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Imagine it. You’ve arrived in a city completely unlike your own, late at night, with no where to stay and no idea of where to go. Far, far away from home you know no one, or nothing of this new, but potentially interesting place, so where do you stay and what do you do.
Hospitality comes in many forms, but, if you head to the nearest internet café to search you will find that one of the most unusual forms of hospitality comes in the guise of Couch Surfing. Couch Surfing is a phrase coined literally meaning to sleep on friends couches, sofa’s, settee’s or whatever you call them in lieu of a bed that you don’t own. Often people in between tenancies or temporarily homeless will couch surf for a few weeks.
Since 2001 Couch Surfing has become a worldwide phenomena with over 2 million members. Members register their details on a website inviting overseas travellers to stay at their hospitality for a few days, in return when the host goes travelling, they become the Couch Surfer on someone else’s couch in a different country, and so the cycle of goodwill and hospitality begins.
There are members from all over the world from Orlando to Oman, and thousands of success stories. Security-wise it has proven to be a safe option for anyone including lone females, as all members are required to verify their identification and previous Couch Surfers will post stories and experiences of the places they have stayed on the website. It is cheap – it costs nothing but the host’s hospitality, and maybe a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates from the visitor.
One impressed Couch Surfing guest, then host is Kirsten from Sydney, Australia: “I had joined Couch Surfing before setting off for Europe and when I was travelling Germany I found it the perfect way to see Munich. I arranged to stay with two guys, who cooked me a fabulous dinner and showed me the sights of the city, which as a tourist you just wouldn’t see. They were knowledgeable and absolutely fun. It was an experience I would definitely recommend.”
In return for the hospitality given to her by the German’s, and to pass on the good karma that couch surfing is all about, Kirsten played host to Nicola from Chicago, USA: “I was studying in Melbourne and really wanted to see Sydney for a few days before I went home. Being a student I was pretty broke, so I checked out Couch Surfing and found Kirsten. I stayed with her for a few days and it was so much fun, seeing the sights and living the Australian life, with Australians rather than with other travellers with whom it’s a very different experience.” Nicola played host to visitors to Chicago later that year, and, as Couch Surfing intended, the cycle of hospitality continues.
So when you’re stuck in a foreign land and need a place to stay, or just a friendly face to show you around, or if you’d like to show someone your own hometown, remember the altruistic hospitality of Couch Surfing, and surf away.
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Well been diving a lot recently but as usual have not been stopping for photos. This week Cheryl, Fred and Sean dove with me. We had a pretty awesome day on the water, light seas good vis, fish everywhere. It’s really a night and day difference between diving in Key West in summer and winter. […]
Deep Blue Water Spearfishing
Where in the Caribbean can you find numerous different options for fishing, ranging from bone to fly, and even deep-sea fishing? The Bahamas offers all these different options and more, making it one of the premier holiday destinations for fishing enthusiasts. You’ll soon find that, when in the Bahamas fishing, the area is a Mecca for marine life. However, if you forget the modern boats and hi-tech rods you’ll soon find that a native form of catching your prey is not only the most rewarding, but also allows you to get back to nature and discover ancient skills that have been lost in the hubbub of modern life:
Remember the scene in the film, The Beach, when Richard arrives on a remote Thai beach and learns the art of spear-fishing? Swap the Thai beach for the tropical waters of the Caribbean and you have your own natural paradise. However, unlike Leonardo Di Caprio’s character you won’t have to fashion your own spear out of bamboo, as the only weapon allowed in the Bahamas’ fishing version is the Hawaiian sling, designed to act in the same way as an underwater slingshot. While this sling technique isn’t as up to date as the sling gun – the more commonly used method for spear fishing – Bahamas’ officials have banned such methods to preserve the volume of fish currently living in the waters.
You need to be more than just a hunting aficionado in order to really excel in the Bahamas fishing for your prey. Some of the best spear fishermen are masters at free-diving, an extreme sport where competitors reach record depths and distances on a single breath. Taking a Hawaiian slingshot with you and attempting to catch prey while free diving really adds an element of thrill to the mix. However, if you haven’t practised free diving before then it’s probably not a good idea to do so with a slingshot in your hand. It is still easy to enjoy spear fishing while diving normally or even when snorkelling.
The time of the year can really make a difference to, not just the visibility of the water, but the prey that you are fishing. Bahamas’ tropical islands might be the perfect destination on a year round basis, but the months of May, June and July have the best visibility and the warmest waters. If it’s bonefish that you’re after then the cooler waters of November through to February are when wahoo and bonefish are abundant.
When in The Bahamas fishing with just a spear you’ll need to wear a specialist wetsuit. Some of these wetsuits come in two pieces and often include an optional hood and shorts. You’ll also need to wear fins, gloves and a mask. Many professional spear fishers use water belts to aid a faster descent, as well as wearing special fins which are slightly longer than your average scuba diving fins.
Of course, before you get good enough to start spear fishing professionally you’ll need to learn with an experienced guide. There are numerous companies in The Bahamas that can take you out, although you’ll be required to watch some vital safety information and undergo training before you try it for yourself!
