"This is…not a science issue. This is an issue of markets and economics," said Davies. "A scientist would just get bogged down and not get it."
Rob & Aga wedding
Went for a hike to Gruyeres, where they make the famous cheese…
Lausanne is an awesome place to live…
Went to visit some friends in Freiburg, Germany
Went skiing in Verbier a couple of times. Good pow :)
Went freediving in Dahab, Egypt. 31m on one breath.
Went back to Edinburgh for a couple of days after the job interviews
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico - Next stop, Mexico. We flew into Cancun and went straight to Playa del Carmen. Super touristy with a Starbucks on every corner, we were a bit shocked after the remoteness of Galapagos. However, PdC is an excellent base for diving in some of the world’s clearest waters. Conny took a free diving course with Maca Benitez of Apnea freediving, who claimed he “swims like a ballerina” and was a natural freediver after successfully diving down to 20m in a cenote (freshwater sinkhole) at his first attempt. Following his course, we spent several days diving. First of all in a cenote called Chac Mol. Although there is not much in the way of life in the caves, we experienced the halocline (where the salt and freshwater meet), which creates this surreal view. Although you remain underwater, you feel like you are looking down at the water from above as if you were looking at a pool from land. After moving through one of the caves, we reached an air pocket, where we took out our regulator and breathed fresh air. And finally, the light - it gets really dark inside the cave, but looking back at the opening, the light is really magical. We followed this dive with two days of diving from Cozumel island, and we saw turtles and reef sharks. The highlight was the clarity of the water, the colourful reefs and diving through small tunnels in the reefs. Following Cozumel, we went to Isla Mujeres, which I’m sure is beautiful 99% of the time, but while we were there, all it did was rain and rain until the streets were flooding. Onwards to Miami, where it rained some more, and Tampa, Florida where it rained a little bit more. Once again, the weather matched exactly how we were feeling at the end of our amazing trip.
With its volcanic landscapes, incredible reefs and pristine beaches, we were blown away by Galapagos. We crossed the equator several times (pic 2) as we made our way around Isabela island. Pinnacle rock (pic 2) made for excellent snorkelling as well as beautiful views. Pic 6 shows dolphins swimming along next to the boat. The final picture from South Plaza Island, shows the magnificent contrast between the land, the beach and the water.
As well as the diving and the wildlife on Galapagos, we had so much fun on our cruise and met a great group of people. We discovered Swedish fish sweets from the US, totally appropriate for Conny. Conny somehow persuaded the captain to let him drive the boat (mayday, mayday!) and let us jump off the roof into the sea. We loved the beaches at La Loberia on San Cristobal and Tortuga Bay on Santa Cruz (pic 4), and had magnificent views of the volcanic scenery and Pinnacle rock from Bartholomew island (pics 2&3). The snorkelling was fantastic and we saw another mola mola, too many giant turtles to count, and had an incredible time frolicking with the sea lions.