I take the 8:43 bus to work every morning. It’s the same bus each day, the same driver, same people, I even take the same seat. The people who wait for the bus at my stop, are the same as well. Once I’m on the bus, I quietly observe as the monotony unfolds. There’s an old man who greets me every morning, a kid who gets on at my stop and hopes that his friend gets in at the next stop, the kid’s friend who’s always running late and is seen sprinting across the road towards the bus, every single day! A pretty girl who sits across me and never once moves her gaze away from the phone, and an old lady who wouldn’t sit next to me even if the bus is full. These people right here, are my daily companions on the bus journey to work; well on the first part of my journey actually. Then the bus stops, and I’ve to run two hundred meters in 3 minutes if I want to catch the connecting bus, and hope not to die of a heart attack doing this. The next bus is pretty dull, it fills up quickly and once it does, every human on the bus looks down at the bright lights in their palms, and never once looks up. But yesterday, everything changed! There was a girl, looked around 25, she was tall and had a slender form, she wore black jeans and a blue sweater, her glasses made her look like an owl. She held a black handbag, her hair was brown and was tied up like a fountain. She didn’t have earphones plugged into her ears, didn’t look once at her phone. I thought she didn’t even have a phone. She just stared at the different faces consumed by bright lights. As my stop arrived, I thought to myself ‘what a beautiful day it has been’ and prepared to get off, and something unexpected happened. The pretty girl reached into her coat pocket and pulled out one of the bright light devices, plugged in her earphones, and in an instant she too was gone. I didn’t even know her name, yet I felt sad as I got off the bus; plugged in my earphones and started walking, looking at the bright lights in my palm.
My friend admiring a statue near Chateau du Versailles, France.
Lake near the Chateau du Versailles.
A walk in the garden, Versailles.
Portraits on the wall.
I had been to Bali recently, exclusively for diving, and during the two weeks that I was there, I have dived every single day. The waters offer good diversity in terms of aquatic life, great visibility, beautiful dive sites for all skill levels. I was able to dive in almost all the dive sites in Padang Bai, Nusa Penida, Gili Tepykong, Gili Selang. However, I wasn’t able to dive in Tulamben where the famous liberty ship wreck is present, due to the active volcano. All my dives were with “Adventure Scuba Diving Bali”, a 5 star PADI dive centre, with amazing instructors from different parts of the world. Here are some pictures from my dives. All pictures were taken using a gopro hero 5.
A hawksbill sea turtle feeding on coral
A school of yellow snappersMr. Sting Ray blending in with the surroundings.
A diver waits for the submarine Odyssey to pass
A Hawksbill sea turtle
A diver swims over a small nest of fishes.
A picture with the gentle giants, Mantas.
Dancing with the fishes
A beautiful box fish
An old Buddha statue
Up close and personal with a Manta Ray
Bamboo reef shark
More Mantas visiting divers
At one of my favourite dive sites in Bali, the Jetty.
At the JettyTwo weeks of diving comes to an end, and I return home with stories to tell.
I was in Golfe Juan (near Cannes) for 10 days this summer, exclusively for diving, and I must say it is a great place for diving! I dived with the most popular dive centre of this region, “Diamond Diving”. The … Continue reading