Posts Tagged ‘climate’

We’re open for business!

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

It’s been waaaay too long since my last update, but we’re now finally up and running. Most of my time in the weeks since I wrote last were spent getting things ready, but it has now all paid off.  🙂 The new deck is beautiful, compressor works, we’ve got the staff we need, and we’re ready to go in the water! Our webpage is also up and running, although it needs a bit more work. Check it out at!

Whenever I’ve not been working, I’ve been hanging around not doing much of anything… We got one more employee a couple of weeks ago, Becky from England, and yesterday Mike came over from the Perhentian Besar to be our manager, like last year. As I’ve been writing this we also got our first customer. 🙂 Now I’m REALLY looking forward to finally getting in the water and start teaching.

I don’t know how often I’ll be writing while I’m here, because after the novelty wears off, it’s limited how interesting it will be to hear about my days: get up, eat, dive,  dive, eat, dive, dive, eat, socialize, sleep,  get up, and so forth and so on… However, I’ll go a little bit more in detail about the place here.

I live just upstairs, above the dive shop, so it’s not really a long commute to the office, in fact the office is closer than the toilet and shower… The toilets are the western “chair” type, not squatters, but they have no flush, instead you flush them with a scoop that’s placed in a bucket of water next to it. The showers have quite limited water pressure, and only cold water. Hot water is not something I really need, as the climate here is warm enough that only modesty and social norms create the need to wear anything at all. It is nice to have a hot shower every once in a while, though, because you feel a lot cleaner after a hot shower than a cold one. Thus, when I met a couple of girls from Bryne (near Stavanger in Norway) a few weeks ago and found out they were staying in the fancy Bubu Hotel, I made sure to borrow their shower before they left…

My meals are normally taken in Moonlight restaurant, which is just next to the shop, in the same building. The food is good, but I miss not being able to cook my own food. What I miss the most in the way of food, however, is Sørlandschips, the bes potato crisps ever… If anyone from Sørlandschips or their owners, Valora Trade Norway reads this, please send me a crate of Sørlandschips with sea salt! 😀

I work from 8am to 6pm, and we have a rotation between us deciding who gets up to open up shop at 7:30, and who closes up at 8pm. After a late dinner, I sometimes head up the beach to the shops for necessities, or the bars for a beer and socializing. Last night I spent some time with a cool group of people, a girl from Arizona travelling with her roommates gay lover, two girls from Brighton, two Swedish brothers and a couple from Norway, one of whom used to live across the street from my old house in Misjonsvegen, the other one in VÃ¥land! Small world…

My room above the shop is quite simple, but I have what I need: a bed, a fan, a mosquito net, a bookshelf and some pegs to hang my clothes from.

The climate here feels like what I was made for: temperatures during the day normally peak out between 32 an 35 degrees, and sink to 28-29 during the night, while the water is a constant 30 degrees. Most days are sunny with a bit of haze because of evaporation from the sea, and every once in a while we have a day or two of strong winds, torrential downpour and thunder and lightning. The greatest hazard around here are falling coconuts, but we also have some monkeys that can bite if teased (never even saw one) scorpions (never saw any of those either) and the occasional python. The mosquitoes here don’t carry malaria, but they are quite annoying around dawn and dusk.

Okay, now you know a bit about my life here. The everyday life sets in here too after a while, but then I look out at the white beach and the blue sea, consider the fact that I COULD be spending my days in some dreary office, and I’m fine again.  😉

Relaxing in Vanse

Monday, October 20th, 2008

StipeIt’s been almost a week since I left Stavanger with the first load. I’ve spent the time relaxing after the move, playing with my parents’ dog, Stipe (named after the Croatian president Stjepan “Stipe” Mesić ) and sorting out what I’ll be taking in my backpack…

My eee pc 901 has arrived, and it took me a whole day (and most of the night) to manage to nLite and install xp on it from my usb pen drive, but I finally managed. I am quite satisfied with the end result, both in size and performance, especially compared to the wobbly giant that came pre-installed. It’s taking some getting used to, typing on a keyboard that small, but I think I’ll get there. I’ve never liked touchpads though, so I might pick up a small portable mouse for it. I’ve already tried using Skype from it, with my little sister in England, and I was impressed! The battery life is also decent, so I think I’ll be satisfied with the purchase.

I’ve also bought travel insurance, from the company named Gouda, mentioned in my post of October 3. BOY is travel insurance expensive! It costs a bit over NOK 30,- per day! I guess all it takes is a single mishap before I’ve made up for it, though…

In the days to come, I need to finish my preparations, and then I’m going to Arendal for a few days, to visit my grandparents. The last days before I leave for St.Petersburg will most likely be spent in Oslo, but I’m not entirely sure when that’ll be. I’ll know more when Privjet has had my passport processed for visas in a couple more embassies. Those things take their sweet time, but time is a commodity I have, now. 🙂 That’s a wonderful feeling!

I watched a horror show on TV this evening. It was about what might happen in a worst case scenario if the temperature on the planet rises by 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 degrees. The changes at 2 degrees were drastic, and at 6 degrees they were cataclysmic… If any of them are even close to correct, this is one of the last chances anyone will have to experience some of the things I’m hoping to do on my trip. In as little as ten years, much of it might have changed irreversably. This is partly the reason why I’m choosing to do so little of my travelling by plane. I want to see the world without contributing more than necessary to it’s destruction…