I feel as though I've bored you all to sleep with pictures of beautiful beaches, palm trees, scuba dives and sea life. So, I'm going to tell you about someone else's life for a change. Or at least what I know about them. Meet my friends!
Lucy, in the glasses, is a fun young gal, who is doing her Divemaster internship at my dive shop. That's about all I know about her. I think she's British?
Jonathon, in the plaid, came to Roatan from Scotland, to get his Scuba Instructor certification. And then he met Amanda...
Amanda initially intended to travel Honduras and Guatemala for 6 weeks, after leaving her high profile job in an immigration law office in Boston. She started in Roatan. Met Jonathon. And never left.
They're disgustingly adorable, and I adore them both tons. Such a great story! They're embarking on a 6 week journey to see both families on both sides of 'the pond' in a day or so. Safe Travels guys!
Alex was one of the very first people I met when I moved to the island. Alex, though British, grew up with her family in Hong Kong. She's the calmest most easy going woman I have ever met. She is responsible for managing the operations at my dive shop, West End Divers, and she does a stellar job! Sadly, after 2 or so years, she's headed on another adventure to Thailand. You will be missed Alex!!
Laura moved to the island to teach elementary school age kids, after many months living in Thailand. She and Kelvin met almost immediately, and have dated ever since. Originally from just outside Toronto, Laura is so much fun, SUPER easy going and is always up for anything - Beach days, Kayaking, Cooking, Exploring, etc. I love her!
Dewi the Dutchie! (pronounced Davey) This lovely little lady came to Roatan after planning a year long travel with her boyfriend, who opted out of the trip just 2 weeks in. Though it was his choice to add Roatan to the itinerary, she decided to come anyway. What a great place he picked! Dewi fell in love with the island and its people, and quickly made a home and loads of friends here, and has worked as a dive instructor. She loves to cook, and is infamous for her fun dishes, with a European twist. The picture of her here was a few weeks ago when she turned my kitchen into a pizza factory. We had a great time, I think she made about 8 pizzas while I kept her company and we chatted and sipped wine. She's one of my favorite friends to sit and talk with, she has a lot of good advice and is a very grounded woman. Dewi is leaving me too... She met someone, and she's heading to spend the winter with him in Fernie, Canada. Brrrr!!!!
Rika keeps a great blog all about her adventures on Roatan, as well as a lot of helpful information about how to's of the island. She is also a dive instructor, so there's lots of good info about her daily diving life as well. It's a fun read, as long as profanity doesn't offend you ;) Since then, we were neighbors for a short while, and now that she's moved to another part of the island, we've become Saturday lunch buddies instead. I've introduced Erika on my blog before; she and I have very similar stories related to our decision to leave our high pressure jobs for a polar opposite lifestyle of fun in the sun. She's back home in Vancouver, Canada visiting, and we are patiently awaiting her return!
extreme entrepreneur, Avi comes up with 2-5 inventions a day, on average. They're always fun to hear, and generally will make you laugh your ass off! After leaving Toronto, Avi worked on cruise ships for a few years, before landing in Roatan permanently. He's been here the longest of most of my friends; 3 years.
These 2 met in their scuba diving class in Austin, Tx. Long story short; Marc challenged Ashley to a game of Corn Hole. If Marc won, Ashley had to do the limbo in front of the entire bar crowd. If Ashley won, Marc had to go on a dive trip with her. And here they are... Scuba Diving instructors traveling the world.
They're headed off on another journey as well in just a few short days. I'm SO bummed to see them go, and in fact, the ONLY reason I'm allowing them to go is so I have someone to visit in Thailand! ha ha. I really cherish these 2, and hope we stay in touch for years to come. Safe travels guys! see you on the 'other side'!
Dewey Dewey Dewey. What can I say about Dewey...
We met at West End Divers, where we were both diving. He came from San Fransisco for a week or so, and stayed a month. That evening, I invited him and his friend, Buck, to come sit on the rail with me at Buena Vida, where we proceeded to chain smoke cigarettes and drink entirely too many Salva Vidas, while Dewey revealed his incredible sense of story telling, and adventure. The one about peeing his pants intentionally, on a long bus trip in Siberia comes to mind...
Dewey holds West End records for Fish Taco consumption and Monkey La La tabs.
Since then, Dewey and I kept in touch, and he recently returned for a 2nd visit, where we had even more fun then the prior visit. Telling stories, drinking shots, staying out too late, taking crazy pictures, celebrating his birthday with Bioluminescence during a night dive, and more. I absolutely adore this guy, and his ability to make any stranger happy and comfortable. He has a zest for life like I've never seen before. Can't wait till you make it back to the rock D!
You probably know this guy by now! Alex has been such a blessing to have here in Honduras. He's so patient with my learning curve of island styles and the way things work. Or don't work. He's taught me about taxi navigation, scuba diving, Honduran cooking, generosity, I wish I could say dancing, because he's a fantastic dancer. When I asked him if he would teach me Salsa, he looked at me and tilted his head and said 'Have you ever seen the movie 'White Men Can't Jump?' ' Sad. But true my friend. He and I have had a great time together getting to know the island, and each other. I'm so lucky he was here to make this big move a little less scary. Thank you Alex!!
The Buena Vida. When it's slow, we sometimes hang out and trade little gossips & tell stories, and come up with brilliant ideas, that usually I fail on executing, but Joe and Wendy bring to life. We've been through some of the ups and downs of relocating to an island in Honduras together, although I have to hand it to these 2, they jumped right into the business world at the same time. These 2 are tough! I'm lucky to have them as my friends and neighbors.
This is Tom. I had to steal this picture from his Facebook, because he avoids cameras like he's a CIA agent. In fact, now that I'm thinking about it...
Tom has become a fabulous friend over the last year, and an even better room mate! Ha ha, we joke that since he splits his time between US and Honduras, he's the best room mate ever. But no, actually, he maybe the best room mate ever! He also kindly extends his US PO Box to those of us who need things from the states, and he makes a decent delivery around town every time he arrives. It's such a blessing!! On the island, Tom is a Scuba Diving Instructor at, yep, you guessed it! West End Divers! We have tons of fun together, and when he is here, we often end up at the kitchen table talking about life and diving and the island. He's always a joy to have around, always upbeat and positive. He's great fun to dive with, always hunting lionfish at 100 feet this guy! Love ya T!
James is a Dive Instructor at _____________ (fill in the blank!) and another kind, generous, easy to be around, calm soul. If Avi takes the wittiest award, then James definitely comes in second. And it's always a stellar delivery, with his sly British accent. He comes from the UK, or Switzerland, I'm not sure which, but I think in that order! Where he worked in finance, before he got the same brilliant idea as the exhibits above, to GET THE HELL OUT AND LIVE LIFE! I believe he is going on this 3rd year here on the island, and he and his lovely lady Sigita don't seem to be headed off any time soon, thankfully! I love having them around!
I'm not looking forward to seeing some of these people go. It's something that comes with the lifestyle of living here. They call it a 'Transient Place'. We've all become such a great group, and had so many adventures and fun times together. I just keep reminding myself, there's more people to visit in my travels later on down the road. Cheers guys!