Omar Isaacs is the Marketing Executive for The Bahamas Tourist Board, a tourist organisation that can help you discover the perfect Bahamas fishing holiday, and assist you to select and book the right type of Bahamas fishing holiday for you.
Well the diving in Key West has been off the charts the past month. The early cool weather has fish coming out of the wood work. There are grouper all over the reef. Of course the season is about to close which is bad on one hand and good on the other. I know I […]
Deep Blue Water Spearfishing
If you are already an experienced diver then spearfishing is a great way to expand your skills. Spearfishing is an exciting hobby that can provide all the thrill of the chase in amazing underwater environments.
What exactly is Spearfishing?
Spearfishing is a little different to regular fishing. In this sport you target specific prey and this avoids the risk of harming other marine life. One of the problems of regular fishing is that it can be indiscriminate and many fish and other marine creatures can get caught in lines and nets unnecessarily.
When you go spearfishing you will use a rubber or pneumatic speargun to hunt prey. These are one-shot devices so you will need to target prey carefully.
What Equipment Do I Need?
Spearfishing can be carried out in shallow waters with snorkelling gear or in deeper waters with scuba diving equipment. Scuba units allow you to stay under the water for longer and track prey at different depths. As well as diving gear you will also need a few specialist items of spearfishing equipment:
Speargun this is your primary hunting tool when spearfishing. Spearguns are dangerous weapons so you do need to be very careful with them. Only load spearguns when you are underwater and never store or transport them loaded on land. When you are swimming along keep the gun pointed down and away from other divers and water users. Before you take a shot check around quickly to make sure the water is clear around the prey target. Spearguns are available in a range of shapes and sizes. A 1.1m rubber speargun will be suitable for most requirements. However if you are hunting larger prey you may need a more powerful pneumatic speargun.
Catch Bag you will need somewhere safe to secure your catch whilst you are underwater. Net catch bags are a good option as they allow the water to drain out. This makes them much easier to carry around. Try to avoid keeping your catch bag on your belt. This can attract underwater predators to you and can make it difficult to move around. Tie catch bags to your float line instead.
Dive Knife even a direct hit from your speargun will not usually be enough to kill prey instantly. This means they can thrash around and attract the attention of predators. You will need a sharp dive knife to finish off prey quickly and cleaning. Dive knives are also essential safety tools. You can use them for many tasks such as cutting yourself free if you get tangled in netting or line.
If you have already completed your scuba diving training then you can get started straight away with spearfishing. Its best to begin with reef fishing as this offers plenty of prey opportunities. Make sure you check if there are any spearfishing restrictions operating in your dive spots. In some cases certain fish will be protected or there may be catch bag limits.
Spearfishing can allow you to broaden your scuba diving horizons. If you already have all the scuba diving equipment and snorkelling gear then you will only need a few more items to get started. Spearfishing equipment is widely available and you can buy all you need online.
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Well I got a monster king yesterday, figured I should write a post on it. Wahoo season has been really slow compared to last year. I think they may have come through early while grouper season was still open. My friend from North Carolina said they left from up there a month early, so I […]
Deep Blue Water Spearfishing
There is a lot to be said about choosing to live in remote areas of the world. The kind of peace and quiet that can be found in secluded areas cannot be replicated, and the natural beauty that is often found is hard to match. For people who prefer solitude and a more relaxed, easy going approach to life, rural living is the way to go. There are certain prices to pay for solitude however. When someone lives in the middle of nowhere, there is a very low likelihood that internet providers and other urban luxuries go that far. Fortunately, people no longer have to make a choice between country living and internet access thanks to wonder of satellite internet.
Depending on a person’s need for the internet, there are different packages and setups that they can choose from. Individuals who are looking to run a business from their rural location are going to need to purchase the most deluxe deal available in order to have the kinds of connection speed that is necessary for streaming video that is used for things like video conferencing and other business related communication. The basic ability to check e-mail and slowly surf the web will not be sufficient. For this kind of satellite internet a person will need two-way satellite communication because it is faster, but also, more expensive.
Two-way communication requires a terrestrial dish that both sends and receives information to the satellite orbiting in space. No matter how much money a person spends, the problem of latency will always be an issue. The delay between when the computer makes a request and when it receives the information is simply a matter of how far the signal has to travel and while it travels thousands of miles within a few milliseconds, this manifests into a tangible delay for the satellite internet user. While it is possible for an individual to have high speed internet access in a rural location, it will not be the exact same as if they were using cable or DSL.
For individuals who simply want to have a faster connection than dial-up can offer, satellite internet is definitely the way to go. People who are operating within a more rigid budget can tweak their use to make it cheaper. Two-way satellite communication is the most expensive form of internet connection because it requires the connection to be on at all time. One-way communication combines the power of dial-up and satellite. This kind of setup sends outgoing data through the dial-up connection to the internet and receives information from the satellite to the terrestrial dish. This is a much more cost effective way to use the internet when it is only for personal use and basic communication.
Living in a rural location no longer means having to wait around patiently for the dial-up connection to work and slowly trudge through the most simple of operations. Satellite internet means that people can stay in touch with loved ones no matter how far away they are and do not have to suffer through a mind numbingly slow connection in order to do so.
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