Welcome back to Europe

A little reminder of fun times in Belize with Chippa: Felix and I are finally back together in Euope, and what an incredible welcome it was! The day after I flew in, Felix and I headed over to Belgium to meet Chelsea and Dave, who were visiting for 10 days, and our Belgian friends Erwin, Sanne,…

Exploring Belize

One month volunteering at Wildtracks passed in a blur, suddenly it was my final week. Hannah left a few days before me and went to San Pedro, on the little island of Ambergris Caye, off the coast of Belize, to learn how to SCUBA dive. My dad and Diane came down to visit and check out the…

Wildtracks Primate and Manatee Rehabilitation Center, Belize

Wildtracks is a primate and manatee rehabilitation center in northern Belize. My good friend Hannah and I are volunteering at Wildtracks for one month. She flew in from Colorado and I joined her a few days later from Tahiti. Working with monkeys is something we’ve talked about since we were housemates in undergrad, so we…

Surfing in Haapiti, Moorea

Moorea is a mountainous island fringed by coral reef, the smaller, quitter sister of Tahiti. Felix and I hitched from the ferry port in Vaiare to our next surf spot, Haapiti. The smiling Tahitian who gave us a ride wore her long black hair in a high bun with a white flower tucked behind her…

Surfing in Papara, Tahiti

Tahiti is known for its amazing surf: intense reef breaks at the mouths of the passages leading into the lagoons. The waves break directly onto the barely-submerged coral reefs, a dangerous place to be should a surfer miss the takeoff and get washed. Felix’s surf guide describes the most famous break, Teahupoo, as “kamakazee and…

Arrival in Tahiti

Tahiti. Synonymous amongst wedding planners for “paradise”. Synonymous amongst coconut milk run cruisers for “underwhelming – get in, stock up, and get out”. What will Tahiti mean to us? We sailed to the main city of Papeete and docked at the newly re-designed marina downtown, so new the slips were half off for the month…