohol because the punishment is dire. Continue reading

A Vacation From My Vacation

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We have landed back in the cold northeastern corner of China and already we are planning our next escape to warmer climes. I did, in good faith, write up a blog post last week but had some technical issues with my tablet as well as some connectivity issues (yeah right, A-Hole) on location in the Maldives – did I mention that we went to the Maldives? Now that post is completely lost somewhere in the ether so instead I will just post a few pics and then give you something to look at next Monday once I remove my head from vacationland (my ass) and get all the photos edited. I also shot some film there as well so hopefully that all comes out looking good. Working with older cameras is such a weird feeling for me because you never know what you have until the film is processed. Lastly, I was also able to shoot some underwater photos as well and let me tell you something – I am not very good at it. It is so hard to keep everything still and in focus. A first-world problem if there ever were one. Continue reading

A New Year

 

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It is 2016 all of a sudden and we’ve survived our first year in China. Recently, as in yesterday, I did a little self-assessment about what I’ve learned and done over the past year and then made a list of things that I would like to accomplish before we leave in a year or so. Since one of my goals for this year (as it seems to be every year) is to post more on this blog, I figured I would tell you all about it – sort of catching up, if you will. Also, I will pepper in a few new photos just in case this bulls__t bores you. Continue reading

A Week in Phuket: Briefly

I want to go back to Thailand.

I want to go back to Thailand.

It’s the afternoon Golden Hour here in Dalian and instead of roaming the streets looking for good shots I am sitting at my desk happily writing about something we did last month – or has it been two months? It doesn’t matter really. The combination of age and Asia has conspired to make the time go faster for us since we’ve arrived in China. Neither Blondie nor I are used to the amount of daily input we are getting from our new surroundings. In Texas I had to find things to do with friends in order to write this blog (we know how well that went, don’t we), but here I can’t go for groceries without having at least two paragraphs ready to cram in my journal. Does it sound like I am showing off a little? Am I employing the humble brag beyond the appropriate threshold? Yes, Yes I am, but I assume you don’t check in on Afield to hear about how well I am doing in Chinese Class (ech, not great – it’s giving me dreams about junior high math), or that Blondie works more hours than most teams do (Teams!). So, I will get on with it and show you some of the sights from our recent trip to Thailand, Phuket to be exact. Continue reading