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Diving rox!

August 3, 2007

Hi,

Diving is cooooool!
We (Jochen & me) just arrived today from a 3-day diving trip on the great barrier reef. After doing our PADI open water course on Mon, Tue we went to a boat on the reef and spent there the last 2 nights. Sooo good. We did 9 dives (one of them at night), saw heaps of sharks, turtles, lionfishes, nemos, doris etc…
My favorite fish is the parrotfish: he eats corals and shits sand :D. Don’t know how, but he converts the corals somehow into sand.
The night dive was pretty awesome. Lots of dark water but we saw 2 sharks and a couple of funny fishes.
We are now allowed to dive down to 18 meters. Today we had 19,5 😀 Shit…

We did (as usual) thousands of pictures (and movies of shitting parrotfishes 🙂 ) with an underwater camera. I have them on my computer put no WLAN access at the moment.
Will try to put them online in the next days.

Tomorrow we’ll rent our wicked “wicked camper” to drive first up north to cape tribulation (where the jungle meats the beach… pretty much the same as in wilsons promotory), port duglas etc and than driving down on sunday or monday to sydney. We have pretty much 23 days for approx. 3500 km 😀
We got an extra insurance – jochen’s driver skills are not the best though… 😀 😀 😀

All right.
Have to go!
Have a great time you all!
Will write more in the next days (and answer comments!!)

Ben & Jochen

**** Edit ****

Some (more or less) cool pictures from our diving trip.
Enjoy laughing 😉

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Jochen after a haaaard and long night at the diving center

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Diving center

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Our luggage

Great Barrier Reef - diving
One of the most poisoness marine animal called lionfish.. *roar*

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Briefing the next dive 😉

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Jochen tries to get in his wetsuit playing the airguitar (Luftgitarre 😉 )

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Jochen

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Ben

Great Barrier Reef - diving
*blub*

Great Barrier Reef - diving

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Nemo’s blue brother

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Diving in shallow water

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Nice colors

Great Barrier Reef - diving
No comment

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Woohoo

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Woohoo with seacucumber (real name! )

Great Barrier Reef - diving
“FISHI FISHI FISHI!!!!” (refering to “finding nemo”)

Great Barrier Reef - diving

Great Barrier Reef - diving

Great Barrier Reef - diving

Great Barrier Reef - diving
When it’s too cold you just have to use your body temperature… 😉

Great Barrier Reef - diving
I told him a joke…

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Smiling is not that easy under water 😉

Great Barrier Reef - diving

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Boooo

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Jump

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Jump²

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Great Barrier Reef - diving
Snorkeling…

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Tastes like fish 🙂

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Prepare…

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…to jump

Great Barrier Reef - diving
What the fuck…?

Great Barrier Reef - diving

Great Barrier Reef - diving

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Back on the boat…

Great Barrier Reef - diving
The “before the nightdive” picture. I won’t show you the “after” picture…

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Lots of dark water…

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Even darker…

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Cheers

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Nemo!!

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Napoleon fish (I think…)

Great Barrier Reef - diving
The sand-shitting parrotfishes

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Ben diving

Great Barrier Reef - diving

Great Barrier Reef - diving

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Tim (Sung minh) from Korea – he hired the underwater camera originally

Great Barrier Reef - diving
The PADI open water license allows you to dive down to 18 Meters… 😉

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Chilling out…

Great Barrier Reef - diving

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Stingray… deadly as everybody nows

Great Barrier Reef - diving

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Deph gauge

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Jochen sleeping on the boat

Great Barrier Reef - diving
David our diving instructor – cool guy 🙂

Great Barrier Reef - diving
The boat we spent 3 days diving on

Great Barrier Reef - diving

Great Barrier Reef - diving

Great Barrier Reef - diving

Great Barrier Reef - diving

Great Barrier Reef - diving

Great Barrier Reef - diving
The boat has to return to Cairns every 3 Month to get some fuel and repairs done…

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Our cabine

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Jochen@Relaxing@Cranberrie juice (awesome picture!! 😀 )

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Kevin alone on the boat…

Great Barrier Reef - diving
We did some shootings for a fashion cataloge… 😀 😀 😀 (I can’t stop laughing)

Great Barrier Reef - diving
“Are you only wearing this towell…?”

Great Barrier Reef - diving
@Night: “Look! A fish!!”

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Briefing…

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Briefing…

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Raul

Great Barrier Reef - diving
David

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Jochen@Remarque

Great Barrier Reef - diving
I love sunglasses

Great Barrier Reef - diving
On the way back – “Look, a wale!!”

Great Barrier Reef - diving
No, that’s not my finger

Great Barrier Reef - diving
Back in Cairns…

Great Barrier Reef - diving

We hope you all enjoyed the pictures.
We are in Mission beach at the moment (150 km south of Cairns) and try to figure out where we are going next 😉

Have a good time!
Cheery,

Jochen & Ben(ny)

5 comments

  1. Hi Benny,

    nice to read from you!
    I’m glad to read, that your diving was wonderful!
    And I’m happy, that you have apparent the adventure very good survived!
    Ohhh, I think my English ist terrible 🙂 !
    But I’m sure, you know what I mean.
    Especially, because you are really my SON !!!
    I love the parrotfish too!
    His color is wonderful and always different. What a nice look under water!
    But I’m really glad, that you have enjoyed the diving course. At night under water, it was very uncanny for me. Did you have (?) the same feeling?
    And now you are on the road again.
    I hope your camper mobile drives very well. I think it’s a good idea because you are independent.
    So I wish you and of course Jochen a lucky time, sunny weather, free roads und always nice experiences!
    All the best for you my lovely son 🙂
    and for Jochen too!
    A lot of greetings to the Australien summerboys
    from
    your athomemum
    (stolperholper)


  2. jep, ich fühle mich durch deinen blog leicht in der zeit zurückversetzt! 😛 jetz muss ich aber auch mal was machen, verdammt! also viel spaß weiterhin! bis bald in good old germany!


  3. Howdy Ben!!

    Woah dude! There was some AWESOME pictures there!! Could certainly tell that you boys are having a blast out there!! I’m very very envious! Wish i was back out there swimming with the Nemos – they rock compared to your sand $hitting parrot fish… =P Hehehehehe… j/k dude… “Fish are all friends! Not food!” 😉

    Continue to have a kick a$$ time travelling the great land of Oz! Love the blog and the photos! Keep ’em coming! =D

    Cya hopefully in Brissy (if not! Definately when you get back to Melb!) *waves*

    ~Cindy~


  4. Hi Benny,

    a lot of wonderful and greatful pictures!

    I’m very happy to know, that you have seen this all!
    And I’m back in the past, when I was under water too. It is and it was a great experience.
    Thank you for the nice nice nice pictures and the permanent laughing 🙂 🙂 🙂
    but
    where are the fashion cataloge photos from you???????
    Love
    Mum


  5. Moin, Wichtel!

    Fantastic Trip that! Diving is like flying in a strange but peacefull world. It’s wonderfull and I love it so much!
    It seems you’re approaching a peak of the journey, isn’t it?
    All day new impressions and limit-experiences. Collect them in your mind having confidence and light in dark days …

    “Und dir, Frodo Beutlin, schenke ich das Licht Earindils, unseres geliebten Sterns, möge es dir ein Licht sein an dunklen Orten, wenn alle anderen Lichter ausgehen.”

    I’m thoughtfully today …

    Paps



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