I can't help it. My hopes are up. I'm not generally one to get my hopes too high, for fear of falling that much farther. I rarely reveal my hopes to others, unless they're near and dear to my heart either. But, this one, I've got my sights set on, and I can't wait to see where it takes me.
I forget where I was at the time, I decided to be silly & daydreamy and search craigslist ads in other countries. I remember I was on my cell phone, ok wait, I think it was Rock Bottom in downtown Portland.
If you've ever searched for something on Craigslist in a foreign country, then you know it's an American thing. Unless you are a web cam porn star or an entreprenuer with deep pockets, that you'll likely never refill. However, this particular day I saw an ad that caught my eye. It was listed in Belize. 'Scuba Ambassador'. It was very vague, but I responded anyway, offering to commute between islands. Why the hell not.
Within an hour, they responded, asking me where I was and what I was looking for. We corresponded via email for a couple of weeks, and had something in common. I had plans to relocate, and he had clients on the island I was headed for. His company handles PR for resorts whose main focus is scuba diving in paradise. Oddly, this has become MY main focus as well...
Over the last few months, we've corresponded back and forth. Today he asked me to call him. His 'Ambassador' is leaving the island, and needs a replacement. And here I sit; an opportunity of a lifetime. Not the money, only part time, but the opportunity to meet people, photograph above and below the water, gain more dive experience, promote the island, and make a small means while doing so. On the island I've fallen for. <3 Roatan <3