Monthly Archives: March 2012

See you soon

The only thing you can have too much of in this island is quite simple – farewells.

You get to know someone, they make you smile, you like them, you start hanging around every day in the shop, on the boat, underwater, on your free time and in your busy time. Eventually that person is a constant in your days and you grow to love them too much in too little time.
That would be absolutely fine if it wasn’t for the fact that nobody stays in the island forever (besides instructors, hence the lack of attachment from them to all of us). After a few months, I’ve already had to say goodbye to people I wish they stayed around. First it was Shaun, my buddy fundiving, sitting at the front of the boat and laughing at the bar in the evening. After that, a whole bunch of DMT’s finished and left in the same week leaving us quite alone (Emma, Johnny, Tom, Mark, Marko, Josh and Louis).

Yesterday, it was Adam. He was the first one to trust me and leave me alone underwater with a fundiver. He was the one that we all went to whenever we needed anything. He was also the person I’ve laughed the most with, to the point of ending up crying and with my cheekbones hurting. He was the closest DM to all of the DMT’s and the one we all looked for when it was time to go out at night and do something fun. He had been here for 8 months and none of us was expecting him to go anywhere any time soon. But in this life shit happens… and wars also happen. That is a lot of shit and almost impossible to imagine when you are living in Koh Tao. But it’s real and that’s where Adam’s gone – to some kind of probably stupid and racist war in Israel as a paramedic.

It has been two days and he is still only in Bangkok, but I already wish he never left. The shop is even emptier, even if we have new people who are just starting their DMT’s. It’s just not the same. I walked in this morning after the boat and I felt kind of lost because Adam wasn’t there to listen to the amazing stories of Chumphon and White Rock. It was the weirdest thing… like when a dog has lost his owner and has no clue where to go. I wanted to tell him about the hundreds of barracuda (everywhere!), about the school of batfish, the dancing shrimps, the filefish and more than anything else I wanted to tell him about the spastic grouper that almost slapped James in the face with its giant tail. However, no one knows when will be the next time I get to speak about diving with him.

Now, I’m saying I don’t wanna get attached to anybody else, but I already know it will be impossible. Someone else will walk in and start brightening my days with laughter and that will be another farewell to add to the list. It’s like the never ending story.

I don’t even wanna think about myself leaving the island and saying too many goodbyes at once…

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Phoenix Divers, Koh Tao

Familia es cuando la sangre te une, pero esa es solamente la descripción más básica del término. Hay muchísimas otras cosas que consiguen crear una familia con o sin lazos de sangre. Mi familia de ahora, del día a día, de mi presente, tiene un nombre – Phoenix Divers.

Pink Boat

Los primeros a los que sonrío por la mañana antes de que el reloj marque las 7am. Los últimos de los que me despido a la noche antes de caer en mi cama rendida.
Ellos son también los que me hacen reír a carcajadas todo el día y los que no paran de bromear. Son cada minuto de mis días, muchos minutos de mis noches, compañía constante.
Son mi familia en el barco, en la tienda, donde sea que vayamos todos juntos, pero sobretodo debajo del agua. Nos cruzamos en los dive sites y “hablamos” ante la fascinación de los estudiantes que no comprenden como podemos entendernos solo con gestos. Nos reconocemos por los trajes, las máscaras, las aletas, por la manera de flotar en el océano. Buceamos juntos y parece que lo hayamos hecho toda la vida… Es la complicidad de pasar muchas horas juntos unidos por una gran pasión que viene a ser casi lo mismo que lazos de sangre: son lazos de agua.

Familia de camino a Sail Rock 😀

Es bucear o hablar de buceo, estar en el barco o planear cuando volveremos a estarlo, es buscar peces o hablar de peces, es mirar mapas de dive sites o navegarlos con brújula, es aprender y enseñar, es ser feliz en conjunto cuando conseguimos que gente nueva se apasione con lo que les enseñamos. Es un lazo fuerte que se crea rápido y que a mi personalmente me llena muchísimo. Una pequeña prueba de lo que significa formar parte de esta familia es que cuando cualquiera de nosotros vuelve de un visa run busca el barco rosa desde el catamarán… “¿Where’s my pink boat today?” Esto salió ayer en una conversación de beer o’clock y la conclusión fue que todos sin excepción hemos hecho lo mismo. Todos sabemos lo que se siente a 25m de profundidad cuando por un segundo cierras los ojos y respiras profundamente sabiendo que estás exactamente donde quieres estar… Para todos nosotros la felicidad es salada y te permite flotar libremente.

Tortuga residente en White Rock

Lo que me devuelve una vez más a esa frase de Steve Jobs “You’ve got to find what you love. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it”.

I’ve found it. This is what I love.

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Penang, Malaysia

My first visa run ever 🙂

Y la felicidad de volver a Koh Tao con un visado de 3 meses. Mañana de vuelta al agua (y acercándome cada vez más al final del training)!!!

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Awesomeness

-How are you?

*Fucking fantastic.

I don’t want this feeling to go away.

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