Only Take Memories… Only Leave Bubbles

May 15, 2008

Last Sunday, I was finally able to get out of the resort and do some scuba diving (yuju!). Last month, I bought a waterproof case for my camera (it was even more expensive than the camera itself) and I was looking forward to using it. It is up to you to decide, after looking at the pictures, wether it was worth it or not. I went to the trip with John (from North Carolina and my fellow tiger), Bonnie (from Australia) and Deedee (from sunny Idaho).

We left the Hotel at 8:15am and went to the other side of Acapulco where a boat was waiting to take us to La Roqueta Island. We did 2 dives of 50 minutes each, have lunch in the boat and were back at the Hotel by 4pm.

Overall, the dives were pretty nice. Acapulco is on the Pacific side so the visibility and amount of marine life is not comparable to the Caribbean’s or the Red Sea’s. Said that, I was impressed by the high level of life and activity in the reef that we visited. I definitely place La Roqueta at the same level than Key Largo (Florida) in terms of diving quality.

We spotted a lot of great animals. Apart from the infinity of small tropical fishes, I saw a moray eel, a sea snake, dozens of stingrays, a sleeping octopus (octopuses go out hunting at night so it is then when it is fun to see them. During the day, they rest inside holes so you can only see their ass), an inflated puffer fish, a bank of crazy butterfly fish, a big torpedo ray and an eagle ray (one of my favorite animals under the sea. Unfortunately, I spotted it just after jumping into the water so I could only see it from far away).

You can see all the pictures in Flickr, but let me brag a little of underwater camera and paste some of my favorite pics…

Here is a PufferFish (Pez Globo) inflated like a balloon (apparently this one didn’t have stings):

The same PufferFish but not inflated: Read the rest of this entry »


My book list for Acapulco

April 7, 2008

My baggage almost exceeeded the plane’s weight limit. 90% of it were the books that I have brought with me with the goal of reading all of them before the end of the training. I am always very optimistice regarding how many books I am able to read:-)

(1) Some light reading to start: The Street Lawyer, Middlesex, the Bonfire of Vanities and Cup of Gold (as I always wanted to be a pirate, what better than reading the biography of the greatest pirate of all-Henry Morgan)

(2) Never miss a couple of good books on evolution: The Extended Phenotype (Richard Dawkins) and The Scars of Evolution (Elaine Morgan)

(3) Something scientific to feed my inner geek: A Short Story of Nearly Everything (Bill Bryson)

(4) Something in Spanish when my English is lazy: Diccionario Filosofico (Fernando Savater) and Meditando el Management y La Vida (Jordi Nadal)

(5) My latest hollystic obsession: 4 books with the 50 classics series from Tom Butler. A summary of the top-50 books in different topics (Success, psychology, spirituality and self-help)

(6) Ideas for my Retirement Plan: 100 Great Businesses and The Minds behind Them (Emily Ross)

(7) Planning my next trip: Lonely Planet guide to Cuba

(8) And finally, some Food for the Soul: Bikram Yoga (Bikram Choudhury), Essence of Yoga (Astadala Yogamala), The Happiness Hypothesis (Jon Haidt- thanks E. for the book!) and Letters from a Stoic (Seneca)

After reviewing the list, I think I would be happy if I read a third of these books!