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Great Barrier Reef – Magic

Kirri and me after snorkling smallI had 4 amazing days out on Great Barrier Reef snorkeling in the beginning of April and I had a blast. The animal and coral life is so amazing. I saw turtles, sharks (both sleeping and awake), sea cucumbers, starfish in amazing colours, baby squids, baby sting ray, jellyfish, fish in all colours and sizes and I found Nemo 🙂 – Even though the corals are bleached by the increasing acidicness in the ocean they’re still amazing. I took so many pictures under water and some are good but they’ll never be able to show the real life experience. I chose to take 4 days on the boat and there was always something new to experience on every snorkel even if I had two snorkels in the same reef. The company Reef Encounter has been awarded by TripAdvisor and I must admit it’s deserved.

  • All the crew was friendly, outgoing, helpful and very skilled.
  • The boat was perfect for the “mission”.
  • The Scottish cook made amazing food and there was more than enough – loved his accent by the way. Actually with my diet this is one of the few places where I’ve got amazing food and enough food for every meal.
  • Beside that the service level was amazing in the water. People that couldn’t swim was taken out by one of the crew members with a life saver and life jacket. Everybody was offered either a stinger suit or wet suit.

I chose to up-grade to top-deck because I then would have a personal assistant and since my dyspraxia makes my legs pretty quirky when I’ve been weightless in the water and because of my food allergies/intolerances. For me it’s so important that my safety is in top when having 4 days like this and then I can’t compromise with the food. My assistant was Kiri and she was so amazing and I miss her because I felt so comfortable with her and we had so much fun. She was really good at reading my signals and helping me with respect and so I still had my independence. Even more important but rare I felt we’re at the same level mentally speaking. At the same time I loved having Kiri to show me all the amazing stuff going on at the different location. Without her I hadn’t got the same experience. I must admit, I enjoyed getting the royal treatment.

I loved the security level at the boat like we were all counted 3 times a day where a crew member came around and we had to sign a sheet. Before going out in the water we’d to register and when we got back we had to sign it. One of the diving instructors was on watch and made sure all snorkelers was safe. The first day on the way out to the boat we’re thought the signs for I’m ok, I need a pick-up and I’m in trouble. Later I learned the sign for turtle, sting ray etc. So much fun 😀

You can swim in your swimsuit but depending on the season it’s wise to cover up some how because of stingers. We didn’t have any problem though. The boat have wet suits you can use in the water and if you’re not confident in the water it helps you float too.

The best thing though was the amazing people I met and the friends I got on the trip. I’ll carry you guys in my heart as a precious memory. And thank you to you guys that gave me a hand when needed. Love you guys.

Reefs we visited: Norman, Hasting and Coral Reef

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First stop Copenhagen

IMG_3269 copyThe ride of my life has started and I’m so relieved :). I started Friday on my new life and first stop was Copenhagen. I was lucky to meet up with an amazing danish lady Ulla from my fitness center in the airport so time went fast. In Copenhagen I’m visiting my bonus father Knud and as always we’re having a really good time 🙂

IMG_3270 copySaturday we went shopping and I’d forgotten how amazing it is to shop in a place where there is lots of organic fruit and vegetables. I’m  in heaven and loving it 🙂

Later we went to Gladsaxe Hallen and saw The Danish Championship in in-door rowing where Knud’s granddaughter won her class. Normally I’m a sports ignorant but I like watching when somebody I know is participating and on top Astrid did an amazing job. I got so inspired but I know rowing is out of my reach because of my IMG_3290 copyback but I’m so going to get strong and start participating in military/obstacle races 🙂

Today – Monday – I had invited Knud on a very old restaurant called “Det Lille Apotek” (The small pharmacy) for a early celebration of his upcoming birthday. As a bonus I could check of a point on my 101 things to do when you survive list. The place is quiet famous in Copenhagen because of the amazing service and traditional danish food. We got a fish dish called “stjerneskud” (shooting star). It’s a steamed and a butter fried flounder filet served with asparagus, scrimps, caviar, slices of lemon and dill. We’re still full 😀

The weather is typical grey danish winter so it IMG_3317 copyrains and is windy but we take a walk every day and beside that I get a lot of needed rest and sleep. Beside that I’ve prepared my luggage for my trip so all is ready for my adventure 🙂

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