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Taking the long view

October 1, 2013

With a dreary Scottish winter ahead I have decided to take the plunge – literally – and I’m heading off to do a bit of diving for a few months.

I’ve been thinking about another trip for a while and finally, despite the usual calvinist rumblings from my inner Scot, I set aside my ‘get-a-job’ imperatives and booked a trip to work on a conservation project in West Papua, Indonesia.  Raja Ampat is such a devil of a place to get to, that a long trip makes a lot of sense.  Or it does to me, at any rate.  Don’t you find it’s amazing what you can justify when you put your mind to it?

So, for the next 2 – 3 months I’ll be living here and diving most days.


I’m assured that I will get a 3G signal here, although my inner sceptic remains to be convinced.   If it all goes to plan I’ll be posting my best pics and stories in this blog as I go.  I’m planning to take video as well as my usual photos this time.   This is going into the prime season for manta sightings and I have high hopes of getting some amazing manta vids.

Current status:  Vaccinations updated.  Antimalarials in the post.  Indonesian embassy working hard on my visa.  Dive kit laid out in the spare room ready for packing.

In less than three weeks I’ll be on my way!

  1. Safe trip Leslie and have a great time. I’ll be looking forward to your blog posts.


  2. Sue Williams permalink

    Oh wow how fabulous. Have a wonderful time Leslie. xx

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