Some thoughts in Bali

It’s a long time since my last post: I was busy in exploring several beaches (Gili Trawangan, Gili Air), chilling out (Ubud), snorkeling/diving (Tulamben), smartphone gaming (Plague Inc: being a virus and destroying humanity has never been so much fun), doing nothing (“il dolce far niente” to keep the real expression, in Italian), but finally I’m inspired again to fulfill my goal to blog something during my sabbatical trip in Southeast Asia…

Here I am, still in Bali and not by coincidence: it’s the island of the Gods! So of course I had to stay longer here.

I didn’t hike any mountain or volcano, but I’ve seen plenty of things (mostly temples, island, beaches and last but not least the treasures hidden in the ocean, underwater) and enjoyed my time, even with simple things.

Snorkeling and diving was the best I could enjoy here and I’m so happy to get rid of my fear of the water, finally!

I remember that in 2011, before saying “yes” to the diving offer I got in Ko Phangan and doing the open water course in Ko Tao, I was not used to go in the water and not even used to stay to the beach. I was the kind of guy “naaa, I prefer mountains than sea”. In reality I was afraid of the water and that way just a lame excuse to stay away from it.

I’m so happy to have begun a journey to fight a fear and transform it into a pleasure. It took 2 years, but the result is amazing. Now, not only I can dive and do snorkeling without a life west (before this trip I could do snorkeling only with a life west): I can even swim in the sea without fins and without mask (having sensitive eyes I still prefer to wear a mask, but also without it’s ok). I’m really proud of it.

Still I’m not a good swimmer (probably it’s a good idea to put in my to-do list to improve my technique and my skills) and I have my respect for the water. But one thing is sure: after beginning to dive a new world opened up to me.

Photo of me diving with my girlfriend

Diving is -for me- like being an astronaut and at the same time living inside of a dream -an aquarium in the space- but it’s real and all laws about physics apply. Typically, scary fishes like sharks become, once you are a diver, trophies you are looking for. Diving let you change perspective and learn new things about the world and about yourself.

And the dive talks. I was thinking it’s just for diving aficionados, but I finally heard the first diving story from a dive master in Tulamben, about an accident. I heard that story just after witnessing a dive accident with my own eyes. It happened in my group, during a night dive: a guy –who already had a bit of flu- lost consciousness for a second. Worried, he ascended. Instead of stopping diving, he descended again. He got some problems equalizing, so he ascended again, to be rescued, all of this after a series of “unlimited dives” for several days. He got a narcosis (too much nitrogen). Nothing too critical, but it was painful and he had to get oxygen and stop diving for a day. Scary, but interesting at the same time.

Still, diving is fun and I’m looking forward for my next 2 dives tomorrow, in Menjangan. And watching the dolphins in the ocean (I’m in Lovina mainly for this purpose).

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